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Onkyo TX-8050 with Def Tech SM350

post #1 of 3
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Hello all,

I'm looking for some quick advice here.

Is the Onkyo TX-8050 powerful enough to drive a pair of Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350's?

And what do you think about the combination in general? I already have the Onkyo. Just looking for good stereo sound - not into the whole surround sound thing. I'm also probably not going to get a subwoofer, as I'm not that fanatical about bass, and I hear that the TX-8050 doesn't handle a subwoofer well. So I'm looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers that have the best bass possible.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 3
Your Onkyo receiver will work just fine with the Def Tech SM350

What's your budget for speakers.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick response.

I could go up to $250 for a pair of bookshelf speakers if someone told me something convincing about the low frequency response (bearing in mind that I probably will not get a subwoofer). I was, e.g., disappointed that the SM450s - that people say have nice bass - on sale at newegg for 250 are sold out.

So i'm looking at the SM350s.

I've also been considering a number of Polk bookshelf speakers: monitor 35b, 45b, and 40.

Also I very nearly pulled the trigger on the Polk floor standing 55Ts, because i read that the bass was good on them, but then i started having doubts that they would be significantly better that the bookshelf models in the bass department, and they're pretty huge.

I have an apartment in NYC, the room I'm talking about is small - about 15x20. My main purpose is playing music - mostly jazz. So I need some fairly strong and defined bass.
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