Originally Posted by Hayzur
Obviously new to the forum (1 post!). I currently have a Yamaha RX-V1700, Paradigm Mini Monitors v5, and Definitive Technology PF15TL+ Subwoofer. I want to add a power amp to my system. I have been looking at the Emotiva UPA-200, XPA-200, XPA-2, XPA-3, and XPA-5. I plan on adding Monitor 9's and a Center 1 or 3... My understanding and lack of knowledge on audiophile has quickly hit a wall. I use my system for music, movies, and games.
So my questions: What amp pairs best with the Mini Monitors? I was looking at the XPA-2 because it would be better to power Monitor 9's(thinking ahead)? And the XPA-3 for the Mini's and Center. Or would the UPA-200, XPA-200 be enough for Mini's or the Monitor 9's.
I hope that makes sense... Need an amp to power Mini Monitors but will be enough to switch on Monitor 9's.
Also, open to amplifier suggestions as well as tower speakers comparable to Paradigm's Monitor 9's! A well taken care of used maybe?
The issue is overall power capability. The Yamaha claim to be able to provide 130 watts per channel from that receiver is a bad joke that should not be taken seriously. There is a huge difference between driving a resistor on a test bench and actually driving the complex electrical load of a loudspeaker system without significant distortion.
Most HT receivers, including yours, do not have enough total power available from the power supply to run all the channels at once when the speakers need peak current. With all channels driven, I will bet that your receiver can't provide much more than 40 watts per channel without the speakers distorting audibly.
Just adding a power amplifier for the front speakers shifts that load away from the receiver, and then it should run the remaining channels reasonably well.
I suggest the Marantz MM7025 amplifier to power your front channels; that should be all you need. IMO it sounds better than the Emotiva amps and has enough power for almost any speakers.
At only $599 each the Paradigm Monitor 9 is a good value. The Monitor Audio Silver Series 6 is IMO definitely a better speaker, however, at $750 each. PSB also has excellent speakers in that price range.