Receiver Recommendations??

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  1. forkandspoon

    forkandspoon Well-Known Member

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    Greetings :)

    I have just upgraded my speakers. I went with two of the Definitive Technology BP9060 floorstanding speakers and an 8-inch three-way center (SEE HERE).

    I have NO idea what receiver to get. I definitely want something that will make good use of the speakers, so am I looking or wattage matching or what??

    I welcome any recommendations and pointers in this regard. I trust this crowd more than many of the reviews I read ;)

    Thanks in advance!!


    EDIT: I should mention that I am using a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit with an Ortofon Blue and a Pro-Ject Tube Box DS phono preamp
     
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  2. HiFi Guy

    HiFi Guy Well-Known Member

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    Hi and congrats on the new speakers!

    Budget? Do you care about having a built in tuner (receiver) or will no tuner (integrated amplifier) work for you?
     
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    forkandspoon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for responding!

    I do plan to have my tv run through it also via digital optical, so I'm assuming I need to go to receiver route.

    As far as budget, I'm looking somewhere between $500 - $800 (ish).
     
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    You only need a receiver if you care about AM/FM radio. Otherwise an integrated amp is what you want.

    As far as running your TV through it, that can be done. Do you plan to run other digital sources through it (computer audio etc.) ?
     
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    forkandspoon Well-Known Member

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    We're really just interested in the turntable, tv, and perhaps (but not necessary) bluetooth.
     
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    Just making sure.

    First I usually don't recommend buying an amplifier with a built in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) as you'll get better performance with an outboard unit. Also, models with built in DACs tend to have lower resale value should you decide to upgrade down the road. I also don't recommend spending much on a DAC as technology changes so quickly. Also, in your situation, spending big money on a DAC is overkill. Let's spend $99.

    http://www.schiit.com/products/modi-1

    You'll probably need an inexpensive optical cable to connect it to your TV or cable box. Amazon is great for this, just buy the cheapest cable that is long enough.

    Amp wise, I'm really partial to this at $549.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_745C3...MIwvWYqPas3gIViLXACh0SDAMAEAQYBCABEgI3N_D_BwE

    @AnthonyI and @Juiceless have the big brother to this (sadly discontinued). Maybe they'll chime in. It's a good match for your speakers and sounds far more powerful than the specs would lead you to believe.

    You can get any number of Bluetooth modules very inexpensively should you want to add that on.

    You'll have a nice setup well under budget.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation and the tips on DAC. The Def Tech speakers came with a center speaker that hooks up via speaker cable. It doesn't look like there is more than a left and right hookup on the rear of the NAD. Will I not be able to use the center speaker?
     
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    I missed the center. Sorry.

    You'll want to look at a surround sound receiver.

    The DAC will be built in.

    I'd recommend either Pioneer or Onkyo.
     
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    forkandspoon Well-Known Member

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    Off topic hot take:
    Did we buy the right speakers or should we have gone another route? We got them at best buy and still are within the 15 days to return them should we change our minds.

    EDIT: Let's just say that if we return the speakers and start from scratch (keeping our turntable and preamp), we've got roughly 2500 to spend on speakers and amp.
     
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    I generally prefer 2 channel as opposed to surround sound. We watch TV/movies with our 2 channel system- also using an inexpensive DAC.

    Look at it this way. Take the money you spent on 3 speakers and buy 2 higher quality speakers instead.

    Then go back to what I recommended above. Or at least a stereo amplifier as opposed to surround sound gear.
     
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    Part of the issue is that you’re trying to find a balance between what will lean towards a surround setup and a stereo setup. If you want to have a center channel for movies and such you’re gonna be limites in your amplification options. So if the listening situation limits you to turntable and TV having to go through the same unit, then don’t worry so much and enjoy. When you have the space for a dedicated setup you’ve got a good start.
     
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    The center came free when you bought the two floor towers, but we aren't married to them at this point (Def Tech). What's your recommendation on a nice set of speakers (primarily used for vinyl) with a price point of about $1800 for the pair?
     
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    This is all good info. To our ears, it does sound much better with a simple left/right setup rather than the surround. Now we're thinking we should return the speakers and start over.
     
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    I’m not going to make the recs, but if you’re open to returning those speakers and starting over, I guess the real question is what do you need and what’s your total budget?
     
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    $1800 for the pair? We can have lots of fun. Do you live in/near a major city with a specialist audio dealer?
     
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    We are absolutely willing to return the speakers. We want to get the right stuff. Our primary objective is listening to vinyl.
    We're keeping the Pro-Ject turntable, keeping the Pro-ject preamp.

    But from there...

     
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    We live in Fresno, CA.
     
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    We are laughing right now because we went to Best Buy, lol. Probably not a specialist audio dealer.
     
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    Don't feel bad, I think a lot of us start at Best Buy and learn along the way ;)
     
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    The dealer I trust is a hike from you.

    One more question. If you got a killer deal, could you wait a few weeks? Polk puts their best speakers on sale half off around Thanksgiving. You can get a killer pair of speakers for $1500. @AnthonyI has the $1500 bookshelves and @wooha has the $4000 pair- I'm thinking the $3000 pair.

    https://www.polkaudio.com/products/lsim705
     
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