Originally Posted by tirefoamcan
What amp do you guys use to drive your Polks? I'm using my Denon 1312 right now. It works, but I think I could do better.
I'm looking around at different 2-ch amps for my stereo setup, mostly older amps. The Hafler DH-220, Onkyo M-282, Parasound 1200, Adcom GFA-555, etc.
Parasound would be my suggestion. Look around at audiogon.com and usaudiomart.com for good prices on used gear. Ebay you can find stuff but I am always a bit leery from buying there myself. Also any forums you are a member on look at their for sale stuff, best way to get good gear at low prices from respectable sellers.
Originally Posted by XStanleyX
Don't expect any of them to sound better than your receiver.
I disagree here. Power from a 2 channel amp v a reciever there will be differences. I moved from a very respectable Integra DRT 5.9 amp section (driving Monitor 60's, CS2 and Monitor 40's) to a Carver AV-705x and there were some pretty nice differences in sound quality. Mostly when I really really
cranked it. Also figure if you get better speakers (like the RTi series) those tend to do MUCH better with a power amp than a reciever.
So it does matter what speakers you have now, but a dedicated amp lets you upgrade speakers later on and really be able to enjoy them as they should sound.
Originally Posted by chi_guy50
I'm not too confident about the pairing of surrounds with fronts in terms of relative compatibility although I understand it's important to match tweeters, right?
you have speakers from the same line and manufacture for surrounds, but in practice it doesnt matter much. I ran Monitor 60's, CS2 + Monitor 40's for a bit and then moved to use Infinity Primus P162's for my surrounds and actually liked the Infinities better than the Monitor 40's.
The only real no-no is having horn tweeters on some speakers and cone tweeters on others. Otherwise mix and match your surrounds. Fronts must match thought.