I feel somewhat sheepish coming onto these forums and asking such an elementary question! I'm completely new to the whole world of home theater. So far, my experience has been limited to small satellite speakers I received for my computer many moons ago.
I have a very limited budget, so for now I am looking at getting some floorstanders and a receiver. I have settled on the Polk Monitor 60s for the speakers since they are $99/each on NewEgg at the moment, and I don't see anything that is comparable for that price. I will be adding some Monitor 30s when money becomes available in the future.
Regarding the receiver, I am somewhat unsure...and hence my thread here!!
I am limited to a receiver under $300, embarassing I know! Nothing like the mammoth equipment I've been reading up on here!
Anyway, I have been looking at the Marantz 1402 slimline receiver ($330). It seems to be very well received, and the size factor is certainly something I appreciate since space is somewhat limited. My very naive question is this: will the 50W/channel receiver be sufficient to drive the 200W speakers? I dont need, nor do I desire intense volume. But what I would like is good sound/music fidelity. (If it matters, the room is roughly 12x14').
The other option is the Denon 1613 ($280) which is 75W per channel.
Since i have a very modest speaker setup, I clearly don't need all the bells and whistles. I just need 2 HDMI inputs for Cable and PS3 and preferably some form of microphone calibration.
Would either of these receivers be sufficient, or would I need to get something 100W+? Perhaps there are better suggestions out there?