Vintage Receiver
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  1. Katy Pink on February 10, 2010 8:31 pm

    Since it’s a “vintage” receiver, does it have 7.1 capabilities? It probably does not have the ecoders for Tru HD, or Dolby Digital, etc…. So here’s what I’d do. You can totally use your current receiver for the 5.1. I’d lay money on the fact the 3rd set of speakers is for a 2nd zone, not 7.1. It will power the newer speakers, but they won’t be as loud as they could be, which I’m guessing is not a big deal. Your sub is powered, so that doesn’t make too much difference. Are you planning on running BLU Ray on your system? The older receiver probably does not have digital audio inputs, like digital coax or optical, so you are kinda shooting yourself in the foot as far as sound quality goes. Also if you are running digital video and analog audio, you may have an audio delay, meaning people’s mouths are moving on the screen, but words can be a few seconds late. Look into a new receiver. I love my Yamaha. I have the 665 which has dual zone, meaning I can play a movie in my living room and the radio through my outdoor speakers at the same time. Yamaha has true power ratings, unlike Sony which gives peak power ratings.

    Long story short, your recv’r will work, but it won’t have the best sound quality. I would use the holiday sales, save up, and buy a new one. Doe you live in the US? Best buy always has great Xmas deals on Speakers + Receivers.

  2. devils_abdicate on February 13, 2010 5:48 am

    It looks like your receiver has A left/right B left/right and Rear left/right speaker connections, which means it’s not really a true 5.1 setup which would include a center channel and subwoofer. The A/B outputs will be identical, and the rear speakers will only be for dolby surround, and the ambience modes of the receiver itself. The speakers will work fine with the amplification provided by the receiver but hookup will be complicated.

    The best way to hook up your 7.1 speakers is this:

    Main front speakers hooked up to A left/right
    Rear speakers to Rear left/right
    Surround speakers to B left/right
    Subwoofer to B left/right ONLY if it has a speaker level input (ie. bare wire inputs)

    There’s really no good way to use the center channel until you have a proper 5.1 or 7.1 receiver, and I personally wouldn’t use the 3rd pair of surrounds hooked up to the B left/right unless you think it sounds good to you with the redundant output beside your listening position. The subwoofer is also tricky because there is no specific subwoofer output. My current subwoofer accepts an amplified stereo signal to extract the bass information from, but not all do. If yours doesn’t you may not be able to use it until you get a new receiver, much like the center channel.

    Unless the speakers you buy come with bare wire ends, you’ll have to be comfortable stripping the ends off yourself, so make that determination before you buy.

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