Speaker sensitivity and receivers - newbie

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by balendu, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. balendu

    balendu Auditioning

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    Given the good deal on the JBL NSP-1 speaker set I went

    ahead and ordered it to replace my aging Sony speakers.

    I currently have a Sony Pro Logic setup and am planning to

    finally move into the Dolby Digital/DTS arena. In

    my browsings of the various posts I noticed a post that

    talked about how the JBL speakers had a low sensitivity

    rating - N-Center sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m) - 90dB ,

    N24s sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m)- 86dB and that one

    would need a receiver with a lot of power to drive these

    speakers.

    My question is basically this -

    When considering receivers what should I be looking for

    to account for this - e.g. do I want one with a high

    watt rating ?

    I have basically boiled it down to either...

    Denon AVR 1802 - 80W

    Pioneer VSX-D710S - 100W

    I would like to get something that will go well with these

    speakers and hopefully have a decent number of inputs since I have a cd, dvd, tape, laserdisc, md, dish, vcr and a

    turntable. My listening room size is 11'x10' if that

    has any bearing on this issue.

    Help of any kind will be greatly appreciated.

    -- Balendu
     
  2. DanaA

    DanaA Screenwriter

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    I think that either receiver will provide ample power for the speakers and room size. Personally, I'd go with the Denon. Don't pay too much attention to the watts/channel ratings. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Denon has more real world power than the Pioneer.
     
  3. balendu

    balendu Auditioning

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    Thanks for the response. I have been reading up on

    the Denon's and they seem to be the best bang for the buck.

    -- Balendu
     
  4. RichardH

    RichardH Supporting Actor

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    Keep in mind that you have to double the power to get a 3dB increase in volume. The difference between 80 and 100 watts is likely inaudible. Not to mention that those receivers were probably measured in a different manner, so it's not an apples to apples comparison.
     

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