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Can I Use an Old Sansui Receiver as an Audio amp for My Plasma TV?

Sansui

Episode 1713

Vince from Covina, CA

Vince has a Sansui receiver from the 70s. Can he still use it with his home system and his Pioneer Elite Plasma TV? Leo says to check out ClassicReceivers.com. It really comes down to the output. He won't be able to use it for video, though because of the HDMI connectors. He can get a device that will take the audio portion and route it to the old Sansui device. 

Where Can I Get an Old Classic Amp?

McIntosh

Episode 1671

Edward from Detroit, MI

Edward wants to know what happened to old classic companies like McIntosh or Marantz receivers. Leo says that Marantz is now part of Denon's parent company. McIntosh is still alive and kicking, but still too expensive. The Used Gear market may be the best option for amps. But not speakers.  Leo says the entire industry is in a state of collapse now because most kids just listen to MP3s with earbuds. 

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1388

Angus wants to hook up some old speakers to his 32" HDTV. What's the most affordable way to do this? Leo says who cares if the picture is small, if the sound is big? Scott agrees and says that the best solution is to get the most affordable A/V speaker or amp you can afford and hook it up. Make sure it has an optical/digital input (also known as TOSLINK). Scott checked at LifeWire, and they say the Pioneer VSX 531 for $200 is the best value for the money.

How can I rip my LPs?

Episode 1164

Duke from Huntington Beach, CA

Duke wants to be able to rip his LPs and burn them to CDs. His turntable is a good one, but he doesn't know how to get it into the computer. Leo says that turntables are unbalanced. He'd need a preamp with a turntable connection. He should turn the amp on the turntable setting and then connect the amp into the computer, which has a minijack in, which would require an adapter.

Why does my home theater sound so bad?

FiiO digital to analog converter

Episode 1151

Mike from Birmingham, AL

Mike is planning to build a home theater PC. But when he's running Pandora online, he can control the volume on the PC, the amp and Pandora, but the sound is terrible. What is he doing wrong? Leo says that he'll want to use line-out, not headphone out. Line out has a fixed nominal volume, allowing him to adjust it from the amp. Even better, he could use digital out. FiiO makes a great digital analog converter

How can I connect a car stereo to my home speakers?

Car stereo

Episode 1114

Steve from Canoga Park, CA

Steve has a car stereo and he wants to connect it to home speakers. Leo says that he's got the resistance mismatched which could cause some damage. Steve will need a step converter to be able to handle it. But many believe that there's not enough mismatch to worry about it. An impedance matching transformer would fix it, as would two speakers in parallel.

Can I add an amp to an A/V Receiver?

Episode 1098

James from Pennsylvania

James has an old Onkyo TXNR808 A/V receiver that he's looking to replace. What would Scott recommend, and can he add a secondary amp to boost the power to his main speakers? Scott says he can add an amp, but he won't really get more power. Most receivers have a pre-amp out which he can then use with a separate, dedicated amp. But it's important to know the impedance of the speakers. The lower impedance, the more power he'll need.