I finally found a retailer me that had the Venere S for demonstration, and I loved the sound. Are they easy speakers to drive? My concern is that it is a 4ohm speaker, and my new Denon x4200 may be "outgunned". I'm curious how those of you with Sonus Faber tower speakers, and especially the Venere line, power your setup. This speaker purchase basically "breaks" my discretionary bank until Fall, so I can't just run out and grab a $600-$1000 amplifier. I'm swaying between the Paradigm Prestige (8 ohm rating), or the Sonus Faber Venere S.
**These speakers would be for a 3.0 system (3.1 max). I usually run my speakers at 50% max volume, never more than 70%. Usage is heavily skewed toward Home Theater.**
DENON Owner's Manual for x4200, 7.1 system
The amplifier section features 7 identical amp channels each with high current discrete output delivering 125 watts per channel, along with true low impedance drive capability that easily handles 4ohm speakers.
4 - 16 ohms
165 watts per channel
(6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.7%, 2ch driven)
(8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 0.05%, 2ch driven)
jdsmoothie response: "any of the 2015 models can power 4-ohm speakers a nominal volume levels; however, as you raise the volume above 60/-20db or so, the AVR may shut down in protection mode..."
Denon CSR response: "speaker impedance is nominal, and can vary from lower than 4 to over 20. The Denon x4200 is able to power 4 ohm speakers well. Common sense should be used when adjusting volume control, as, in general, it is easier to overdrive an amplifier with 4 ohm speakers than with 6, 8, or above."
Thank you for your input!