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What about the Marantz SR1601? It has Audyssey MultiEQ at least and retains the small size factor.

Interesting. How long has that been out? I just checked my notes and don't see anything about the 1601, which probably means it wasn't available until just recently (I started looking into AVR's at the beginning of the year).

It only has 50 watts though, like the 1501, which for an AVR I consider ridiculous. Surprises me that Marantz wouldn't have included a better amp with the newer, more expensive receiver.

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It only has 50 watts though, like the 1501, which for an AVR I consider ridiculous. Surprises me that Marantz wouldn't have included a better amp with the newer, more expensive receiver.

Uh, slim factor equals slim power.
In all seriousness, how much power do you need?
50 watts is plenty of power especially for someone who uses satellite speakers with a subwoofer.

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Uh, slim factor equals slim power.
In all seriousness, how much power do you need?
50 watts is plenty of power especially for someone who uses satellite speakers with a subwoofer.

Not if you go with a digital amp...

To me, 50 watts seems weak. It's been my experience that, in general, you can't overpower a set of speakers, only overdrive them. In other words, if you have a very powerful amp it won't do any damage to your speakers unless you really crank it. Conversely, if you have a powerful amp it can do wonders for smaller speakers -- even if they aren't rated to "handle" that many watts -- because it drives them with better power.

I'm not one of those 500 watt monoblock guys, but I do think an AVR with less then 75 watts per channel is silly. That just doesn't seem like enough power to me.

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Not if you go with a digital amp...

To me, 50 watts seems weak. It's been my experience that, in general, you can't overpower a set of speakers, only overdrive them. In other words, if you have a very powerful amp it won't do any damage to your speakers unless you really crank it. Conversely, if you have a powerful amp it can do wonders for smaller speakers -- even if they aren't rated to "handle" that many watts -- because it drives them with better power.

I'm not one of those 500 watt monoblock guys, but I do think an AVR with less then 75 watts per channel is silly. That just doesn't seem like enough power to me.

I didn't leave my two-channel setup until just a couple of years ago (maybe, 3-4). I was a die-hard two-channel person and finally, one day, I decided to test the multi-channel waters At that time, I did it on the cheap. I used 5 Trends Audio T-amps for all channels and used my source player directly into these amps (no pre-amp). These amps only put out about 6 watts into 8 ohms per channel and I was using one per channel instead of two. So, again, tell me how much power is needed?

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I didn't leave my two-channel setup until just a couple of years ago (maybe, 3-4). I was a die-hard two-channel person and finally, one day, I decided to test the multi-channel waters At that time, I did it on the cheap. I used 5 Trends Audio T-amps for all channels and used my source player directly into these amps (no pre-amp). These amps only put out about 6 watts into 8 ohms per channel and I was using one per channel instead of two. So, again, tell me how much power is needed?

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