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What kind of receiver are you guys running with your Signature Series speakers? I have a Denon 1912 and it only has 90 watts. I'm thinking I should upgrade to something at least 125 watts. And something 4k with alot of bells and whistlez. I feel I need to turn the reciever up to high for the sound I want. Interested in hearing what kinda wattage and recievers you guys use.
Let me know if you change anything. I'm in the same boat with 70 Watts. They sound great but I have to turn the volume way up

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Let me know if you change anything. I'm in the same boat with 70 Watts. They sound great but I have to turn the volume way up

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I know what you mean. I have to turn mine up to at least -17dba and the more they get broken in, I gotta turn it up more. Mine is 90 watts. I'm highly considering the new Denon x4400. It's not out yet, but should have 125 watts and all the newest audio and video capabilities out of the box. Plus able to pre amp 2 more channels.
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I know what you mean. I have to turn mine up to at least -17dba and the more they get broken in, I gotta turn it up more. Mine is 90 watts. I'm highly considering the new Denon x4400. It's not out yet, but should have 125 watts and all the newest audio and video capabilities out of the box. Plus able to pre amp 2 more channels.
I'm going to wait until hdmi2.1 spec drops to make sure the reciever is compatible

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RTIA5 Home Theatre expansion

I am upgrading my 7.1 home theatre. This started because I saw a great deal on the RTIA5's. I then added CSI A4 centre channel which was on sale. I did try the A9's & A6 centre but they were both too large in size for my room. Is the next logical addons the RTIA3's & RTIA1's for surrounds? I am questioning whether I even need the back surrounds as in my current setup I am not seeing much benefit. The T600's are currently on sale at a good price. Would the T600's be a good choice for surrounds or should I stick to the RTIA series? Or does anybody have any opinion on which direction I should go? I am very happy with the RTIA5's & A4 centre & would like to complete the upgrade. Listed below is my current setup:
Pioneer 921 Receiver
RTIA5 fronts
CSI A4 centre
Cambridge S70 surrounds
Cambridge S30 rear surrounds
NRG NX-bas-500
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I am upgrading my 7.1 home theatre. This started because I saw a great deal on the RTIA5's. I then added CSI A4 centre channel which was on sale. I did try the A9's & A6 centre but they were both too large in size for my room. Is the next logical addons the RTIA3's & RTIA1's for surrounds? I am questioning whether I even need the back surrounds as in my current setup I am not seeing much benefit. The T600's are currently on sale at a good price. Would the T600's be a good choice for surrounds or should I stick to the RTIA series? Or does anybody have any opinion on which direction I should go? I am very happy with the RTIA5's & A4 centre & would like to complete the upgrade. Listed below is my current setup:
Pioneer 921 Receiver
RTIA5 fronts
CSI A4 centre
Cambridge S70 surrounds
Cambridge S30 rear surrounds
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Side surrounds are the most critical. With that being said, I would probably go with the FXiA4 surrounds for your setup they are bipole/dipole and are perfect for surround speakers. Then, depending on the front sound stage, you could add front height or wides (RTiA1 or RTiA3). Those two speakers would also work well as rear speakers.

If you can go the in-wall/in-ceiling route, then the RT series to save space. The 625-RT, 65-RT, and 70-RT are all timber matched to the RTi series speakers.

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Side surrounds are the most critical. With that being said, I would probably go with the FXiA4 surrounds for your setup they are bipole/dipole and are perfect for surround speakers. Then, depending on the front sound stage, you could add front height or wides (RTiA1 or RTiA3). Those two speakers would also work well as rear speakers.

If you can go the in-wall/in-ceiling route, then the RT series to save space. The 625-RT, 65-RT, and 70-RT are all timber matched to the RTi series speakers.
Thanks for the suggestion. I never even thought of the FXIA4's but have quickly read up on them & sound like they might be a good addition. I guess I could try the FXIA4's then decide if I need to add the RTIA3 or RTIA1's for the rears. I really like that you can try these for 30 days then return if not to your liking. I will watch for the FXIA4's to be on sale. In my current setup I am finding the surround rears are not really providing much sound to my system.
I should mention that I probably am about 75% music listening.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I never even thought of the FXIA4's but have quickly read up on them & sound like they might be a good addition. I guess I could try the FXIA4's then decide if I need to add the RTIA3 or RTIA1's for the rears. I really like that you can try these for 30 days then return if not to your liking. I will watch for the FXIA4's to be on sale. In my current setup I am finding the surround rears are not really providing much sound to my system.
I should mention that I probably am about 75% music listening.
Is there much difference between RTIA3 & RTIA1. When I look at them they look very similar other that the price.
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Is there much difference between RTIA3 & RTIA1. When I look at them they look very similar other that the price.
The size of the drivers. You want to match the front L/R speakers driver size as best as possible. That will give you the best all-around sound.


Surrounds won't add much to stereo music. Even when you are playing stereo content on modes like DTS Neo X Music or PLII Music. You'll need 5.1 music to get a truly impressive sound. The surrounds are predominantly ambiance and movie tracks.

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The size of the drivers. You want to match the front L/R speakers driver size as best as possible. That will give you the best all-around sound.


Surrounds won't add much to stereo music. Even when you are playing stereo content on modes like DTS Neo X Music or PLII Music. You'll need 5.1 music to get a truly impressive sound. The surrounds are predominantly ambiance and movie tracks.
Thanks. I will listen to the music in PLII mode but I do understand that it isn't 5.1 but prefer that mode. I guess that is why I am wondering if I really need 7.1 when movies are only 25% of the time.
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