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  1. Dave Upton

    At what point(s) should we consider moving beyond just an AVR?

    Yes, this sounds right - with the exception @JohnRice noted above, if you choose particularly hard to drive speakers you may need to get an amp for them sooner. That's growing less common these days - but there are some older designs like John's Thiel's and old Apogees that are absolute power hogs.
  2. Dave Upton

    At what point(s) should we consider moving beyond just an AVR?

    Used speakers are purely a bang for the buck play - there's no other reason. That said, a very expensive audiophile speaker that's 15 or so years old can be had for a fraction of its original cost, and will often sound worlds better than modern cheap speakers. Although marketing departments...
  3. Dave Upton

    At what point(s) should we consider moving beyond just an AVR?

    I tend to give this advice to anyone who asks me about what to upgrade next. In order of importance for audio (where your $$ should go first): 0) MiniDSP/Calibration and DSP optimization of what you already have 1) Better speakers 2) Room Treatments 3) Additional or Better subwoofers 4)...
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