Originally Posted by Dahlyn
I always thought any avr of the same "class" would make the speakers sound the same. I would think a $1000 plus avr would sound better than a $300 one but that's the avr quality making the difference in the sound not making the speakers sounding better. Is this right or stupid?
This is far from the truth. Most AVR's even at the same price point sound different. As far as $1000 AVR vs a $300 AVR usually the $1000.00 will generally sound better due to better amps , DAC's , Pre amp section. But sound quality is a personal thing and no one can claim one AVR "SOUNDS" better then another.
Synergy is what one would look into when selecting a AVR with a given speaker package. Some AVR's sound amazing with some speakers and not so amazing with others. Again this is also a personal opinion and I can't tell you other then how I feel what works well with what.
Now with that being said hearing as many different AVR's with different speaker packages , I have formed some very strong opinions on this matter.
Pioneer Elite and Definitive Technology , I think this is a excellent matchup.
Denon with Definitive Technology , I think this is a bad match up as the Denon doesn't show off the Def Tech's abilities in Dynamic range.
Yamaha with Klipsch , could go both ways as both are agressive and very dynamic. To some this is a match made in heaven , to others it's ear bleeding.
Denon and Klipsch , this brings many things into balance. The warmth of the Denon rounds out the Klipsch speakers , this is a very nice match for a double duty system.
Pioneer Elite and Klipsch , this is a scary combo is you like goose bumps but with a warm touch to it. The Pioneer has the warmth the Denon has but has alot of the Dynamic range you find in the big boy Yamaha models. Another excellent combo IMO.
B&K and Sonus Faber , high end 2 channel or Theater doesn't matter , this is a magical combo , unfortunately , B&K is no where to be seen anymore and no one knows for sure if they are making a comback or fully out of business. I hear both ways with no proof.
Rotel and B&W , this is another one of those combos that just works , they both play off their strengths and help each other with their very limited weakness which IMO they really don't have any.
Rotel and Dynaudio ,, magic simply magic , for anyone who would want a music first system that watches movies to , this is a serious combo consideration.
B&K and Dynaudio , same as above just a tad warmer and maybe slightly more well rounded. Again MIA on the B&K now.
Bryston and Magnepan , unbelievable realism and power. The Bryston pushes the Maggies to perfection. Want to hear them , this is the way.
Krell and B&W , double duty at it's finest probably in the world. Nothing better then these to together performing these duties. Pick what you like better and the other is just as good as anything on the market at these price points. Magic.
I could go on and on about combos I felt that worked like Yamaha and Mirage , these 2 make the magic together and really bring in the total package. Yamaha and Vienna Acoustics , another magical combo that can really impress for a double duty system.
Want more? Just ask me about your favorite brands and I'll tell you what I think works great with them.