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frankj389
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Help Choosing Reciever/amp set up

Hey all, I'm new here and I'm working on my first audio set up. Anyways, I have a question regarding which receiver and amp I should use. To start off with, I have a Marantz SR5500 receiver that my dad passed down to me and I also picked up a $6 JVC AX-44 stereo integrated amplifier to use as an amp. My question is should I use the Marantz as a receiver and connect it to the JVC, using the JVC as an amp? The Marantz supposedly provides 90 Watts per channel, whereas the JVC provides 100 Watts per channel. Are there any drawbacks to using solely the JVC as my receiver and amp and getting rid of the Marantz? Or is the Marantz better and should I ditch the JVC? Currently, I have two Advent small speakers and 2 Technics Sb-LX7 that I got collectively for about $30. I have everything connected to my Pioneer PL-514 turntable and will hopefully have my TEAC CX-350 cassette player up and running soon. Thanks for any feedback, and also, I'm excited to be here lol.

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Have fun!

Unfortunately only you can answer this question...So crack open a beer and hook up the Marantz (I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the clear winner in this case) To the rest of your equipment...and give it a serious listen as a test. Get the connections & speaker distances right, pick 10-15 songs you know like the back of your hand. Take notes... enjoy it.

Then, connect the JVC to it all and do the same test.

Your ears always tell you the truth! At the end of the day...enjoy yourself! Most importantly...tell us how it went!

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Hi Frank,

Hi Frank,

I was going to say that the Marantz is a step above the JVC because Marantz generally targets higher price catagories but I'm taking that statement back because these are designed to meet different needs. The Marantz being a very nice home theater receiver verses the JVC which is a dedicated integrated amp.

Wattage ratings are great for product placement but don't give a very complete picture on the capabilities of the amplifier. I would be really surprised if you saw any real improvement in performance out of a 10 watt difference.

Personally I would use one or the other and use the other somewhere else.

If it is going to be used for listening to stereo source material only, then the JVC. If it is going to be used for home theater, the Marantz. If it will be used for both, the Marantz.

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Fair point to both of you! I

Fair point to both of you! I'll set try both of them out either tomorrow or in the next few days and let you know how it went! I'll also try using the JVC as an amp with the Marantz as the receiver, seeing if I get any benefits from it. Thanks!

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