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So im thinking of purchasing bowers and wilkins 685 book shelf speaker. This is my first setup and i dont know what receiver to purchase. im looking at either the yamaha a720, denon 2113, or pioneer vsx 60. or is their a receiver around the 650 price range that is better. im going to be listening to a lot of music but i want a receiver that sounds great in bluray as well. Which receiver will be the most versatile for all around sound in music and bluray movies. Also i dont really like bright sounding speakers and feel like the 685 sound pretty natural but dont know what receiver will give me the best sound quality while listening to music?
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2.0/2.1 or surround? If only Stereo, I'm still a believer in stereo receivers. Harmon/Kardon make a fine one.
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eventually i think im going to upgrade to 5.1 but for now i think just a 2.1 system or i was thinking getting the bw 684 so i dont need a subwoofer because this setup is for my room which is 18x14 sq feet
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Any of those receivers will fit the bill. They're all networking capable receivers with HDMI for blu-ray. The main difference is the calibration software. I would be inclined to go with the 2113 simply because it has Audyssey MultEQ XT. Also, you could save some money by purchasing one of last year's models.

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I started out looking at the Denon AVR 1713 and finished by purchasing the Marantz, SR5007 and haven't looked back.

My above is the simple story as it's up to you to make my above as complicated as you want. My recommendation is to buy what ever makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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eventually i think im going to upgrade to 5.1 but for now i think just a 2.1 system or i was thinking getting the bw 684 so i dont need a subwoofer because this setup is for my room which is 18x14 sq feet

From the spec page, the 685 goes down to 49hz while the 684 only goes down another 4hz to 45hz, so you would likely be better served with the 684s and a dedicated subwoofer.
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can anyone explains the hz to me? also the 684 to me when i heard it didnt need an extra subwoofer because im going to put it in my bedroom which i believe would be way to much. if there is any other suggestions on speakers that i would like please do tell
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The lower the hz, the more profound is the bass. Review post #1 in the AMP FAQ sticky thread for more info.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/968859/avr-faq/0_100
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Is there any reason why in the AVR FAQ hertz is abbreviated as hz not Hz, the convention for SI unit symbol?

That aside,

Frequency range -6dB at 34Hz and 50kHz
Frequency response 44Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference

Put simply, the lowest 12 notes (or thereabout, out of 88 total) of the piano sound reproduced from the speakers fall off in volume and sound quieter than the rest, the lower the quieter. Depending on what type of music and what volume you listen at this may be sufficient without a sub.

You don't need a receiver to decode movie sound formats as modern BDPs all do that.

For a 2CH system you only 'need' a receiver if you need other features only found in a receiver and not in an integrated amp.

Audiosceptics accept audio trials using 25 people. A recent Oxford study with over 353,000 patient records from 639 separate clinical trials shows for every 1,000 people taking diclofenac or ibuprofen there would be 3 additional heart attacks, 4 more cases of heart failure and 1 death every year.

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