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12-14-2015 06:17 PM  22 months agoPost 1
RayJayJohnsonJr

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I used to eat, breath, and sleep this stuff. Now I'm older and out of touch with some of this newer stuff. I'm looking to replace my old Kenwood KR-V9030 surround (straight 5 channel)receiver with a 7.2 channel. Not looking to upgrade or add to my existing speaker set up (2 front, 1 center, and 2 rear. No sub.) Can I just add the speakers I have to the new receiver and it will just revert to a standard 5 channel?

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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12-14-2015 06:58 PM  22 months agoPost 2
ticedoff8

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I think so - yes.

The new amp will be 5.1 (5 speakers and a sub) or 7.1 (7 speakers and a sub) selectable.
You tell the amp which mode you plan to use.
Some amps will allow the option of 5.1 "Home Theater" and 2 speakers in a different zone (stereo speakers for outside).

I doubt it will have an option for 5.0 (5 speakers and no sub)

When you connect the 5 speakers to the new amp and select 5.1 surround sound, it will sound better then the old amp's 5.0.
But it will be missing the boom-boom-boom of the sub.
You may not notice it at first. My sub died and it took me 6 months to figure it out.

I don't think it will be a good idea to select 7.1 with only 5 speakers. You will be missing the whole left-rear-center and right-rear-center speakers.

Most broadcast / DVD are in 5.1 anyway. It is rare to get 7.1 audio.
But, it is noticeable when it hits the 7.1 speakers

Make sure the old speaker's impedance can be matched to the new amp and the new amp is not too powerful for the speakers.

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12-14-2015 08:25 PM  22 months agoPost 3
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Thanks ticedoff8. The specs for my speakers say the recommended amplifier power is 10 to 300 watts. My Kenwood was rated at 130 each for the front. The receiver I'm looking to buy is rated at 140 each. Every speaker I have is 8 ohm, so we're ok there. Also, the low end frequency response of my front speakers is 44 Hz. If I were to purchase a sub, it would be around 25-ish Hz for the low end. Which is close to a whole octave, so I may put a sub on later. Was hoping to get by with 5 for now, and add the sub after I've saved back up.

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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12-17-2015 07:00 PM  22 months agoPost 4
jharkin

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Out of curiosity, what benefits are you hoping to get from the new receiver if you are using the same speakers? Does it have more decoding options or other features you need for BD player or something?

Most of them can be programmed for whatever speakers you have and they will convert the audio track accordingly. I only have a 4.1 setup and my amp converts the 5.1 dolby surround into 4 speaker by splitting the center dialog channel and adding it to the 2 fronts. Most people who come over my house dont even realize the center channel is not there if I dont point it out.

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12-18-2015 01:51 AM  22 months agoPost 5
artimus

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And to think I get all that out of two speakers.....stereo. Now wheres that 8 track tape......

Really hard to beat a couple of Macintosh plate tube amps running a pair of Dalquest DQ10's.

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