Originally Posted by texastexayeehaw
Wow thanks for the advice!
The room is roughly 15x12x8. It is an apartment and I worry a large sub might bother the neighbors? Any of yall have experience with that? Could you explain more about an external amplifier?
Many many thanks
Good advice from the others. External amplification begins with RCA pre-amplifier (pre amp) outputs on the rear of your receiver. This means they are controlled by the receiver's volume control and are benefited by its DSP, room correction, and other processing. Even if the external amplifier is of a lower rated wattage output, the watts tend to be "bigger" than those coming from a receiver's internal amplifier. Example, the UPA-500 has five 80 watt RMS channels, but weighs nearly 23 pounds...which is basically what the other receivers in your price category will weigh. How is it possible for them to have identical amplifiers of identical quality and fidelity if one is just an amplifier
and another has to include all kinds of other bits for processing video, multiple inputs and outputs, a big display, multiple internal boards, etc? I'll let you decide, Tex.
I think your killer app is to go on one of the above receiver recs and pair it with an amp like the Emotiva UPA-500 ($359 for 5x80 watts) or the XPA-3 ($629 for 3x200 watts). Just use any quality RCA cables to connect the two.
EDIT: I'll add that the main benefit of an external amplifier is rarely increased volume output before amp clipping...it is increased fidelity at all volume levels. The differences between a receiver and external amplifier are usually most glaring at low to moderate output levels when listening to music. If somebody wants more volume output, then they need to invest in some high efficiency speakers as even a doubling of wattage output only makes negligible increase in perceived volume. The fidelity
is why I'm making my rec for an external amp.