Great Idea, poorly implemented
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When I purchased my new big screen TV I found it was missing one feature my old TV had, surround sound. The old flatscreen was designed to have the internal speakers to allow the user to use better quality and remotely mounted external speakers. This created a problem as the new tv had no provisions for this. Since I now would need a new and small amplifier to use the digital audio out and power the remote speakers I purchased the Russound TVA2.1. This small amp would be perfect and allow mounting behind the tv for a finished look. That where everything went south, first, the TVA2.1 uses a 24 volt transformer that at best because of its thickness would need to be mounted inside the wall. Second the amp itself would need to be mounted behind the TV where you would not have access to it. Here is the kicker, there is no way to turn off the amp without either unplugging or usiing the power switch mounted on the unit. Unfortunately the Russound has no detectiion on the digital input line to detect a signal and automatically turn the amp on and off. Bottom line, you will have a unit that will be running 24x7 with a warm transformer.
Pros: Small footprint, easily mounts in covert places
Cons: No signal sense for auto turn on and off. Uses a large 24volt brick style transformer to power the unit. Only way to turn the unit off is a rocker switch mounted on the unit, the remote WILL NOT turn the unit off.