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hey guys im getting a pretty decent 5.1 system soon and im deciding on a receiver to power my speakers. My main question is can I save money and stick with a 5.1 receiver or are the only good receivers 7.1? this question sounds retarded but let me explain.... im getting this system...

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...55e27f727ben02

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http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...260df6c08een02


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http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...d50b372911en02

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http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...8d782a5ca8en02



would a receiver such as

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...f67d970232en02


suffice or would i need a higher end model of either yamaha, or im also considering Denon. My thought is yamaha for the energys and denon for the polks since i've heard yamahas are brighter and denons are smoother. Thanks for the help guys!
 

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5.1 models are usually the cheapest in a line, and will have the fewest features and the smallest power supplies (meaning less power.)


I don't believe in that whole Yamaha being bright thing. Sounds like an urban legend to me. Heard it for many years, and never experienced any proof.


I like something like the Yamaha RX-V667. Or if you don't need the ability to send 3D from a Blu-ray player through your receiver, something like the older discounted RX-V765 (if you can find one.)
 

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I would agree with Michael... Having owned alot of yamahas myself as well.. A friend had a small system built around the old 663 and liked it.. And the 667 is the newer model looks to have a halfway decent power supply for the $$$ and of course cool features. I have always felt the yammies always sounded more invving and real than 90 percent of the receivers out there including their dsp modes.. Some may call it "bright" etc .. I call it musical and involving .. Sounds more like live music... Always felt the denon is good but duller.. Just my 2 cents.. Hope this helps ...
 

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Almost any receiver can achieve what I would call loud volume. More power gets you more clean SPL. Up to a point.


Takes double the power for each 3 dB gain in SPL, so you run into the law of diminishing returns. Your budget receivers, like models with MSRPs of less than $600, are most likely to have pretty small power transformers in them. When you are looking at a receiver which only weighs 17 pounds, you can't ask too much from it.
 
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