Originally Posted by rnrgagne
Well that's a bit condescending isn't it...
Wasn't intended to be at all. I was simply replying to your post that suggested that the weaker power supply isn't an issue, because we don't need that much power. All I said was YOU may not need that much power, or the benefits that come along with a beefier power supply, but others may. It comes down to the efficiency of your speakers, the size of your room, your listening habits, and if (and how many) channels you choose to amplify externally. You're trying to tell us we don't need it anyway, but you can really only speak to your needs.
For what it's worth, right now I am running an AVP A1HD pre amp and I run a PS Audio GCA MC which puts out 500wch into 8ohms and 1000w/ch into 4ohms for my mains ...
Which begs the question: why? The 4311 is rated at 780 watts input
. Factor in typical class A/B amp efficiency of 70%, and a little bit of power draw for the DSPs and other components, and you're looking at less than 60wpc, all channels driven. If there's no benefit to more than that, why did you spring for so much more power?
Weight simply isn't a guarantee of quality, an neither is lack thereof automatically a detractor. There's far too many variables in play.
I agree weight isn't a guarantee, but given the conventional technology used in these units, the amount of copper and iron and heat sinks needed does require some amount of heft for a certain amount of power. If you were to compare products, I bet a correlation would be found between weight, and units that had good power reserves. No, it's not a guarantee, but it can
be an indicator.
And again, I'm not suggesting this is a major issue with the 4311. I'm simply saying that there are
benefits to beefier power supplies.