Really basic Noob question.


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Username: Hunter2878

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jun-05
Guys I just graduated/got first job (while single) and I've always wanted an awesome audio system. My question is probably going to make you crack up.

What is the difference between a pre-amp (one that does processing) and a reciever? Specifically I'm looking at an ebay or b-stock Outlaw 950 vs Marantz SR8400 on ubid right now.

I'm not a total moron, I'm sure pre-amp means you plug an amp in after the pre-amp and before the speakers, but looking at pre-amps it sure seems like it does everything a reciever does even handles video inputs. Can you plug speakers directly into a pre-amp?

I haven't picked out speakers yet but I saw these BIC Venturi DV5312 and you can get them with a 200watt amp built into the speaker. So can you go pre-amp to speaker amp and skip the whole amp thing?

Thanks in advance,

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 4100
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