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Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers #5191634 08/19/19 08:44 PM
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I have the opportunity to get an Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 receiver for a great price but I want to use only 2 speakers on it - will it work satisfactorily with speakers hooked to LF & RF only?
I only plan to listen to FM radio.

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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191638 08/19/19 08:48 PM
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Onk is, in my opinion, a great bang for your buck.
Use it in stereo mode with confidence.


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191642 08/19/19 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Papa Bear
I have the opportunity to get an Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 receiver for a great price but I want to use only 2 speakers on it - will it work satisfactorily with speakers hooked to LF & RF only?

Absolutely.

It actually has the capability to bi-amp the front speakers, if your speakers have that feature as well.


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191650 08/19/19 09:02 PM
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I have that exact receiver. Had to replace some caps on it but it still doesn't display the volume visually. Other than that, it works great.


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191658 08/19/19 09:18 PM
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Thanks !! cool


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191667 08/19/19 09:33 PM
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It will certainly work with only two speakers.

What speakers do you have?

Is the receiver used? If so, and if the previous owner used it with a powered sub, you may want to go into the settings and tell it that you don't have a sub anymore. This should reclassify your main L/R speakers as "large" so they can receive full frequency spectrum. Otherwise, you may not be getting any bass into your L/R speakers. Then again, if your L/R speakers are fairly small, then you may not want to send low end bass to them anyway.


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191668 08/19/19 09:33 PM
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Yes, it will work with just (2) speakers fine. It should have a setup menu where it asks you about your speakers - front speaker size, rear size, center size, subwoofer size, distance from seating area, height, and so on. You should be able to tell it "none" or similar for the speakers you don't have. Also play with the "surround" settings to find which sounds best with a 2-speaker setup.

Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191698 08/19/19 10:22 PM
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Got an Onkyo TX-DS474 (5.1) with 2 speakers at work. It’s been running ~22 hours a day for at least the last 5 years. It’ll be just fine!


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191702 08/19/19 10:33 PM
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I hope it is really cheap because the design is over 10 years old, meaning that that more modern surround standards are not supported and it is 1080p only.
Onkyo is not know for reliability either. They usually sound good. If you are just using it for music it will be fine, but you will miss some niceties like Airplay, and you'll have to hook up an external device to stream music.

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I hope it is really cheap because the design is over 10 years old, meaning that that more modern surround standards are not supported and it is 1080p only.
Onkyo is not know for reliability either. They usually sound good. If you are just using it for locally connected music it will be fine (like FM you described), but you will miss some niceties like Airplay, and you'll have to hook up an external device to stream music

FM over the air is going to sound pretty bad compared to streaming, even FM station streaming. I don't think this unit has HD radio.

Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Quattro Pete] #5191844 08/20/19 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
What speakers do you have?


I'm borrowing a pair of Alesis Monitor 1 speakers from my son.
I won't get an owner's manual or set-up microphone etc the tuner seems quite sensitive and the power amp has good clean sound.
It'll likely be just the ticket for my 75 yr old ears..... thumbsup


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Originally Posted by Papa Bear
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What speakers do you have?


I'm borrowing a pair of Alesis Monitor 1 speakers from my son.
I won't get an owner's manual or set-up microphone etc

Nice! According to specs, these are rated down to 45 Hz, so you do want to make sure the sub crossover network on the receiver is disabled, or else you'll be missing out on some bass frequencies.

Link to owner's manual:
https://www.intl.onkyo.com/downloads/manuals/pdf/tx-sr606_manual_e.pdf


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Thanks, Pete


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191915 08/20/19 09:26 AM
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I would just get a stereo receiver for 2 speakers unless u plan on using more in the future. Just for FM radio, no need for anything fancy or a 7.1 receiver. Just my 2 cents


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Re: Using a 7.1 receiver with only 2 speakers [Re: Papa Bear] #5191926 08/20/19 09:53 AM
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You should be perfectly fine. I have an Onkyo from 2008 and only use two speakers most of the time in my apartment. I do have Elac's and an Elac center channel also, but it doesn't care as long as you set it to how you like it.


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