Hello all - X4300H owner here, facing a not entirely original conundrum, and am looking for advice.
In short, I'm currently running a 5.1.4 setup, 4 in-ceilings, and 5 floor speakers. I have a fairly large, dedicated listening/theater room, which measures 20x26x8 (more like 7'10" though). I plan to add the 2 rear channels soon to make this a 7.1.4 setup, so obviously, I need an external amp.
What I'm trying to decide is whether or not to just buy an inexpensive 2-channel amp for the rears (AudioSource amp100VS seems to be a frequently recommended option), or do I instead take some load off of the receiver and get a beefier amp to power the front 2, maybe 3, or even the main 5?
I have a mix of speakers, and do intend to replace the sides, so multi-channel music is voice-matched. Currenly, they are:
- Paradigm 95F
- Paradigm 55C
- Infinity Interlude IL30
The rear two I'm adding soon will be Infinity Interlude il10s. I know, quite a gap between the Paradigms and the Infinity's, but it's what I have. Down the road I'll be getting some Paradigm 15b's for the 5.1 rears, and will then move the IL30s to the back for the 7.1 rears. Anyway...
The Paradigm Prestige line is pretty efficient, the 95F and 55c being rated at 94/91dB Room/Anechoic. However, they are demanding in other ways, as Stereophile revealed:
"The 95F's impedance is specified as being "compatible with 8 ohms." You can see from the solid trace in fig.1 that the impedance magnitude drops below 4 ohms only in the lower midrange and high treble, with a minimum audioband value of 3.5 ohms at 160Hz. Though the impedance drops to 2.4 ohms at 50kHz."
Note: I do listen to a lot of multi-channel SACDs and Blu Rays, and in stereo music mode, I have the Sub turned off, if any of that matters.
Basically, I'm trying to decide between:
1. A cheap stereo amp for the 2 rear channels, or
2. Something like an Outlaw 5000 for the main 5, or
3. Perhaps 2 or 3 Outlaw 2200 monoblocks for the LCR.