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Which receiver is best for my Klipsch setup?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by troy2003, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. troy2003

    troy2003 Auditioning

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    I am still fairly new to the home audio thing. I started out with Klipsch quintet II with a Dayton Audio sub and have upgraded to klipsch rf-82's, an rc-52II, rb-61's and rs-42's. I am currently running an Onkyo ht-sr550 receiver from the ht-sr800 HTIB, this was my starter receiver for the quintets. I just dont think it is doing the job for the speakers I have upgraded to and I want some advice on where to get a good used receiver for no more than $400 or if anyone might be selling something that is perfect to complete the setup. My current receiver is only HDMI pass through, ect., ect...here is a link to what im running my current speaker setup with.
    http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=HT-SR800&class=Systems&p=f
    I know its not a power issue, one thing i have learned is more power doesnt necessarily mean better sound. It seems it may be a frequency level downfall that is lacking. I have been seeing many receivers that cover a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz per channel; however the current receiver I am running does not show the frequency range that it covers.
    Amplifier Section
    Power Output -
    Front L/R 110 W/Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
    Center 110 W (8 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
    Surround L/R 110 W/Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
    Surround Back L/R 110 W/Channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
    Dynamic Power 210 W (3 ohms, 1 ch)
    190 W (4 ohms, 1 ch)
    130 W (8 ohms, 1 ch)
    THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) 0.9 % (Rated power)
    Damping Factor 60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 ohms)
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance 200 mV/47 k-ohms (Line)
    Output Level and Impedance 200 mV/470 ohms (Rec out)
    Frequency Response 5 Hz–100 kHz/ +1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)
    Tone Control ±10 dB, 50 Hz (Bass)
    ±10 dB, 20 kHz (Treble)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 100 dB (Line, IHF-A)
    Speaker Impedance 8 ohms–16 ohms
     
  2. schan1269

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    Well...how much money you got? As about the only real improvement is going to be Anthem.
    However you are using an AVR that appears to be a lightweight(judging by the specs being based on 1kz)...
    But for sound, outside Anthem...there is HK.
     
  3. Jason Charlton

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    Hi Troy,

    What, specifically, seems missing with your current setup?

    Those Klipsch are exceedingly efficient (98dB) so you are correct in thinking any problems you're experiencing are not related to power - these require very little power to play loud.

    Since you updated your speakers, have you re-run the Audyssey setup utility? Calibration can have a significant effect on a system's performance.

    That being said, probably the biggest area for improvement in your case is getting a receiver that will allow you to benefit from the lossless audio on Blu-rays. The improvement in audio quality going from lossy DVD audio to Dolby HD/DTS-MA was startlingly significant when I made the switch.

    A budget of $400 offers lots of options from the usual suspects: Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer... I am partial to Onkyo, and at $400 you could get a brand new 616 from Amazon. That would likely have everything you'd need...
     
  4. troy2003

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    Good info Jason and schan....so do I want to be concerned with frequency range when looking for a receiver?. This was a used receiver so unfortunately there was no room correction with it when I bought it, could this be suspect in my audio setup?
     

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