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I'm looking to build a nice 2ch listening setup for my computer den. I need a low cost (>$500) receiver with PRE-AMP to drive an Emotiva 2ch amp.


I do not need any other features but I would like good sound quality to hook up a CD player.



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If you're just looking for a 2 channel setup, you don't need an AVR like the sr4003.


This Marantz 4021 two channel stereo receiver will do the trick for $100 less.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make...itching/1.html


The Onkyo 8555 has preouts for an external amp.
http://onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=TX-8...s=Receiver&p=i
http://shoponkyo.com/products_15.cfm...s=1&group_id=1


The Harman Kardon 3390 or 3490 will also do the trick.
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...7732994&sr=8-1

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I need a low cost (>$500)

That means GREATER than $500. Is that what you meant?
 

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Go to the Harman Kardon store on eBay and buy their fully warranted refurb receivers with 2 year warranties for a fraction of their MSRP. All step-up AVR (surround) models should have preouts - the lowest price entry level model will probably not, so read the description before you buy. I believe all the stereo (2 ch) models will have preouts, but again read the description.
 

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I purposely suggested a surround sound receiver as I feel you can get more uses out of it as time goes by. I believe the extra cost compared to a stereo receiver is well worth it.


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Brian
 

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I have one of the HK's (3485) and can strongly recommend it. However, one thing to consider is that many of the 2 ch receivers do NOT have digital inputs so you are resigned to analog connectivity unless you have or are purchasing a dac.


since you already have an amp you might look into some of the preamps by parasound (p3 or 2100) or vincent (sa 31) (check out audioadvisor.com). I think emotiva may also make an affordable 2 ch pre. you can also get used adcom and carver pre's on audiogon for not too much. honestly if it were me id probably go for a parasound halo p3 refurb/used. the vincent is a hybrid which could be interesting too. there are many many options to be sure!
 

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I have one of the HK's (3485) and can strongly recommend it. However, one thing to consider is that many of the 2 ch receivers do NOT have digital inputs so you are resigned to analog connectivity unless you have or are purchasing a dac.


since you already have an amp you might look into some of the preamps by parasound (p3 or 2100) or vincent (sa 31) (check out audioadvisor.com). I think emotiva may also make an affordable 2 ch pre. you can also get used adcom and carver pre's on audiogon for not too much. honestly if it were me id probably go for a parasound halo p3 refurb/used. the vincent is a hybrid which could be interesting too. there are many many options to be sure!

Very good advice! Ebay has quite a few NAD, B&K, and Rotel preamps for less than an entry level receiver. SQ should be excellent going this route.


Regards,

Brian
 
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