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Author Topic: What to look for in a receiver for my BYT  (Read 10766 times)
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« on: July 07, 2015, 12:12:51 pm »

So - Amazon's "Prime Day" is coming up, so I'm trying to determine what I'm looking for in a receiver - that way, when I find THAT on a bargain, I know to snatch it up.

For example:
Must Have's
At least 3 HDMI inputs, but really only need 1 HDMI output.
Ability to stream blutooth from my iPhone to it
Outputs for 5.1 (this is what I ran last year - can't help but wonder if it's really worth it or if I should switch to 3.1, since I can't seem to find an "ideal" position for my rear speakers)

Nice to Have
Stream from wi-fi music sources if possible.

Now, where I get stuck - I don't really understand watts per channel / channels driven.  I seem to fall for marketing hype and find out later that I got something less powerful than I thought.

My speakers are normal 80 watt outdoor speakers, though I would like to upgrade them later if I can figure out a weatherproof solution.  My listening area is approximately 30' from the speakers.  I live on 5 acres and my neighbors have said they can't hear me - and they are likely to be at the friday night showing anyway...

So, I'm hoping to get something that can be turned up loud.

Can anyone advise me on what I should be looking for in receiver specs - how many watts per channel and how many channels?  Or maybe point me to a receiver online that has the type of specs you would recommend?  THAT way, if I come across a hot-box deal on Amazon or whatever, I can grab it up.

Thanks for any advice!
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