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Are there any affordable preamps out there?

I am looking for one with the same features of, for example an Onkyo 606 or 706. I would assume that a preamp would cost less than a normal AVR with the same features since it has no build in amp. Or is it just better to get a normal AVR with preouts and not use the speaker outs if your on a budget?

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For several reasons, pre/pros are more expensive than comparably-featured AVRs. You will not find an unused pre/pro for less than the cost of an Onkyo 606.

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A pre/pro that supports all the newest audio formats will cost at minimum $1000 Your best off just getting a Onkyo 706 for $500
 

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Why are they more expensive than full-out amplified receivers?
Fundamentally, the volume is too small to compensate for the additional costs of development, inventory, distribution and support.

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100% it's the volume & they know if you buy power on it's own you looking for something different & will pay more, marketing is wonderful don't you think?
 
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