^ ^ Sincere apologies
and the thread. I trust it's OK to repost with the "colourful" expression removed.
Originally Posted by lee2505nz
Seems really complicated. I am a newbie really and got a pro to set this all up.
Well, it couldn't be too complicated if I could work it out!
From the details in your previous thread, I can tell you that at a calibrated -9dBMV (your preferred for music) at a 10ft listening distance, you will be calling on the Pioneer's amps to generate about 40W bursts
on peaks and about 6W continuous
for the each of the 683's. Go crazy and bump the volume up to -5dBMV? You're looking at about 100W bursts and about 16W continuous per channel. Movies at -15dBMV? About 10W bursts for peaks and about 0.3WPC continuous per channel. This is clearly well within the capabilities of your Pioneer.
Mainly people say the 90watts per channel is not near enough to get the best out of my hungry speakers.
Lee, many people don't actually know what they're talking about. Did any of them even ask you how loud you like to listen? This is why you need to arm yourself with a bit of technical knowledge... to call them on their meaningless subjective opinions. They are under the mistaken impression that rated output capability somehow makes a difference to a speakers behaviour or "gets the best out of" them. For some reason they also think that a near base model AVR couldn't possibly go well with a nice set of speakers, and therefore think relatively expensive speakers must be "paired" with suitably pricy electronics. It's just nonsense... the speakers have no way of "knowing" what is providing the voltage and current.
Here's the thing... at a given master volume level, the AVR's amps will swing the required voltage to accurately track the input signal and supply the requisite current drawn by the load (speaker). As long is it can achieve that at your absolute maximum volume level, your AVR has sufficient power. Whether the AVR is rated to generate 100W continuous or 200W continuous makes absolutely no difference, if 16W continuous is all that's called for, that's all that will be generated.
What would be a good amp that would easily run these speakers?
has already indicated, the one you have is perfectly fine, unless your listening habits have changed for the louder. But
, if it'll get your mates and the monkey off your back (and assuming you don't need all the latest connectivity or features), I suggest you look for a (recently) superseded Denon, Marantz or Onkyo that packs Audyssey MultEQ XT32. This is arguably the best auto set-up and "room EQ" routine currently available in consumer grade AVR (IMO), and has the potential to make a tangible improvement to your system's sound.
The handy by-product of an XT32 enabled AVR is that they usually have at least 125WPC of rated power (2 channels driven; 8Ω) on tap, so theoretically it will be capable of playing marginally louder. (The difference between 90W and 125W is 1.4dB.) But at least it'll stop people telling you don't have enough power for the B&W's.
Some AVR options to consider are: Denon AVR-X4000, Marantz SR7008 and Onkyo TX-NR1010.
Yeah, I left him hanging there didn't I? Sorry about that Lee.