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Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by ImDrunkAgain, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. ImDrunkAgain

    ImDrunkAgain Resident Mental Health Counselor

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    I'm new to the home audio section of OT and I was wondering what the pros/cons were to having a receiver and a power amplifier rather than just the receiver to power the speakers. BTW I have a Pioneer VSX-405. I know it is small power-wise, but it is for my dorm room/bedroom at home.
     
  2. Ronin

    Ronin Guest

    pros more power

    cons higher electric bill
     
  3. ImDrunkAgain

    ImDrunkAgain Resident Mental Health Counselor

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    In a smaller room, is more power really that important?
     
  4. Ronin

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    thats up to the listener and what kind of speakers that are being run
     
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    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    If your in a dorm then run that electric bill up :p
     
  6. BLH

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    Just because your in a dorm dosen't mean you have to skimp in the power category...
     
  7. Ronin

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    word, higher than needed power=less strain on amp along with other benefits ie dynamic range
     
  8. BlackWRX

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    Separate amps don't mean more power... There are plenty of super low power amps. Most high end amps are gonna give you less power than a reciever. Recievers are just easier, like a media center to connect everything to. Dedicated high quality amps are gonna give you better, cleaner sound. Especially if they are matched to your drivers.
     
  9. Ronin

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    halcro
    krell
    mcintosh

    all pretty fuckin high end

    all pack tons and tons of power
     
  10. johnson

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    Seperate amps will give you louder output and sound better. If the choice was between receiver alone or receiver + amps, the latter would win every time (unless space was a big concern). People who have heard both will say it's a night and day difference.
     
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    james330i Imported Redneck

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    depends on your speakers

    I have a pioneer elite 54txi and it sounded good with my definitive techs.

    I then added a cinenova 350w/channel power amp and my def techs just opened up like crazy, esp. the detail and smoothness of the speakers

    Considering i have pretty large room, it made a HUGE difference.
     
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    If you had to split a budget between speakers and a receiver, I would get better speakers and a less expensive receiver.
     

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