OK, so this may be the weakest question ever asked in this forum, but I'm confused, so I'm going to dump it on the group anyway
I have an older set of 5.1 Paradigm Cinema v.3 speakers. They have served me reasonably well for the last 10 years or so, but I'm having an issue that I need some clarification on.
I recently purchased a new TV and have been really getting into Blu-Ray movies. I've been cranking up the sound more than usual (on an also-new Denon 1913 AVR) and I'm seeing the receiver kick into protect mode (shut down) at higher volumes. I've checked my cabling and the speakers are rated a 8 ohms. It's not "wall shaking loud" when this happens - it tends to kick at between 60-70 volume. At 25 it's barely audible, so it doesn't "feel" like 60 is unreasonable. It sounds great at 60 or so - about where I'd like to set it for most movies - but it will invariably kick off at that level. The receiver itself is fairly warm, but not so hot I can't touch it. Ventilation is decent above and behind that AVR (it is in a cabinet).
My stupid question is this: how can I get more sound at lower power/volume levels on the Denon??? Part of me thinks it should be obvious: buy larger, 8 ohm, efficient speakers - maybe I'm pushing the little Cinemas too hard. Alas, the other part of me fears that the AVR will work harder to drive these speakers and I'll have the same problems regardless. Still, at the end of the day, I have to think that people are getting more sound out of larger speakers with the 1913, but I wanted to ask before I did anything drastic.
Again, I apologize in advance; I should know this but I'm struggling. Thanks much and look forward to getting schooled on this issue!!!