Originally Posted by Zen Traveler
I suggest anyone who is considering an amp, level match it to the AVR at the volume you want to listen and see if you can tell a difference...Fwiw, I asked a couple of years ago how many people who had amps had done this and got no positive replies which surprised me. If your speakers aren't clipping, that really is the only way to tell if you need one.
I finally experienced my RF-7II's clipping last weekend when I demoed for a fellow AVSer...
My AVR is the Pio Elite SC-57
Fronts set to Large
Playing the street crossfire scene from Cloverfield
Watched the same scene, but crossed the mains over at 80hz and no more clipping. I need to man up and get an omnimic already to post measurements. However, we were confident that we were well above reference volumes in my humble 1,500ft^3 space.
I'm going to give external amplification a shot just for the hell of it. If I can get an extra 3db of headroom, I'll be satisfied.
Question for you guys. When the CD reaches it's limit, does it give any kind of warning, or is it just going to blow?