Originally Posted by Apokai
Yes. An OTHER newbie on the forum. I spent 2 days searching and reading, trying to do my duty. And guess what? Totally lost.
1st - My receiver blew up (a cheap one, I don't even dare to tell what it was). So, I need a new one.
2nd - Over all the advices I received and read, most people told me to choose a speaker set based on my personal appreciation of the quality of the music. That's logical, That's true.
2 years ago, I went to a listening room at FutureShop and was blown away by Klipsch RF82 (800). Again, a month ago, I went back, asked the guy to run all the speakers, closed my eyes and listen. They was Martin Logan, Polk and Klipsch RF62 and RF82. Again, I was blown away by them.
Here's my problem. I need a new receiver NOW.
Klipsch RF82 are asking for a 150W RMS. Most receiver got around 65 to 90W (for a price range of 200 to 400$). I found that people suggest that the receiver and speaker run around the same W per channel. So, in order to buy the Klipsch eventually, I found that a 90W per channel receiver might not be enough to drive them.
Yesterday, the Sony STR-DN1040
went at a special price tag of 499$. It has a 165W per channel
so I said "Bingo, that's the one".
But Klipsch's got 2 pairs of connector (for preouts as I understood). Receiver with Preouts are more the double of my budget. So, is the SONY enough to power them? And what happens if I hook it up with, i.e. Energy Classic II which is a 100W RMS max. Is it too powerful then?
But again, logically speaking, I was blown out at FutureShop with prob. a very standard receiver, but connected with preouts (as the vendor was switching speakers set with a red push button - So again, logically, should be a performance lost here).
Yeah, I saw your other threads. Emotiva amps... W-O-W. That is so great. XPA-2, perfect for stereo. My Klipsh would run like a Ferrari on a german highway, I know. But, sorry guys, I don't have that kind of money. I would like to though, but don't have. A got a cheap receiver, blown away that I have to replace and trying to get a decent (possible?) one to eventually have Klipsch RF82 on it.
Other solution, go to a specialized music store, not some BestBuy store. But I know it would be like driving a lamborghini and going back after on Jetta. I would never be satisfied again.
A friend told me to look for used stuff. Too scared to be fooled by experience users.
My head is spinning off actually. So much questions.
So, I will take any advices. Most important for now, what about the SONY 1040 for the future use of Klipsch RF-82? Budget wise, it is around 500$ for the receiver and around 1K$ for Klipsch (will wait for boxing day, they usually go as 499$ each).