Join Date: Aug 1998
Location: Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.
Re: Home audio stuff
This is a very general response to your question.
Typically a receiver that connects to your TV and has multiple speakers is going to be a Surround Sound receiver. They are specified by the number of channels they have as X.Y, where X is regular audio (surround) channels, and Y is sub woofer channels. A 5.1 system would have 5 channels (front right, left, and center, rear right and left) and 1 sub woofer.
Generally, they will allow you to connect an additional pair(2) of speakers like the old A/B
speaker selector, where A is the 5.1 speakers, and B is stereo speakers in another room.
To connect this to your TV, your TV needs to have a digital audio output, or an HDMI ARC connection. You could connect your TV with just a L/R audio connection, but that would defeat the purpose of a surround sound receiver.
You probably wont find one with a built in CD player, but if you already have a DVD player, it will play CD's
Just a heads up, realize that these setups require a number of speakers and powered sub woofers.
If your TV doesn't have the digital audio feature, and just has Left/Right outputs, just a regular 2 channel stereo receiver would work, but you will probably be limited to 2 sets of stereo speakers with an A/B switch. I don't think there are any that will power 8 speakers.
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