I recently decided that I should buy myself a present for my birthday and upcoming xmas. I eventually decided on some TSX550T speakers to replace my Athenas. In doing more and more reading, I've discovered that an amplifier probably is necessary to get the full value. This wasn't in the budget (not that there was one to begin with) but I've sorta decided on the Emotiva XPA-5 which will do 200w x 5. Probably overkill for the surrounds and the center, but those can be upgraded in time. This will be connecting to my Onkyo HT-RC270 receiver.
This is my first dedicated home amplifier, so I'm looking for some clarifcation on things. I see the amp offers balanced and unbalanced interconnects. I have no idea what the difference really is, but my receiver only seems to accept unbalanced. From what I've read these unbalanced interconnects appear to simply be single male to male RCA cables. I'll probably only connect up my fronts and maybe my center to the amp, so in theory I just need 3 of these cables.
Am I missing anything or is it that simple??