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ade1982
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AV receiver to Powered speakers

Hi everyone,

My first post, but long time lurker. I am interested in buying a Sony STRDH800 AV receiver, and at the moment I have a pair of M-Audio AV30 speakers. Now I am a complete novice, and I really don't understand connections and such like, but I will try to explain what the speakers are like and what I want to know if I can do.

The speakers are mains powered, and the left hand speaker has a built in amp and power supply, and is then fed to the right speaker by some speaker wire. The inputs to the speaker are red and white RCA phono plugs.

The manual is here:

M-Audio AV30 manual

Now on the back of the receiver, the audio speaker connectors are the standard ones, you kind of tie on and clamp. Think they are the usual ones for a stereo system.

Here is a good picture of it, and if you click on the page, there is an enlarged picture with all the outputs and inputs on it.
http://www.richersounds.com/product/av-receivers/sony/strdh800/sony-strdh800

What I want to know is can I use the speakers with the receiver, so ALL the things I plug into it (PS3, TV, Xbox, satellite receiver and Wii) can use the one pair of speakers?

Please let me know if I haven't made sense, or if I have omitted any information, as I am throwing myself on your mercy ... I haven't got the slightest clue about this.

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Re: AV receiver to Powered speakers

I think you'd be better off trading the speakers for passive ones (without an amp).
The Sony receiver does not seem to be able to bypass its amplifer section and therefore is not a good match to your speakers.
Your speakers are designed primarily for use with computers which don't have an amp.

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Re: AV receiver to Powered speakers

You'll want a receiver with Pre Outs or Zone 2 line outs, or there might be a way to configure the audio out for the Video 1 jacks. In any case you'll need a line output to feed those active speakers.

If you are not going to use the complete 5.1 output of an AV receiver you could consider a stereo reciever that accepts AV input like the Harman Kardon HK3390. It has 3 composite video inputs and pre out (audio line out) jacks. Then at some point in the future you could get some good passive loudspeakers.

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/6023

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Re: AV receiver to Powered speakers

Eek. Seems I am going down a completely bad path then.

I will have to investigate more, as I haven't budgeted for speakers, and I wont get much for the M-Audios I have. I need a receiver with HDMI outs as my playstation and that are running through it.

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