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We have a full size system in our basement with a projector screen, but I am looking for a basic (5.1) receiver for our living room. The receiver is housed in the bottom of an antique style cabinet, and I am looking for something ideally with a high efficiency (class D) amp that will stay cool, or at the least an effective auto standby mode, because the cabinet only has limited ventilation. Don’t want to spend a fortune... I am one of those that basically believes all amps not driven to the limit are basically of equivalent sound quality. I know some of the Pioneer Elites meet this standard, but they are pushing $1000...

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If you have limited ventilation, Class D isn’t going to help. Any amp generates heat, which means the heat is definitely going to build up, even with Class D. It’ll take longer than with other amps, but it’ll eventually happen. Your best bet would be to find a way to exhaust heat out of the cabinet, using fans of some sort. AC Infinity is a company that specializes in such products for audio systems. It’ll be much cheaper than buying a new receiver.

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Thanks, the limited ventilation does include a computer fan on the back that keeps things from getting too out of control despite the current receiver being an older model from the 90s (and probably needing replacement anyway as it has a nonfunctional rear channel).

I should have stated my goals more clearly, the thing I actually want to avoid is drying out the solid wood cabinet and leading to it cracking. The current receiver does not have an auto off or standby and occasionally gets left on after use, which worries me more than the hour or two (at most) it actually gets used each day, so maybe an effective standby mode that automatically activates would be at least as important as overall low power consumption.

I checked out AC Infinity. Certainly their products are more slick looking than my current setup!
 

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greetings, it's really a hard job to make a recommendation because it's normal for all Amplifier's to run on the warm side (at any price range)

as the O P suggested (ventilation is the key to the life and performance of any Amplifier) that been said, I have used several Onkyo receivers over the years and none have ever been broken because of a heat problem, I'm still running my Emotiva first gen XPA 2 power amp "from there second delivery batch, Ventilation is the # 1 priority :smile: good luck
 

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