Setup reciever help needed

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Gavin.F, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. Gavin.F

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    Hi everyone. Im fairly new to the HT scene, so any help is appriciated.

    Firstly, I live in the UK. Ive been looking around at local speakers and have basically decided I want the Monitor Audio Bronze package, with the B4 floorstanders up front, and the BFX speakers at the rear. Ive also settled on either the Harman/Kardon DVD25 or DVD506 as the DVD player. However, Im still deciding about the receiver.

    Its a reasonably small room, but I like it loud. The system will be used for DVDs, music, gaming and general TV, so I need a good all round system. If required, Id like it more focused for films. Id like at least about 4 digital imputs and a reasonable number of watts on all channels.

    The systems Ive considered so far are the Denon AVR2803, Onyko TX-SR601 and some of the Harman/Kardon receivers. Opinions on these models and how they'd couple with the Monitor Audio set would be most appriciated. Any other suggestions are also welcome.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Anyone?
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    hi gavin -

    i know this is a cop-out answer, but all three brands should work well for you. denon is on my short-list for my next receiver, i currently own an onkyo and would have no issues with a hk.

    if forced to talk about each brand, i would probably saying the following:

    denon and hk have stronger amps. hk is especially known for their powerful amp stages. don't think of this in terms of "oh good, then i can really crank it." instead, think of it in terms of having better sound at lower volume. a strong amp means it won't have to work as hard to recreate high dynamic range.

    the onkyo is probably a better value. they typically give you good performance and features for a reasonable cost. there have been some reviews that state their power-rating isn't exactly accurate, but under normal listening situations you can't tell anyway.

    do you know the efficiency rating of the speakers you want? a more efficient speaker won't require as strong an amp.

    hope that helps some...if not just ask away. [​IMG]
     
  4. Gavin.F

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    Im not really sure what you mean by efficiency rating but these are the specs from the monitor audio site:

    Frequency Response: 36Hz-22KHz
    Sensitivity: ([email protected]) 91dB
    Nominal Impedance: (Ohms) 6
    Power Handling RMS: (W) 150
    Drive Unit Complement: 1 x 6.5" MMP® MK2 Bass
    1 x 6.5" MMP® MK2 Bass mid-range
    1 x 25mm Gold Dome
    C-CAM® tweeter
    Cabinet Design: Front & rear ported, bass reflex
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    oops..yeah, i meant sensitivity. i guess the terms are somewhat interchangeable.

    anyway, 91db is pretty good. that means your speaker doesn't have to "work as hard" as a speaker with...say...an 89db rating. in turn, that means your amp doesn't have to be quite as powerful.

    however...

    i noticed this is a 6-ohm speaker. (now i always get this part mixed up, so if i goof, i apologize in advance.) since your speaker is only 6-ohms, (instead of the "normal" 8-ohms) - that means the speaker is "pulling" more juice (less resistance???) from the amp. so, you'll want to make sure your amp is up to snuff.

    hope that helps. bottom line - go with either the hk or denon. [​IMG]
     

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