Originally Posted by blacklion
Have you tried tweaking the settings on the receiver? There are many useful suggestions on this thread but you'll have to go over it patiently to extract the gold nuggets
I have learned the hard and expensive way
to my chagrin and at my nickel, that Pioneer receiver power ratings are waaaaaaay over-stated. If you go through this thread and a couple of others on this forum, there are peeps who say the 110w ratings for the 1019 is actually only for 2 channels driven. At 5/7 channels driven, it comes down to an average of about 28w. Keep in mind that for watching movies in surround, not all channels are driven simultaneously.
From what I can glean here and over at AVForums (UK sister of this forum) it appears the only CE manufacturers who offer honest power ratings on their amps (i.e. on all 5/6/7 channels driven) are Cambridge Audio, NAD and Harman Kardon.
Thank you for the reply.
I've read about nearly all power rankings being overstated, but even still the Pio1019 has 840 watts total output (supposedly).
The Magnolia receivers were all around the same wattage (some even lower), this is what made me believe this receiver was a good fit for these speakers.
I know from experience with car stereo systems that you rarely ever
use the full max wattage of the speakers, and I do not believe you should.. it is just an indication of the speaker's max limit, and RMS rating is quite a bit lower.
This is my first "built" surround system, as all others have been HTIB, so I'm still learning how to set this receiver up.
...I just wanted to know if anyone was using similar speakers with this receiver and the results they were getting.
The nearest electronics store for me is a Best Buy over an hour away, which is why I need to make SURE an exchange is warranted.
A little info on my den and home theater setup:
The room is 15' X 20
HDTV: Panasonic Viera 65" Plasma.
A/V: Pioneer 1019.
Speakers: Definitive Technology 1000 Series surround and center, 800 Series subwoofer.
I believe from what I've learned after the fact that I may need to upgrade to the 2000 series Center, as the 1000 Center has a smaller woofer (4.5") versus the 5.25" in the surrounds.
Again, I am new to system building, so I don't know how much of a difference this would make... and if it is worth the $100 mark-up.
I was originally going to purchase the 800 series surrounds, but due to an inventory issue, BB let me upgrade to the 1000's at a discount. (The 800's are what I actually listened to).
The dimensions of the room make setup difficult, the seating area is along the long back wall, T.V. apprx 10' feet away from the listening position.
We have a couch and a loveseat, the loveseat is where my wife and I watch T.V., and it is positioned to the side of the couch at an angle.
There is a wood burning heater on the side wall (beside the loveseat) that severely limits my speaker placement options.
This means that my two right speakers are very close to the seating position, while the lefts are far away.
The other side wall (where the left speakers are) is a partial wall with a small cutout under the stairwell where we have a microwave and table.
This makes room re-arranging near impossible.
So, I know from the beginning I may never have the 'wrap around, true surround' effect, but by adjusting speaker gains I do get a descent sound.
Like I said, I have not been able to do much tweaking, and when I do, it seems I am going in circles....
I.E. over-tweaking, resetting the receiver, rerunning MCAAC, etc.
When I wake up today (I work nights), I'm gonna try some things I've learned in this forum.
Any suggestions anyone may have, please feel free to let me know.
I suppose what I hope to find in this forum is some good, sound advice (pun intended).
I do feel this can be an excellent receiver, and I hope it has the power to do what I hoped it could.
Now if I could just learn how to unlock it's true potential.