Originally Posted by pase22
For me the living room is both HT and music area. I could set up for 2 channel in the bedroom, but I'm not sure i like the idea of locking myself in the bedroom every time I feel like listening to music. Besides, I like listening to music while I'm on the computer as I'm doing right now.
I could get an Emotiva A300 for a reasonable price, but not convinced it would be any better than my Denon. Word on the street is that they inflate their specs like a lot of AVR companies do.
The A300 is ok but not worth it coming from your 3400H IMO . It would make a small difference during high action sequences when all 5 channels driven but thats about it(3400H pushes 97.6 @ 0.1% 8 ohms with 5 channels driven which is plenty for Q100's). Also the Q100 aren't that hard to drive so it would most likely be overkill. Your LS50's on the other hand is a different story lol.
*FYI i was surprisingly shocked at how well the NAD c326bee drives the LS50's in the demo room.
The problem with consumer feedback when it comes to amplifiers is that they don't even know what/why they're purchasing or how to assess the performance(and how to read specs properly). Most people judge their system by how "loud" it gets
. They often think that louder = better. Many years ago I used to be one of them.
The most over-used (drives me crazy) is the simple argument I constantly see here is "speaker efficient / Wattage" (86db = 1w, 89db = 2w etc etc) while this is a start it's only scratching the surface of what an amplifier needs your speakers may have.
People rarely talk about capacitors, power supplies, resistance (2, 4, 6, 8 ohms etc) or dynamic performance. We all know that BASS is the most difficult/demanding frequency we can demand from our amps/receivers/speakers yet it's constantly ignored. Ultimately this all comes down to how efficient the speaker you're trying to push needs.
example MOST people would choose amplifier A over amplifier B
Rated 140w of maximum power!!!(BIG 140w sticker on the box)
140w Maximum Power(8 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
100w 0.9% THD 20hz-20khz @ 8 ohms
High Dynamic Power/Channel (8/4/2 ohms) 125 W / 165 W / 180 W
power supply 175w
Rated 80w (no stickers on the box)
80w 0.009% THD @ 20hz-20khz 8 ohms
Dynamic power: 8ohms = 145w | 4 ohms = 220w | 2 ohms = 290w
power supply 350w
But we all know that Amplifier B absolutely spanks! Amplifier A
I still consider myself a noob when it comes to understanding every aspect of an amplifier and i'm constantly trying to learn more on the topic.
*FYI pase22 I'm not saying that's how you rate your amps/equipment i'm just having a conversation and pointing out how most people review/evaluate amplifiers and AVR's.