A stereo receiver essentially combines an integrated amplifiers and tuner (FM or DAB radio) in one box. One of these is an ideal choice if you wish to enjoy the pleasure of hi-fi quality radio listening but without multiple boxes. Just add either bookshelf speakers or floorstanding speakers and enjoy. We also sell AV receivers (which offer all the features of a stereo receiver, with the addition of 5.1 or 7.1 channel amplification and features for home cinema sound).
A stereo receiver goes in between your speakers and source. Much like an integrated amplifier, a stereo receiver combines a pre amplifier with a power amplifier in a single unit. This is the most popular amplifier configuration and offers stunning value for money. If you need advice on your stereo receiver and/or speaker matching, don't hesitate to call or email us for advice. We offer Free UK next day delivery on all of our in stock products.
The amplifier circuitry of stereo receivers, as with an integrated amplifier, is housed in one unit combining both a power and pre amp. This means that you don't need multiple boxes, and will save you space in the long run. When looking for an amplifier or hi-fi system on a budget, a stereo receiver is an incredibly cost-effective solution, and will virtually always the best sounding and most cost effective solution. An internal tuner means that you are able to enjoy music straight away, simple by connecting speakers, without the need for a separate source.
Like integrated amps, stereo receivers offer speaker terminals for connecting speakers. These terminals typically accept banana plugs, spade plugs and bare wire, though they can vary so it is worth checking the amplifier offers the type of connection that matches your speaker cable. Naim amplifiers and stereo receivers only accept 4mm banana plugs or Naim’s own plugs and so are unsuitable for bare wire. Cyrus also use their own BFA connections which require BFA-terminated speaker cable rather than spades, bananas or bare wire. Some stereo receivers may feature two sets of speaker outputs, letting you to change between two separate sets of speakers or possibly use two pairs at the same time
When purchasing a stereo receiver, just as with a power amp or integrated amp, it is key to consider its power rating and whether it is suitably powered to drive the speakers you intend to use. Most speakers are given a recommended power rating, stating the range of amplifier power outputs suitable for optimum speaker performance. If your integrated amplifier is too low powered for your speakers then the overall sound, impact and soundstage will suffer from your speakers not being driven properly. If an amplifier or receiver has too much power, the quality of sound can deteriorate, and you may risk permanent damage to your speakers.
Stereo Receivers offer a range of input and connectivity options, due to the pre amplifier part of the design. This allows you to connect a range of sources to your receiver, typically via RCA inputs, although a range of other connectivity options exist. Some models may feature a headphone output, meaning you can use a pair of headphones rather than speakers, letting you enjoy your music privately or late at night without disturbing anyone. Many stereo receivers also feature a phono input, which enables you to connect a turntable directly, without the need for a phono stage. Some models even include an on-board DAC, allowing you to connect digital sources such as a computer, CD player or streamer and enjoy high quality play back.