I am considering purchasing the Denon AVR-X4000 receiver and a couple of B&W CM9, but I am unsure if the receiver can power the CM9's (I have heard they are very power hungry).
I like the Denon feature set and it is around my budget. The long term plan is to invest in the full CM series for a full 5.1 setup, but my initial setup would be the receiver and the two speakers. The setup would be used for bluray movies and Spotify music streaming.
Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated.
Panasonic G20 50"
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 surround
To relieve the AVR of power sapping low frequency amplification duties, and contribute the most to your listening experience, your next purchase in your upgrade path should be a sub (or two).
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In your shopping around, be sure to give AVS's own jdsmoothie a call and twist his arm for his best price on the X4000.
You might consider last years AVR-3313 if you can't find an affordable price for the X4000. The notable step down with the 3313 is Audyssey XT instead of XT32, but XT will still do a perfectly reasonable job on a single sub or symmetrically placed dual subs. If you don't need all the up-to-date features, the Denon AVR-4311 is an excellent AVR that should be good value if you can still find one.
Both will be fine to power the B&W's.
I see Fred and Mary are in Sydney at the moment.
These speakers are a lot easier to drive than internet hearsay (or dealers who want to rip you off) suggests.
Don't lose any sleep over it.
After listening to various speaker combinations, I ended up purchasing the following:
1x ASW 10CM subwoofer
1x Denon AVR-X4000
which I will combine with my old speakers for a 7.1 surround setup. It will be delivered wednesday! :D