Originally Posted by mastermaybe
^ + 1000
The "you need to replace your receiver with external amps" or a- wait for it- BIGGER receiver is so staid...and almost completely inappropriate, most times.
As you suggested, it seems that, STILL, far too many people don't understand two things:
1. Just what kind of output just 50 watts buys you in a typical room, with moderately efficient loudspeakers.
2. Just how LITTLE additional output will be realized by adding an external amplifier.
The FACT of the matter is that MOST people....even "AVS people" don't listen anywhere near levels that require hundreds of watts with 90+db sens speakers. And most mid to high level AVRs are up to the spl task- including peaks, for the VAST majority in most rooms.
I like the idea of investigating other loudspeaker/subwoofer options. Outside of a different room this is usually one of the surest ways to alter (and hopefully IMPROVE) the sound in a room.
Says the guy with how many amps?
I see more and more posts about the waste of money of adding amps to their system because the power is just "fine", 50/60/70W is more than enough.
It probably is for the average joe.....but I thought this forum was here for a purpose, to go beyond a HTIB, educate ourselves and have a HT setup that makes us proud..
The types of movies that are watched is a huge factor (ie:Good Will Hunting is not what I'm talking about) and I think if someone listens to their HT at levels beyond the norm, is interested in adding more power, then the comments should say try it and see if there is a beneficial difference instead of trying to tell him its a waste of money.
I will say this, watching scenes from Iron Man on my system with my 200W x 3 Parasound amp compared to just the receiver is like night and day......the dynamics, punch and obvious headroom were some of the benefits I noticed. But for some reason, not a lot of difference when my wife watched "When Harry Met Sally"