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  • #16
    As 2manband said stereo receivers are very much a niche item now, so you won't find much in the way of stripped down or very inexpensive models. As for the power, it's nice to have more than you need so your amp isn't working so hard at your desired listening levels. Also if the speakers are outside that powers going to come in handy if you ever do want some decent volume due to it not being in an enclosed space.

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    • #17
      Don't freak on me, but have you considered a couple of outdoor speakers mounted under the eve of your house and connected to what you already have with an added switch to cout them off when not needed.


      Thought about it, but it's not really practical considering the locations of my main stereo, the computer room, the back porch, etc. The best and easiest solution is just a small receiver on the porch and bookshelf speakers mounted in the mounts that are already there.
      ...That's what she said.

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      Originally Posted by LeftyTom


      I wouldn't want to be in any woman who wants me in her.









      Originally Posted by Brocktoon


      [Baron85's nickname:] Mommy's Little Man









      Originally Posted by dmn23


      I may not know how to play it or program it, but it makes the "studio" look sufficiently enough like a spaceship that I feel my money was well spent.

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      • #18
        As 2manband said stereo receivers are very much a niche item now, so you won't find much in the way of stripped down or very inexpensive models. As for the power, it's nice to have more than you need so your amp isn't working so hard at your desired listening levels. Also if the speakers are outside that powers going to come in handy if you ever do want some decent volume due to it not being in an enclosed space.


        Yeah, I get your point about headroom. I guess in the end, the unit (whatever one I end up getting) is going to be sitting on (or in) a stand of some sort. Maybe I should concentrate on finding a stand first and then decide how small of a receiver I would like. If I end up getting a decent sized stand, a larger receiver just might do. But in that case, I'll probably end up getting another Marantz. I'd love to find one in the wood cases. That would be ideal.
        ...That's what she said.

        Soundclick







        Originally Posted by LeftyTom


        I wouldn't want to be in any woman who wants me in her.









        Originally Posted by Brocktoon


        [Baron85's nickname:] Mommy's Little Man









        Originally Posted by dmn23


        I may not know how to play it or program it, but it makes the "studio" look sufficiently enough like a spaceship that I feel my money was well spent.

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        • #19
          craigslist
          pawnshop
          ebay

          Pretty much any receiver from the late 70s on forward. I've got an old pioneer receiver on my deck that I bought in 1978 or so. The aux inputs are connected to a computer in the basement. iTunes and spotify keeps me in grilling and beer drinking music.


          I've been checking all 3. Craigslist isn't coming up with much (but that's the nature of the beast, you have to be vigilant), pawnshops never have much of quality, and eBay usually involves shipping which I'd rather not deal with if I can find something local (so back to square one with craigslist).

          I was mostly asking here in case anyone knew of a newer model that was created to fill my niche. And it looks like the Onkyo is exactly it (and since I've discovered that Yamaha has an almost identical model for around the same price range). They're just not going to be the same quality as a lot of the 70s stuff.
          ...That's what she said.

          Soundclick







          Originally Posted by LeftyTom


          I wouldn't want to be in any woman who wants me in her.









          Originally Posted by Brocktoon


          [Baron85's nickname:] Mommy's Little Man









          Originally Posted by dmn23


          I may not know how to play it or program it, but it makes the "studio" look sufficiently enough like a spaceship that I feel my money was well spent.

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          • #20
            BTW, for others interested, here's how I made a pair of cheap, yet good sounding and durable under-eaves speakers.

            Get a pair of your favorite 5 1/4" plastic cone auto speakers (spend as little or much as your ears demand).
            Get a couple 18" sections of PVC pipe - your local contractor supply house might have scraps they'll give you, otherwise get the cheapest kind.

            Cut 4 pieces of 1/2" or so pine board in disks to fit snugly in pipe.
            Cut holes in two of those to fit speakers. Paint wood thoroughly.

            Fit the front piece of wood (with the speaker cut out) flush in one end of the tube. Secure with RTV applied from the back of the tube. After that cures, fit the rear piece flush to the back of the tube and secure with RTV (working from the front through the speaker cut-out hole. You can use small wood screws through the tube into the edge of the wood disks if desired.

            After all that cures, drill hole in back for speaker wire to exit. Or, use fancy speaker terminals if desired.

            Mount speaker in one enclosure find approximate balance point of whole enclosure. Record measurement of balance point, remove speaker. Drill both enclosures to accept eye-bolt at balance point. Install eye-bolts with washers. Spray paint enclosures and speaker mounting trim (if used).

            Loosely pack enclosure with damping material (fiberglass, quilt batting, etc). Wire speakers and install into enclosure with supplied speaker trim. Find the spot under the eaves where you want them, and install screw-hooks. Hang enclosure eye-bolts on screw hooks and run wires.

            Obviously, you could come up with all sorts of alternate mounting ideas.

            BTW, yes, I know that proper speaker enclosure design has a whole science behind it, and this is not going to give the "optimal" enclosure for your drivers. However, car speakers are designed to give decent results when used in an infinite baffle application, and an 18" tube stuffed with fiberglass is going to be a pretty good first order approximation of that. If you want optimum, google "Thiele-Small parameters" and work from there.

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