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Shopping for an older receiver/amp

JDub8 382 29 August 26, 2015 at 02:48 PM
Straight to the point I work in a warehouse and have permission to setup a stereo system. I want to set up a 2.0 or possibly a 2.1 system down the line. Most small 2.1 receivers lack power, bluetooth or more importantly quality. I already bought a bluetooth adapter with aptx that will do RCA out so I'm not worried about getting music off my phone into whatever receiver I end up with.

I'm not interested in vintage 20-30-40 year old receivers because they're being bid up by hipsters and lack one of the features I'm really hoping to snag: room correction via microphone. (Yamaha YPAO, Pioneer MCACC etc)

What I'm hoping to grab is an older but not too old premium-to-flagship receiver. Yes I know they have similar power output to the basic ones you can get cheap but they generally carried better versions of room correction and higher rated amps. I'm totally cool with it not even having HDMI. In fact I'm counting on a lack of HDMI to keep the price down.

I've tried compiling a list of older receivers but dammit its hard to even find names of them, google just buries older products like this that are updated annually unless you already know the model number(s). Craigslist in the Northern Va area people ask ridiculous prices for used audio equipment, several things I can find cheaper refurbished with all accessories + a warranty than what people ask. I'll still look there just in case there's a product at the right price to avoid shipping charges but I think my main hunting grounds will be Ebay.

Budget is a little flexible but I'm hoping to keep it around $100~ That's not in concrete but I think it should be possible to land something with that. What I really need is recommendations. What older higher end receivers kicked ass and took names and are now cheap due to lack of features? I've asked on AVSForums but those guys are a bunch of self obsessed a-holes who couldn't care less about economy.

Thanks guys.



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I don't have any advice for you regarding the setup you are looking at. I do, however have an alternate suggestion as I too work in a warehouse. I actually set up a car stereo in a custom built frame. Going this route gave me all of the options I needed: USB, Aux, Bluetooth, ability and ease to adjust front and rear speakers, and the ability to hook up an antenna to the outside over 200feet away. This is obviously lacking the room correction you are looking for but is that feature necessary?

In short, you can use an old pc power supply unit to power a car stereo. You can then make your own wooden box to put the stereo and speakers in. You can search on youtube for "Car Stereo boom box' which will give you some ideas on how other people set up their car stereos.

In my workplace we wear hearing protection outside of the sound booths we are in. I set up speakers on the inside of the shack and also on the outside. I then set up the outside speakers to play louder than the inside. For the outside speakers I use Pioneer TSX 150's. Those speakers are loud enough to be be heard clearly over the machinery. It was a first to actually listen to a game, or song inside the shack and then walk out and still be able to listen to it. Smilie

I also used this adapter [] to hook up the stereo to coaxial cable, which was then hooked up to an antenna for AM FM radio reception. (Don't tell the boss, but this also picks up HDTV which I use with a portable tv-but only when I have to work on Superbowl Sunday.)

Needless to say, just wanted to give you another option that you probably didn't even know about.

If you want more information let me know.
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