Originally Posted by genaccmiller
Hello - Given that the smaller BS22 can only accommodate 80 Watts, does it mean the maximum receiver I could get is one capable of producing an output of 400 - 500 watts?
The BS22 is not a wimp, and I do not pay a lot of attention to specs > I can play the
Pioneer speakers with a receiver rated higher in watts (above 100 watts per channel).
The key is to watch the volume levels.
It is rare that you will use all the watts in the receiver at the same time. The receiver
divides the watts into the individual channels. Something like the Denon 1612, does
a little over 70 watts into 5 channels - you will still not hear all the watts at the same
time. Most people do not use all the watts - the power is in reserve for dynamic peaks.
The Denon will give more watts in 2 channel mode >> however the speaker does not
need all the watts to get loud > As long as you keep the volume below head-banging
levels, you will be fine >> When you hear a speaker that sounds stressed, or begins
to distort, then turn the volume down - this goes for all speakers.