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ok, I'm new to the A/V thing, and I'm going with a Klipsch speaker setup

Speakers handle the following power

Center: 100W continuous / 400W peak
Book shelf rears: 85W continous / 340W peak
Towers: 150W continuous / 600W peak

So my question is, how much watt per channel should i be looking for in a receiver? anything i should be careful of?

Was looking at VSXLX101 because I can get one new in box for just over $300
 

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Speaker max wattage ratings are usually melting point ratings, not particularly useful for average use. How loud do you want? Use the speaker's sensitivity ratings as a more useful guide to amp power, maybe use an spl calculator.
 

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ok, I'm new to the A/V thing, and I'm going with a Klipsch speaker setup

Speakers handle the following power

Center: 100W continuous / 400W peak
Book shelf rears: 85W continous / 340W peak
Towers: 150W continuous / 600W peak

So my question is, how much watt per channel should i be looking for in a receiver? anything i should be careful of?

Was looking at VSXLX101 because I can get one new in box for just over $300


Those power values are the maximum you can apply without speaker damage; they are not very useful for choosing a receiver.

Which speaker models are you looking at?

Klipsch speakers mostly have pretty high sensitivity, so almost any receiver will drive them. Look for a speaker sensitivity of 88 db/watt or higher.

The Harman-Kardon AVR2700 receiver is my recommendation. IMO it is a better receiver, and the price is right.

It is rated for 100 watts output and has tons of features, and Amazon is selling it for only $228 (list price is $799, so this is a hot deal!).
 
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