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matloffm
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Need help, lost in digital/analog divide.

I have used the same integrated amp and tuner since 1972 (Kenwood KA-6000, KT-7000).   The amp finally died.  So I went to look for a replacement.  My spouse wanted something that would handle the significant amount of digital music she has collected on her Mac, iPad and iPods.  I have an old turntable I still use so I wanted something with Phono input.  I also have a mix of older and newer peripherals so the outputs range from RCA only to USB and HDMI.  I am unable to find a single component solution (integrated amp that can handle my eccletic mix).  I have no interest in more than 2 speakers (no 2.1, 5.1, 7.2).  Is there any way to deal with all this without replacing existing working components or spending more than $700?

All ideas are welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Marc

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Wow...this is a shockingly difficult request

I can not find a single 2 channel device that has HDMI inputs.  That seems to only be available in A/V receivers.  If you want a device that is going to have RCA, USB and HDMI you may need to get a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver.  Seems silly, but I checked all the usual suspects that would have sub $700 equipment (Sony, Onkyo, Yamaha, NAD, Marantz, Denon and Harmon Kardon) and none have what you are looking for. 

The closest I think you can get in a single device is the Onkyo Tx-8050.  It has a built in phono stage and a USB input in front for simple i-pod connectivity.  Yamaha has an external i-pod dock but that is less than ideal since apple just changed it's interconnects and that may pose issues for the future.  It is $299. 

Alternatively, you could purchase an inexpensive integrated amp and an inexpensive outboard DAC.  At the moment, you could get a Yamaha or Cambridge Audio integrated for $350 and Music Direct currently has Marantz's NA7004 network player/outboard DAC on clearance for $399.  It pushes you over budget by $50 but gives you easy ipod plug and play, the ability to attach a computer via USB, coax and optical digital ins.  The integrates have built in phono stages. 

Both of these options still leave you without HDMI connectivity. 

The final option would be to get a 5.1 or 7.1 AV receiver and only attach 2 speakers and ignore the additional functionality.  You should be able to find several dozens of devices that are sub $700 and have USB and HDMI, however a phono stage becomes problematic.  You could buy an external phono stage (easy to find a good one for $200) or again go over budget and look at something like the Marantz SR6007 which is $799. 

Hope this helps.

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Thanks

 

In my initial attempt to find a solution, I came to the same conclusion.  Having been content with my old setup for so long, I am a novice in today's audio hardware.  I hoped that there was something out there that I was unaware of that might meet my requirements.  Your thorough analysis has put that plan to rest.  I think at this point it is up to me to decide which aspect of the problem is most important to me and make a decision based on that.  For example,  if digital content playback is primary, I would build a separate solution for the record player.  My inclination is to investigate DACs and see what they offer and at what cost.

I'll start by searching the forum and go from there.

Again, thanks for your help,

Marc

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