Originally Posted by |Tch0rT|
How exactly are you disappointed in the performance? How big is your room? An XPA-5 will just make them louder. If you have the room you should use the Scenarios as surrounds and the FX2's for back surrounds if you keep your NAD.
I used to use an old Marantz receiver that has the same wattage as your NAD and later added a Marantz MM9000 amp (slightly less power than a XPA-5) and it was only just a tad bit louder than the receiver. A tad bit more dynamic but everything else was the same really.
Originally Posted by mogrub
Sounds like a fun hunt you're working on, and you'll get some good ideas here. But before anyone can help a whole bunch, you might need to describe your room geometry, cubic feet, surfaces, and the length and gauge of the speaker wires you are running. Not knowing any of that won't stop us from "helping", but it sure will help. ✌️
Sorry for not responding earlier, my company is in the middle of a new software roll-out, making free time a premium.
This setup is in the upstairs of an open floor layout Ranch style house, meaning the layout SUCKS for acoustics. Though my seating area is only about 11' from the speakers, the over all room is 28' long and 23' wide. Behind the seating area is a dining room and open kitchen, a stairway to the basement is off to the right side. The walls jut in and out as it moves into the dining area. I can't even place my seating in the sweet spot because it would be in the main walkway to the Kitchen. It's horrible, but it is temporary. When I finish my basement I will have a much more controlled environment. For now however I must make do.
For wiring I am using 10' runs of 8 gauge AudioQuest (technically it is 4x16, I just twisted the leads together into pairs).
As far as my disappointment in the NAD goes, it goes into protection mode frequently. In my mind I haven't even gotten to reference level volumes yet and the amp will shut down. It also outputs nearly zero volume to my sub, no matter how I set it. My speakers are set to large, sub is on, x-over @80hz and though I hate using "bass boost", even with it on none of my subs produce much bass at all. The speaker barely moves, no noticeable bass comes out of them, yet they both perform 'normally' hooked to my Marantz with the same settings. The amp makes the ML's sound great, don't get me wrong, it just seems to run out of gas before I get to that "awed" feeling during a movie or soundtrack.
For the record, I have input distances for each of my speakers in the setup menu, but I have not hooked up the Audessy and run it. I could try that.
I appreciate the help all, thanks for the replies!