Originally Posted by PM-Performance
I have never heard a speaker that didn't sound better when driven to its capabilities than under powered.
This amazes me that people would debate putting more power to bigger towers if they chose to. Yes they sound pretty good with stock avr power, but dedicated amp power should be a pretty decent dofference
Ever run a nice set of components off a head unit in a car? Yea they sound better than stock, but when you amp them, they really come alive
I'm not singling you out, PM. Just gonna add MY experience to your statement.
Back in the day, I wanted to get into Home Theater. I bought a REAL AVR, a Technics (laff away!). The EQ started to go. Then this started to malfunction. Long story short, I sold it for $5.
Then I went to separates. All Carver. Small amp, 60W/Ch. By this time, I had my Chorus II's. With them being under-powered and me wanting it to play louder (beer and Pantera don't mix), I blew the crossover in one of the speakers. Got rid of the Carver amp and went to ATI. Now I run an OPPO 105 directly to my ATI. Couldn't be happier.
Now, I can upgrade a certain PIECE of my system without having to worry about upgrading the whole "AVR in a box."
As always, YMMV.