How to Connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver

How to Connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver

Maybe you are looking for ways to stream audio to more channels than your current AV receiver can achieve, or perhaps you are looking to bolster the number of watts coming through your speakers. Regardless of your reason, you might want to connect your integrated amp to the receiver.

To connect an integrated amplifier to an AV receiver using RCA Cables, find the pre-out section on the AV receiver and connect to the Left and Right channels. Then, connect these to the Integrated Amplifier, and finally, plug in your speaker wire to the Integrated Amp to achieve sound.

While there are several different routes that you could take to amplify the sound quality of your home theater or other surround sound system setup, using an Integrated Amplifier can help you to make a lasting impression on your friends and family.

Connecting it to your AV Receiver will not only amplify the sound but your audio game as well. Let’s take a closer look.

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How to Connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver

As mentioned, there can be a variety of reasons that you would want to connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver. Before reading the steps, check out the video below:

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Let’s face it, we all have different desires for our in-home surround sound speaker setup, but many of us share the same general idea of a dream in using the most effective pieces of technology.

Perhaps you are attempting to achieve a complete Dolby Atmos speaker setup in your home theater but your AV receiver is limited to a number of channels, so you need the additional amplification.

Or, maybe you are wanting more power to stream directly to the speakers you already own, so you want to use an Integrated Amplifier to achieve this.

Whatever your reason, this can be achieved with a pretty simple process. Once you know what you are doing, connecting an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver can happen pretty quickly and easily making this process efficient and worthwhile.

So, to connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver, be sure to follow these simple steps:

1. Purchase all the necessary equipment

Fortunately for you and your budget, you will not need too many pieces of equipment to make the connection from your Integrated Amplifier to your AV Receiver possible.

But, it is obviously important to check that all of the pieces in this setup option are working correctly and have the compatibility that is necessary for this operation.

Obviously, you will need an Integrated Amplifier and an AV Receiver. Speaking in generalities, these do not need to be a specific brand or model. You should be able to connect almost any Integrated Amplifier with an AV Receiver.

The only other piece of equipment that you should need to connect your Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver is RCA cables.

You will need one that can connect to the Left and Right channels on the receiver and then respectively connect to the in/out speaker options on your Integrated Amp.

Finally, although this is not technically part of the connection with the Integrated Amplifier and the AV Receiver, you will need an RCA cable (or another wire) to connect a speaker- that will eventually produce the sound- to your Integrated Amplifier.

While this is not part of connecting the Integrated Amplifier and the AV Receiver, the process would not be complete without this step, and you would be left without the ability to hear the sound that you are attempting to bolster.

So, go ahead and collect your Integrated Amplifier, AV receiver, speaker system, and RCA cables.

2. Find the pre-out section on the AV receiver

Once you have purchased all of the necessary equipment (although hopefully, you would not have to purchase much considering the simple process of connecting these two pieces of equipment), you can begin the next step.

This includes finding the pre-out section on the AV receiver. Now, while not all models are going to be the same, there are generally labels on the back of the AV receiver near where all of the input/output ports are located.

You should be able to find one that labels the pre-out section. Eventually, this is where you will connect the cables.

Finding the pre-out section is important considering this is where you will need to plug in your RCA cables. Since there are so many different plugs and labels on the back of an AV receiver, those who are new to using them can become distracted or overwhelmed.

But, if you simply find the pre-out section (either by searching for the label directly on the AV receiver or by reviewing the owner’s manual of your device), you should see the Left and Right channels that you can plug your cable(s) into.

In the pre-out section, look for the Left and Right channel options- typically found as red and white ports for your RCA cable.

3. Use RCA cables to connect to the Left and Right channels on both pieces of equipment

Now that you have located the pre-out section on your AV Receiver, it is time to do the manual step of connecting this piece of equipment to your Integrated Amplifier. Fortunately, this can be as simple as it sounds once you know which ports and plugins that you will be using.

On the pre-out section of the AV Receiver, located the Left and Right channel options. These will likely be red (for the Right channel) and white (for the left channel), although they might not have a color added to them.

Take your RCA cables and plug them into the respective ports. Then, you will need to connect this cable to your Integrated Amplifier by plugging it into the correct audio input/output receiver port. You will likely find this as a much less complex system to understand on the back of your Integrated Amplifier.

In choosing to use the Left and Right channels, you are using the most basic front speakers of your sound system when connecting the Integrated Amplifier and AV Receiver.

While you could technically choose to use other channel options, using these will be the most basic operation and will provide the best sound quality overall compared to other options.

4. Connect a speaker wire to the Integrated Amplifier

Now, you have already connected the Integrated Amplifier to your AV Receiver in the above listed (three) steps. It was simple, right? Fortunately, achieving the sound that you are streaming between these two pieces of equipment is pretty easy, too.

All you need to do to finish this process off is to connect a speaker wire to the Integrated Amplifier. Otherwise, the sound will have “nowhere” to go and will not be streaming anywhere.

So, since you have connected the RCA cables to the Left and Right channels of your Integrated Amplifier from your AV Receiver, it is recommended to find the speaker(s) for these channels and plug it in.

You should see the appropriately labeled speaker input/output options on your Integrated Amplifier to make this process even easier.

5. Begin streaming your audio

Finally, now that your Integrated Amplifier is connected to your AV Receiver, and your speaker is connected to your Integrated Amp, you can begin streaming your audio.

You should now be able to enjoy the difference that adding this Integrated Amp to your in-home speaker system can make to your audio quality.

Why Connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver?

Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver

If you are still wondering what the benefits of connecting an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver are, then it can be helpful to take a look at a few of the benefits.

Of course, knowing which scenario that you have in your own home and speaker situation will be helpful in deciding if this is the right choice for you and your sound system.

So, why should you connect an Integrated Amplifier to an AV Receiver?

There are a few different reasons to do this, but the main ones include needing to add additional channels that your AV Receiver does not have, or adding power to the current speakers by streaming the audio through the Integrated Amplifier.

Let’s say you have a speaker system with 9 channels of audio that are possible, but your AV Receiver can only connect and output to 7 of these. This is still a pretty impressive number of channels.

But, to achieve the full scope of your speaker system, you might want to “outsource” the sound to an Integrated Amplifier. This can streamline the audio to the additional channels that your AV Receiver could not otherwise support.

In another scenario, if you know that your AV Receiver is not able to fully put out the power to all of the speakers that are in your sound system, then you might want to use an Integrated Amplifier to add power to these channels.

Then, you will be able to hear quite a difference in the power that comes through your entire speaker system.

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