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    I am going to put together a stereo system for my living room. Is there any advantage to using a 7.1 AVR over a 2 channel stereo? System will be used as background music and critical listening. For speakers I am considering ONS on the wall at one end of room and Coppers placed for best imaging.
    I guess my questions really are: Would an AVR allow speakers to be biamped? Would an AVR be better to blend together the ONS and Coppers? Or would be be better to get higher wattage on each channel from a stereo receiver?
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    Re: Stereo with AVR?

    The way I see it, the main advantage to using an AV receiver for stereo listening is having a built in active crossover for a subwoofer.

    I don't know any advantage of using four speakers in one room for stereo, but I could be wrong.

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    • #3
      Re: Stereo with AVR?

      Why would you want two pairs of speakers playing at the same time?
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      • #4
        Re: Stereo with AVR?

        Originally posted by Face View Post
        Why would you want two pairs of speakers playing at the same time?
        Good question. I assumed it would help with background music/radio while working around the house or entertaining. (Or maybe its just an excuse to build both the ONS and the Coppers.)
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        • #5
          Re: Stereo with AVR?

          My preamp has a 7 channel stereo mode that I use when I am working around the house. I just put on the "Red Rock and Blues" channel on my DirecTV receiver and crank it up while I am working on whatever. I would recommend this vice the two speaker pairs setup. You could set up a set of "Fronts" with a Phantom Center channel and a set of "Rears" with most AVR's these days. This could be a good option for Home Theater and Music. Without a Center Channel you will only have one sweet spot right in between your fronts though.

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          • #6
            Re: Stereo with AVR?

            having all speakers playing is fine for a house-full or doing house work. this, however, is not critical listening. if your avr has auto setup, your front and rears should blend fine. my onkyo has dvd stereo. this is fronts and sub. it also is bi-amp capable. this sends the side speakers power to the upper part of a speaker. my onkyo sends full-range out both lines. if yours has this, then you can bi-amp.
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            • #7
              Re: Stereo with AVR?

              The stereo I am looking at is the HK 3450 120 w at 8ohm x 2.
              The AVR is the HK 254 with 50 w per channel at 8 ohm x 7 or 65w x 2.
              Both are refurbs from ebay.

              65 watts may not be enough for the inefficient Coppers so it is good to have a biamp option. Assume the biamp option would be to send 1 channel to the tweet and one channel to the woof? (50w + 50w) Anyone have a guess how much power the woofer uses as compared to the tweet? (75%25%?)
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              • #8
                Re: Stereo with AVR?

                be very careful considering that 254. it is an extremely buggy receiver. i have one that i used in my theater for about 6 months or so. great sounding, but definitely has a lot more flakiness than your average avr. depending on your setup and use, the quirks may not affect you at all, or they may be constant and unbearable. i'd spend as much time as possible reading the owners thread, and the problems/solutions thread, over at avs to get a better feel and determine whether its problems will be problems for you.

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                • #9
                  Re: Stereo with AVR?

                  Originally posted by absolootbs View Post
                  be very careful considering that 254. it is an extremely buggy receiver. i have one that i used in my theater for about 6 months or so. great sounding, but definitely has a lot more flakiness than your average avr. depending on your setup and use, the quirks may not affect you at all, or they may be constant and unbearable. i'd spend as much time as possible reading the owners thread, and the problems/solutions thread, over at avs to get a better feel and determine whether its problems will be problems for you.
                  I guess that explains why they have more of the 254 refurbs on Ebay than anything else.
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