I just purchased Dynaudio's Focus line of speakers, a pair of 160 and a center 210 C rated at:
I hooked them up to a Sony STR-DN1040 receiver which is rated for 6-16 ohms. I choose this based on several review site high recommendation and the idea that speakers are more important then the comments they are hooked up to...
Now, Ive read that people do hook up 4 ohm speakers to 6 or even 8 ohm receivers, but am I not maximizing the potential of these speakers with this receiver by doing so? Should I go for a more expensive receiver? I do like the features of the receiver I currently have (integrated airplay and DLNA support being the most important). Ive also been looking at Denon's X3000.
The sales guy who sold me the speakers wanted me to go with a dedicated amp and DAC, but I also want to eventually add surround left and right speakers which I think makes things complicated for a audio purist route.
Im actually very happy with the sound Im getting right now but, past a certain point in volume though things get a little less perfect. I would definitely enjoy more clear power but dont know how often I would or even could use it (neighbors).
Any advice is greatly appreciated....
The speakers are rated at 4 ohms and over 200 watts. Its not necessary to get closer to that rating? It wont damage the speakers to feed them with less power?
Ive been reading that a lot of people are very critical of Sony's receivers. Would another manufacturer be better in terms of audio performs?
Less power can be dangerous to to your amp clipping causing distortion. Also the Sony is not certified for 4ohm speakers and might overheat and shut down or worse if the protection doesn't kick in, or it might handle 4 ohms just fine.
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How to accomplish that??? Would a receiver with more watts be enough? The Denon x3000 has similar features to the DN1040 but with additional wattage. Or would I have have to get a dedicated amp to really accomplish this?
Yeah I was think that would be the best way to go. Will a receiver be able to accommodate the 3 front channels on an external amp and the the surround and rear channels operating on the receiver built-in amp?
Do they make 3 channel amps?
I used to use a sony receiver in the same line as yours with my excite setup but it was always running hot so I bought the integra. There was a noticeable step up from the Sony with the integra. I'd suggest an onkyo 800 series or marantz 6000 series personally.
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