Originally Posted by exander
Maybe I should increase my price a little bit? How about $200-$250? I'm definitely fine with used.
My plan is to hook up a Chromecast Audio so I don't have to worry about Bluetooth compression. Just need analog ins or toslink.
Any thoughts on Yamaha vs. Onkyo? I've had Onkyo in the past (1980's) and been pretty happy with them. Would love to get a Cambridge Audio because I hear they're pretty warm but they're too much.
Am I correct that the full size amps would probably sound better than the D-Class amps?
Tough questions. Even with Streaming, Bluetooth can come in handy, don't NOT buy an amp because it has it, but in your situations with Chromecast Audio, you don't really need it, so no need to seek it out.
One example would be if a guest was at your house, and wanted you to hear a song they liked. True you could search it out on one of the Chromecast Streaming Services, but they could also connect to the system by Bluetooth and Stream it direct.
While Bluetooth isn't perfect, it is probably as good as a typical MP3, so not that bad. Just not as good as better streaming options.
Like I said, I have the non-Bluetooth version of the Onkyo TX8220 Receiver
, I use it on my Computer. It has 45w/ch which is fine for most uses. I've used the TX8220 on my TV for Movie watching, and now use it on my Computer. It works fine, and has decent build. I would not say it is bright, but rather it doesn't have the warm bass of the Yamaha. But the Onkyo are exceptionally clear for a low cost amp.
By the way, I have both Yamaha and Onkyo, the best I ever heard my system sound was when I Bi-Amp with the Yamaha on the Bass only, and the Onkyo on the Mid/High only. Good full bass with stunning clarity. But I simply don't have room for that many amps in my system.
Best Value is likely to come with a Stereo Receiver, however, best quality is likely to come from an Integrated Amp, though Integrated amps tend to be more expensive.
Stereo Receivers -
Integrated Amps -
Again( I think) Accessories4Less
has B-Stock. My 100w/ch Yamaha RX-797 Stereo Receiver is a B-Stock and has been running for nearly a decade without problems.
B-Stock Receivers -
SORT BY PRICE - I can sort them for you, but the link gets very long and messy.
B-Stock Integrated Amp -
Keep in mind that B-Stock is very much subject to available supply, so stock levels fluctuate. You can see that many products are on Notification, meaning notify me if the product becomes available. Also, COVID-19 is probably not helping matters any.
These Yamaha amps have Networking built-in, but they are still pretty nice amps at a pretty nice price.
The suggested retail on these is closer to $350.
For maximum amp at minimum cost, the Yamaha RS202
has plenty of power, though a somewhat basic amp, but you don't really need a lot of complex features.
If you look at the link, you can find a picture of the back of the Amp. Pretty basic Analog Inputs.
Is this a great amp, no, what it is is $130.
In this low price range, I might rate the Onkyo quality a bit over the most basic Yamaha. Yamaha put their small budget into very powerful so-so amps. Onkyo put their money into slightly better but less powerful amps, though again, 45w/ch is fine.
Also, note that due to COVID-19 many of these amps are out of stock, though they are very common and should be available from 100's of other dealers. Just a matter of finding one with the Amp in stock. A GOOGLE search might be helpful.
Here is another Reliable Source - ABT.com
Notice they have Stereo and AV Receiver mixed together, but there is an option to FILTER and SORT.
Here is another reliable Seller in Chicago -
The RN303 has Network Streaming built-in, but it is currently on sale at a bargain price.