Questions from the Stone Age
The last time I bought hi fi equipment was about 20 years ago. I now want to replace my amplifier, so I bought September's What Hi Fi Sound and Vision. As I understand there are now 2 types of amplifiers. There are traditional hi fi amplifiers which only run 1 pair of speakers, which do not seem to appear in the magazine reviews or buying guides. Then there are AV Amplifiers/Receivers designed for home cinema, which do appear in the magazine.
I am interested in these because I may want to set up home cinema in the future, but for the moment I want an amplifier which will run my current equipment. This is an analogue vinyl record deck (has built in equalized amplifier - can be connected to system without phono turntable socket), an analogue tuner with FM/AM/Long Wave, a cassette deck, and a CD player, all connected by RCA phono plugs. I also have a media player connected wirelessly to my computer so I can play music files stored on the computer, and internet radio. The media player is connected to an HD ready LCD TV, and there is an audio out from the TV connected by RCA phono plugs to the video input (only one available) of my current amplifier.
I am interested in the Sony STR-DA1200ES and the Onkyo TX-SR605. I assume they both have headphone socklets. Here's the Stone Age bit - I cannot understand the language of home cinema so I cannot glean from either the reviews of these (p87) or the specs in the buying guide (p149) whether I can successfully connect my current equipment:
analogue vinyl record deck (can be connected to system without phono turntable socket)
HD ready LCD TV audio out
Also, does What Hi Fi Sound and Vision not review standard hi fi amplifiers?