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Which receiver is best for my Klipsch setup?


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   troy2003

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Posted November 29 2012 - 06:49 AM

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....ass=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 of 4 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted November 29 2012 - 08:00 AM

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 of 4 OFFLINE   Jason Charlton

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Posted November 29 2012 - 08:37 AM

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...


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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   troy2003

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Posted November 29 2012 - 09:53 AM

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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