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I recently replaced my Denon HTIB receiver with A Sony STR-DG820. I thought that this was a big upgrade but now I find that Sony overstates the power ratings of their receivers and that loud BD movie passages make my 6 Ohm, 5.1 channel Denon HBIB speakers "clip" or make a loud popping sound. I knew I would be replacing the speakers at some point... I guess that time is now. Someone suggested that I look at the Klipsch HD 1000 Theater Series. The reasoning is as follows: I have a large theater area to fill with sound, the speakers will be used about 100% for HD broadcasts and BD movies (which Klipsch is known for), the speakers are efficient so my "underpowered" receiver s/b okay and at around $900, they are a pretty good price for Klipsch. Before I pull the trigger I have also heard good things about the Definitive Technology ProCinema 800 Series and the Paradigm Atom Monitor Series. The DT system is an older system that continues to get great reviews and the Paradigm system is quite a bit more expensive. What are your thoughts? I have also heard good things about Energy 5.1 systems. Is one of these Sat./Sub. systems the best in YOUR opinion. Maybe you know of one that I have yet to consider?? I live in the sticks so going to listen to these systems is not an option. Thanks for your help. I am a Non-tech Dad who just wants to watch sports and movies with my family. I really appreciate any help you may be able to provide.
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I changed the titlle a little to appeal to a broader base. Thanks!
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The Big key factor is speaker sensitivity ratings. Klipsch and Paradigm are probably your best bets as those two brands seem to offer the most efficient line of speakers around. Both are excellent brands but I find in my opinion the Paradigms more musical sounding with a more expansive sound stage so I am little more partial to them. When it comes to movies, the Klipsch seem to take the cake. Remember, for every 3db less the speaker is rated, it takes double the wattage for it to play at a given volume level. Ultimately, try to acquire speakers with sensitivity ratings at or above 90db. I know some people may like Sony receivers, but I personally would recommend if you can, is to return it and get something better like an Onkyo, Yamaha or another Denon. They have models that run at a similar price point and their power ratings are usually based on a full 20~20khz scale unlike Sony's that love to boast their so called big rating on a narrow 1KHZ input. Again, in my opinion, Sony receivers have a cold sound quality to me that seems harsh.
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I have been speaking with Jack @ SVS sound about a 5.1 system that uses the SCS speakers as mains and the SBS speakers as surrounds. They are rated with sensitivities of 87/85 respectively. It is too late to return the receiver, will my (as I find out now) wimpy Sony receiver http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015HPYDK have trouble keeping up with this speaker system?
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I am not familier with SVS audio. They seem to be popular with some audiophiles and getting good reviews, however you might be disappointed if you get that speaker brand and find out they won't play loud enough before distortion occurs based on your Sony receiver. The sensitivity ratings you mentioned are God awful low meaning that the SVS speakers will need some serious juice before they will sing. My theory based on the "welter weight" of the receiver of around only 12lbs!!, its real world power output with all channels running is probably going to be at 20 to 30 watts per channel. There is no way a little power supply in the receiver is going to muster any more power needed, let alone so claimed to run power hungry speakers such as those SVS's that you have mentioned. Stick with the Klipsch. Forget about the Paradigms I mentioned earlier. Klipsch has some very excellent sounding Quintets and RSX's minis at an attractive price that have sensitivity ratings above 91db! Just add a powered sub. I do not know if you want to keep everything small but if not, check out some floor standing speakers, again of course with decent sensitivity ratings. Believe it or not, floor standers are usually more efficient and put out a more full richer body sound that will fill up a medium to large room with less effort even with little amplification. This may be a great way to start a good system a step at a time. Personally, I think its worth it to go with floor standing in the front, just takes up a small footprint and a little easier to setup.
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