Originally Posted by darenwh
So I am running the above speakers on a Sony STR-DH510 Receiver. For rear speakers I will be using a set of Acoustic Research SRT 220's until I can get something better. Is this receiver strong enough to push these speakers or should I look at upgrading the receiver as well? Front speakers: Phase Tech V12's, Center V6, Sub V1000, Rears AR SRT 220's. Any input would be appreciated.
Last year I sold my 5.1 setup of Phase Tech Speakers. I bought them brand new about 18 years ago and they were always wonderful. About 6-8 years ago I blew a speaker. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a brand new speaker replacement for my tower at no charge. 4 screws...unclick the wires...click new wires on...4 screws...brand new again.
As far as your Sony receiver goes...100 WPC in my opinion is a little on the low side, but should be fine. With my Phase Tech's I upgraded my receiver numerous times. I started with about a Denon 80WPC...To an Onkyo 100WPC...to a Harmon Kardon 110WPC. Every time I go up in receiver quality and power, the sound gets better and better.
My most current system was a B&K AVR-507 Receiver with 150WPC. Very good receiver, but no HDMI or the most current decoding that requires HDMI. I never used my Phase Techs with the B&K Receiver though.
In my opinion, when it comes to receivers I look for a few things.
Techology included in receiver (and what can I live without)
The most important thing is do you like how your system sounds? If so, don't worry about whether or not you should upgrade.
Last free advice: I've always had name brand electronics in my system...usually something you would recognize from a local retailer. A few years ago I tried a BIC PL-200 subwoofer...and OH MY! For under $300 shipped to your house, this thing blows away the two much more expensive subs I've tried in the past. Search AVS for the forums that talk about it.