I was looking to replace my old Sony STR2000ES because it gave up with Dolby signals,
I went to Magnolia in Best buy yesterday and they had the 1403 on sale for $349, and the 1603 for $419. I should have probably gone for the 1603, but even with the small difference, I don’t need the network connection, the analog to digital conversion or the USB input, so I would have just wasted 70 dollars. So I bought the 1403 instead.
I liked these because of the size. It fits perfectly where my old receiver was, and anything else that I had my eye on would have had to be positioned somewhere else, and would have looked bad.
So, I got home, connected everything, ran the setup, calibrated the speakers with the audyssey, and I love the way they sound, what a difference from my 11 year old unit (it was obvious, but I was still surprised how much of a difference). And I love the way t looks.
The salesman in BestBuy advised me not to get this AVR since my speakers are big (I have Infinity Kappas for the front and center, 6 ohms, 89db). I said I will try them and see what happens. I honestly don’t think there is a problem. But what do you guys think?
I watched movies and TV last night, and first when it was not too late, the normal listening volume was at about 70-75, I tried something loud and 87-92 was pretty loud for intense movie watching. When it got late, and it was all quiet, I could listen very well at 62-65. My question is: Is this normal or am I pushing it too much? Is this just because the receiver is not as powerful, and those are perfectly normal volume levels? And more importantly, can my speakers handle it ok at those levels without any problems?
From what I tested yesterday, I‘d say I will be using between 65 and 75, most of the time.
Please advise me. I have 14 days to return it, and also somebody is selling me a used Marantz 5005 for $300, so I wonder if I should just get that one. What do you think?