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AV receiver vs stereo integrated amps

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What is the general opinion around these parts regarding AV receivers vs stereo integrated amps?

I know the audiophile opinion is that AV receivers are no good for stereo and that a dedicated stereo amp offers "veils and veils" of superior sound quality, but are there any blind tests of stereo amps vs AV receivers?
 
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Disclaimer : I own an AV receiver Marantz SR-6013. :) I just keep reading on several forums that AV receivers suck for music but I have never understood that viewpoint.

If you disable all the DSP processing surely the AVR is just a bare-bones integrated amp? Or am I missing something here?
 

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They have alot of digiotal processing going on, and this usuaally shows in less than perfect performance. Also, they do not necessarily have a beefy enough power supply. However, in reality all this may not be audible, even if it shows in measurements. The good news is of course that they are very versatile, and come with some kind of dsp room eq.
 
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They sound “good enough “ for most applications IMO. They have some nice features too.

I use them to run biamped speakers. I can do the crossover in my computer and run HDMI out to access the amps.

Many older models also have multi channel analog inputs which can be used similarly if you have a multi channel analog out for your filter.

Run everything off the single volume

Built in crossover for a sub

They have built in DA converters.

Remote control

I’m running one for my desktop speakers that someone gave me for free on CL. It’s a low end Yamaha but sounds fine to me.

These devices are incredible.

Downsides:
Big
Ugly
Hot
Hard to fix
Confusing interfaces
 
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