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Atmos hook up question

As of yesterday I upgraded my 7.1 to 7.1.2. Immediately fell in love and have now ordered another pair of in-ceiling speakers for top rears. Running an SR 7012 which can process 11.1 but only power 9.1.

My question is, can I use an old receiver that doesn’t have multi-channel inputs to power the back two channels? It has analog audio inputs (just stereo L/R). I don’t see why I couldn’t just connect the pre-outs on the 7012 to the stereo inputs on my little Yamaha v375 and set the receiver/amp to “straight.” Yet all the threads I’ve seen on this topic suggest you NEED multi-channel input to do it.

Am I missing something here?
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As of yesterday I upgraded my 7.1 to 7.1.2. Immediately fell in love and have now ordered another pair of in-ceiling speakers for top rears. Running an SR 7012 which can process 11.1 but only power 9.1.



My question is, can I use an old receiver that doesn’t have multi-channel inputs to power the back two channels? It has analog audio inputs (just stereo L/R). I don’t see why I couldn’t just connect the pre-outs on the 7012 to the stereo inputs on my little Yamaha v375 and set the receiver/amp to “straight.” Yet all the threads I’ve seen on this topic suggest you NEED multi-channel input to do it.



Am I missing something here?


Yes, you can use the stereo input on your old receiver to power your rear speakers. The rear speakers are just two channel stereo, you don’t need a multi channel input to power two speakers. I use an ancient receiver to power my rear surrounds in my 7.2.4 setup with my Pioneer Elite SC-95. It works great!


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Yes, you can use the stereo input on your old receiver to power your rear speakers. The rear speakers are just two channel stereo, you don’t need a multi channel input to power two speakers. I use an ancient receiver to power my rear surrounds in my 7.2.4 setup with my Pioneer Elite SC-95. It works great!


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Awesome. Thanks! I’ll probably buy an Emotiva power amp for my fronts eventually, but it’s just not in the budget right now and this way I can step to 7.1.4 a whole lot quicker
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depending on which speakers you use you may not need an amp for your fronts. it would be a good idea to wait and see how you like your current setup until your wallet heals. Then maybe a good 3 channel amp for the fronts and center and use the amps on the AVR to power surrounds and atmos.
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depending on which speakers you use you may not need an amp for your fronts. it would be a good idea to wait and see how you like your current setup until your wallet heals. Then maybe a good 3 channel amp for the fronts and center and use the amps on the AVR to power surrounds and atmos.
Oh yeah it’ll be a while. I know I’d benefit at least a little though. Buddy of mine brought in a schiit vadar a while back and the difference was pretty significant. Probably less of a gap since I upgraded my AVR (sr5010 to 7012).

Right now though I’m just shocked at how good the whole setup sounds.

If I do go with a three channel, do you have any recommendations under $700 or so? Most of what I’ve seen are either stereo amps or 5-7 channels. My fronts are Martin Logan motion 40s and a 30, 4ohms but pretty sensitive.
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for just under $700 I would look at the Emotiva BasX A-300 + a PA-1 monoblock.
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for just under $700 I would look at the Emotiva BasX A-300 + a PA-1 monoblock.
I was already looking at the a-300 actually. Hadn’t seen the pa-1 though. Thanks! If I end up getting a proper amp I think I’ll go this route.
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for just under $700 I would look at the Emotiva BasX A-300 + a PA-1 monoblock.

This is exactly what I'm doing. The A-300 will be here Tuesday, The PA-1 Wednesday. I hope it works well.

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