Originally Posted by hooleyboy
The thing that doesn't sit well with me is running them well below what they can do.
Because of the nonlinear response of the human ear, running them at half power is not the same as running them well below what they can do. This seems counter intuitive, but it is true. If your AVR is like most it has a display of relative dB. Set the volume control for a good loud level, and then knock it down 3 dB. You will probably hear a difference but it won't knock your socks off.
The other question is how do you know that you can't just increase the gain of your system and it won't be both louder and remain clean? What is your current maximum volume control setting? What makes you think that you that have run out of power?
The other problem is getting an AVR that is full of things I dont need, like Airplay, Pandora, HDMI, since I only play music through them.
You don't have to use things like HDMI is you don't want to. For example, my system is 2.1 and I drive my AVR from the digital output of the TV and do all the input switching with the TV to keep this system simple for my wife.
Lots of AVRs don't have many features like Pandora. Mine doesn't.
There is so much economy of scale in mainstream AVRs that a 5.1 AVR can cost less than a 2 channel receiver with less power etc.
All I know is you can damage speakers buy using an under powered AVR. I dont want to do that, thats for sure.
Your typical AVR has 100 wpc which is more power than your 2 channel receiver.
With that said should I just step up to a 5.1 or greater channel AVR?
You could do worse.
and +1 to what JD sez