If you are an audiophile, high-quality sound is everything and you will want your home theatre setup to be as crisp and powerful as possible. Yet you may not be familiar with the options available as you configure your audio system and need to understand the difference between a receiver and an amplifier. What should you know before you get online and buy your equipment?
Most people, truth be told, may decide to get the cheapest option, known as an AV receiver. Within this box will be an all-in-one solution including the tuner, pre-amp and the actual amplifier itself. These are very effective and can certainly help you to achieve your surround sound requirements, as there are many channels within the box that divert the corresponding sound to dedicated speakers. Furthermore, you will be able to set up this system quite easily "out of the box."
However, in your case, it may be better to go with the alternative, known in the industry as "separates." You will be able to get independent amplifiers, such as the solid-state variety and this will typically allow you to deliver a much more powerful sound than you might otherwise.
If you are buying the best quality loudspeakers you can find, then you should definitely think about getting a separate amplifier. This will help you to get a lot more power out of your signal and also give you much more flexibility when it comes to adding various components in the future.
You should also be careful when choosing the equipment that you hook up to those premium loudspeakers. If you're not careful and connect gear that is not capable of handling the output, you run the risk of blowing your speakers. If you want to be technical, you must make sure that you match the impedance carefully between your speakers and amplifier, accurately plot the wattage and be very careful to stay within the sensitivity limits of your speakers themselves.
In short, you should spend time to fine-tune the output of your audio system to precisely match your musical preference and discerning ear.
Time to Configure
Talk with your QSC audio equipment suppliers and always get the best quality powered amplifier to stand alongside your premium speakers. After all, you will want to make sure that you get everything right before you open the doors to your first home theatre production.