Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?
May 8, 2012 5:15 AM Subscribe
I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice.
posted by 0bvious to Technology (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a pair of Polk Audio RT 400
speakers (8 ohms, 20-150W). Ideally, I'd like an amp/receiver that drove these at close to full potential, around 130w would do.
Absolutely minimum features I require of an amp/receiver:
- around 130-150w for first pair of speakers
- potential for a second pair of speakers at similar wattage
- surround sound (Dolby 5.1 etc) I have speakers and subwoofer ready for this
- Multiple HDMI inputs, with upscaling for other formats
- Optical audio inputs
- Usual analogue inputs
The new Onkyo NR609
has "network" capabilities. At the moment I am not too bothered about this. Should I be? From various reviews I've read it's hard to tell whether this amp would drive my speakers over 100w anyway.
What amp/receiver from last few years would you recommend? Could I get one cheap?