audio receiver help
September 18, 2010 6:07 PM Subscribe
Need help selecting an audio receiver to integrate with a piecemeal existing setup.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry to technology (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I loves me a variety of audio and video stuff - probably too much - but looking at receivers on the net fills me with dismay and confusion. I would like to know what equipment I need to go buy to make this work.
1) My sources include a DirecTV receiver, a late-model Apple TV that streams media, Wii, PS3 (surround sound DVDs more often than games), and maybe occasionally FM radio.
2) I have 3 disparate speaker sets. This is the annoying requirement: The A speakers are a set of Tannoy System 6 NFM IIs that require crossover input (i.e., separate cables for the treble and bass cone for each speaker). I am irrationally attached to these - they were a gift, and I love the way they sound when they get properly crossed-over inputs - so that's non-negotiable. The B speakers are a pair of generic outdoor speakers for music on the patio. The C speakers, yet to be purchased, are a set of 5.1 or 6.1 surround sound speakers, and I suppose the Tannoys could be the main L and R in this speaker set, though I'd prefer my surround sound equipment to eventually be a matched set.
The proper receiver will handle these different speaker arrangements gracefully; I will never need to be using more than 1 speaker set at once, though the ability to do so would probably be a minor bonus. (Jazz on the patio 24 hours a day!)
3) I am not an insane audiophile. I expect the equipment will be able to handle a 192kbps mp3 with not much additional loss of fidelity, because that's about as good as my ears are. I think you'd have to hunt to find something that wouldn't fill this requirement, and I'd really be delighted to avoid having an audiophile-type debate in the comments, tyvm.
4) The easier it is to control this device, the better. A remote is probably required, RF preferred over IR. If it had a video out of some flavor for an onscreen control panel on my TV, and that onscreen control panel actually showed good user interface; or if the remote had a nice screen that helped me make this work (my patio is in RF range of this device) that would be a major plus.
5) If the recommended equipment or combo of equipment you suggest costs a lot more than $1000, please help me understand why it costs so much, because that seems like a lot to me.
6) If the right answer is to place an active crossover in the speaker lines for the Tannoys, please help me understand what is the right piece of equipment for that.
7) All things considered, I think I might prefer equipment that wasn't very large.
8) If the equipment you're recommending can do all the above and can be had with surround sound speakers that are designed for it, that's a definite bonus.
I've been dithering over whether to post this for a while, because I realize this is sort of an eccentric and annoying set of requirements, and because among the audiophiles I've consulted, the main response has been "If you care that much about this, you should already know what equipment you want," with a liberal sprinkling of "Why don't you consider an option that requires sourcing of out-of-production vacuum tubes?" thrown in for bad measure. I expect better from AskMe, so thanks for reading.