Originally Posted by David Charles
How bad are we talking here? I would think it would be almost unnoticeable. I know that efficient speakers can be amped up what background Hiss by an external power amp but it shouldn’t be anything that’s noticeable when the movie is playing? I don’t ever use the center for music
I guess I didn’t realize that when I ordered it. I did look at the s/n of the 1502 And I assume the other one was the same. I guess that’s what I get.
I was able to cancel on Amazon though so I’m gonna make sure if I’m spending the money I’m gonna get the better one.
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We all have to use our own judgment and make our own decisions. But, if you were able to cancel your order for the external amps, I might take the opportunity to rethink what you are doing. Adding external amplification is not nearly as effective as having speakers which can natively play high volumes with normal amplification. And, sound quality, versus listening fatigue, is a function of more than just speaker sensitivity and having sufficient amplification, anyway.
In a music system, especially, I believe that the speakers are by far the most important, and the most fundamental building block--more so even than they would be in an HT system. They play the majority of the frequency range, while the subwoofers play only a small part of it. And, we are all probably more sensitive to sound quality when we are just listening to music, than we are when more of our senses are engaged while watching a movie.
I haven't personally experienced the PSA speakers, but I have read enough owner testimonials to believe that they would offer a substantial upgrade to your current Klipsch speakers. According to many Klipsch owners, those speakers can lose their composure and sound harsh at high volume levels, and as noted in the first paragraph, I'm not sure that more amplification will really cure that.
Remember also that doubling your amplification will only give you 3db more headroom. Tripling it will give you 4.5db more, from your starting point. I'm just not sure that this is the best solution. I saw you jump through a lot of hoops to get to the subwoofer system you wanted, but I think you believe it was worth it in the final result. I would advise you to do the same thing now with your speakers.
It would take some patience, and the speakers might be more expensive than the external amplifiers. But, I believe that the long-term result would be worth the trouble. The speakers really are the most important building block for music. And, if you buy external amplifiers now, and add the PSA speakers later, you will have wasted your money, because the PSA speakers won't require the external amplification. They will be very efficient, at high volumes, with normal amplification. And, they should have better sound quality at any volume level. I hope you don't mind me taking the liberty to advise you on this.