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The LS50 aren't very high sensitivity...85dB, however, you might be suprised how loud they can be driven with a good, but not high end AV rec/Amp. I had a Marantz slimeline, advertised at 50 watts/channel, and my EmPtek speaker (87dB sensitive) got as loud as I care to play them without pushing them too far.
However, if you like it loud, you might want to go for a higher sensitive speaker and perhaps buy an AV rec with preouts to future-proof for adding more amplification down the road. (Emotiva T1 on sale for 500/pr
, gets you into 88 dB range. the Chane 2.4 would put you at 90 dB, although I am not sure they are available right now).
Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and EMPtek10i10i sub, Denon 1910 AV receiver
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only, Yamaha RXV-363 AV receiver