Originally Posted by musicmanmain
I have a 5.1 set-up, using PSB's Image Series (T5 Tower, C5 Center, B5 rears). I'm using a paradigm powered sub.
My receiver is a Marantz SR5006. It feels like I'm not getting enough separation in the sound effects.
Take Iron Man 2 on Blu-Ray when he jumps out of the airplane. I would expect to hear the 'pops' of those fireworks much better than I do.
I've been thinking I may need a better receiver and wondering about the NAD T 757 or the Outlaw 975 with matching 125 amp.
I believe the Marantz is 100W vs 125W...do I need more power, is it worth the $1500 or do I need to pop up a bit further in the receiver/amp food chain.
Ideas and suggestions welcomed.
I don't see how "separation in the sound effects" has anything to do with power of the AVR? Rather it depends on the surround sound CODEC that almost all current AVRs can do with ease; the sr5006 should have no problem.
I wonder if you actually set up the receiver using its respectable Audyssey MultEQ XT capability?
And if you think power is the issue, you can always try an external power amp to drive the front speakers, utilizing that 2.2 pre-outs feature of the sr5006. Rather than upgrading the receiver, I'd get an outboard amp, and while you are at it, get 2x, 3x more than the "standard" 100W/8 ohm channel to make it worthwhile
Hope this helps.