I have recently upgraded my front speakers to the Cerwin Vega XLS-215. I am currently using a Pioneer VSX 1021-K to drive these. I have been researching and may need to upgrade the receiver and get an amp. I am looking at the Onkyo TX-NR809. Would there be a better (less expensive) receiver option if I am just going to run an external amp anyway?
1.) Will the Pioneer damage the speakers now? (Currently it sounds fine.) I like this receiver but it does not have any pre-outs for an amp. Amplifier Design Direct Energy Channels 7.1 Power Output Per Channel (20Hz-20kHz, .08%THD@8ohm) 90 Power Output Per Channel (1kHz@8ohm) 110 Power Output Per Channel (1kHz@6ohm) 130
2.) Can I run the Onkyo only for a while until I decide on the amp?
3.) Am I going to be able to tell a 'big' difference between the Pioneer and the Onkyo and these speakers now without any amp.
The Cerwin Vega XLS 215:
38 Hz - 20 kHz (-3 dB)
36 Hz - 20 kHz (-10 dB)
Power Capacity: 500 watts (Peak )
Sensitivity in SPL: 95.3 dB (@ 8 ohms @ 1 meter full)
Impedance: 6 ohms
Crossover Frequencies: 280 Hz / 2.4 kHz
How much of a difference depends on what amp you're considering. So... what amp are you considering?
I was looking at 2 different receivers now: the Denon 3313CI and the Onkyo TXNR818 and I was going to add either the QSC RMX-2450, the Rotel RA-06SE, or a Crown XTI-4002.
Is this too much amp? Will I even need it with those receiver choices?
I was also looking at Emotiva amps.
In my opinion, if you're going with that Denon or Onkyo, you probably won't need the external amp.
I do want the speakers to preform their best. When I said "Power-Hungry" I was thinking I should have a few watts of headroom so that I don't clip the speakers and so I should get a good preforming amp.
But it is your money, and whatever makes you happy!
i realize this is an older thread but the title is exactly what i'm asking so i figured may as well keep this thread going...
moved into a new house and now have a fully finished basement with a bar.
my current yamaha receiver and klipsch f10's aren't enough for the way i like to party!
was fine in my previous albeit smaller home.
so far i'm seriously considering a pair of xls-215's and the cv-1800 amp to power them.
the receiver is the part i'm scratching my head on.
an overloaded ht receiver is just not something i require because this setup will only be for playing music, so i'm considering this receiver.
any reasons why this is not a good choice?
or any thumbs up ??!! LOL
thank you in advance for the opinions folks ;-)
jason did you get the cv1800 for the xls215 ? if so did it make a diff with or without ? I also have the xls215 and was considering the cv1800 . right now im just using a yamaha HTR - 5990 amp that is 120w in stereo at 8 ohms. It sound fine but amp shuts off at -12 volume and id like more bass to it if possible. let me know .
i love these speakers i use a sc-07 and a cv-1800 to power them the receiver powers the tweeter and mid the cv-1800 powers the woofers had them bi wired with the sc-07 just not enough power for the speakers tried just powering with amp channel separation seemed a little off bi amped them unreal i love it loud but clean
by doing it this way i can get more bass less mid the sc-07 is rated at 140 at 8 ohms the cv-1800 is rated a 500 at 6 ohms when 0ne amp is driving you get to much mid i play cds flat with pioneers PQLS on
You do understand that the way you have your speakers wired does not split the power going to the tweeter and midrange and allow the large drivers to be powered by your CV1800. The only way to do that is to remove the crossovers in the speakers. All you've done is run a bunch of extra speaker wire.