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Receiver / Dolby Digital decoder to pair with Genelecs

sthubbar, modified 14 Years ago.

Receiver / Dolby Digital decoder to pair with Genelecs

Youngling Posts: 3 Join Date: 6/18/09 Recent Posts
In a previous post, it was suggested to maybe purchase a receiver to pair with my 8030a's. Don't most home theater receivers come with built in amps? Does that cause any issues with pairing with the 8030's?

I currently have 3 sources that all have optical digital outputs. Any recommendations for receivers? Maybe with 3 optical digital inputs, XLR connectors are optional.
ilkka-rissanen, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Receiver / Dolby Digital decoder to pair with Genelecs

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts

Yes, most AV receivers do come with built-in amplifiers unless they are only pre amplifiers/processors. If you want to use this kind of device with active speakers, it needs to have pre amplifier outputs from which you can connected the signal to the active speakers. That way you will bypass the built-in amplifiers and use the ones in the active speakers instead.

Usually the most affordable AV receivers don't have preamp outputs so you will have to look at the mid or the upper end of the product ranges.

Here's a list of the most affordable AV receivers from each manufacturer having 7.1 preamp outputs.

Cambridge Audio Azur 650R
Denon AVR-2310
Harman/Kardon AVR 260
Marantz SR5004
Onkyo TX-SR707
Pioneer VSX-LX52
Sony STR-DA2400ES
Yamaha RX-V765
lukester, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Receiver / Dolby Digital decoder to pair with Genelecs

Jedi Master Posts: 296 Join Date: 4/22/10 Recent Posts
I've been facing the same problem without ever finding a solution.

I've been trying to talk well-to-do friends of mine into a pair of living-room 1037C's (100m^2 room), only need stereo.

best solution i've found was the cheapest NAD preamp for 750€, but the abyssmal signal to noise ratio of 98db kinda threw me off. a rane rack mixer would give me better sound for less cash sans a remote control.
in another session also i compared a 1000€ nad sacd player in cd mode to my Rme Soundcard and i probably don't have to tell you who kicked whose behind.

Gist of the story is, I've got 2 people i'd like to sort out with the awesome genelec sound and sacd/blu ray audio resolution (no digital output here, just what are those people thinking?), but the hi-fi world is doing anything it can to make this impossible.

in a studio i can get perfect stereo for like 1200€ (rane mixer, cheap cd player, rme ad changeover)
in hi-fi something close to this quality seems to be 3 grand, any ideas?