Originally Posted by NewToHT
Your receiver does not have Pre-outs so yes...you do need a receiver with pre-outs.
I will now get blasted for this.....
PLEASE DO NOT spend a ton on a receiver and an amp. You are very smart to look at used receivers and that 3806 is a fine unit. BUT.......you bought what I am guessing the B-stock speakers for $250.....either that or you did not spend over $500 for them. The bulk of your money should be spent on speakers....not a receiver. People are buying these speakers....which essentially are entry level speakers.....and then buying huge amps to drive them. That is not the way to go. I have heard these exact speakers and the 55's......while they are nice looking....they do lack in the low mids and bass....sounded muddy with not a lot of detail. For what it is worth....an Adcom amp was driving them. Again, I am NOT insulting the speakers.....they are decent for what they are but there are a LOT of speakers out there for the same money or a few bucks more that can best them. If sonically you are not happy with them.....then sell them and get something different.... audition audition audition....it's part of the fun.
I'm not going to blast you....you did a pretty good job of it,yourself....The 55Ti's are "entry level" with poor mid-bass and "muddy" woofers?......pleeez....what are you talking about?
The 55Ti's have one of the best fabric dome tweeter and mid-bass woofers that I've heard......lacking in detail?....I bought them precisely for this reason...they put my polk m70's to shame and are at least on par with my Polk lsi 7's.I have it paired with a Revel sub and the combo is terrific.
As to your advice regarding more power,I agree,but what you should have picked up on was the poster running an optical cable from his ****** sound card to the recv'r....listening to Mp3"s!!!!!....No wonder the speakers sound lousy.
What you should have advised is that he get a $100 V-link to a low-priced Dac then out to any decent Onkyo or Pioneer recv'r.......and listen in 2 channel,pure direct only.
I have a $250 Dac with a Yaquin Cd3 Tube Buffer With upgraded Raytheon V-231 Black Plate Tubes.Total cost for the Dac and Yaquin was less than $450 dollars....I also have a 4yr old Pio Elite
The sound with Emp 55ti's is friggin' Extraordinary!
Get away from amps......get a tube preamplifier and a decent Dac for less money.....THIS is the advice you should have given,instead of denigrating speakers,that you obviously know nothing about.
Got it?........lesson over,peter