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Hey guys,


I was reading about the Denon AVR-4311CI as I probably need to upgrade my whole system
(currently have crap speakers and no amp - just a mid range yamaha AVR).


I am getting B&W 802D for the front L/R channels and will put CVM 7.5 as Rear and CWM 7.3 as center. Center and rears will be built into the ceiling and wall.


My wife likes the looks of B&W 802D and typically hates what she calls bird houses (all other speakers)



The concern is the sensitivity and impedance of the setup. The recommended wattage would be more than a good AVR can drive and thus I would need to get a good amp or two.


I heard that the BW 802D alone really shine at 300+ watts. So i was thinking of an Emotiva XPA-2 for powering the front 802Ds. For the surrounds and center, I can either go with an XPA-3 or use an AVR (cheaper option).


Is there a good AVR that would have the power and overhead for pushing the center and surround speakers? The CWM 7.3 specs show Impedance Nominal (min) 4Ω (3Ω)


Alternatively, would you suggest a processor would be far better pair with the Emotiva XPA-2/3 amps? Why?
 

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Hey guys,


I was reading about the Denon AVR-4311CI as I probably need to upgrade my whole system
(currently have crap speakers and no amp - just a mid range yamaha AVR).


I am getting B&W 802D for the front L/R channels and will put CVM 7.5 as Rear and CWM 7.3 as center. Center and rears will be built into the ceiling and wall.


My wife likes the looks of B&W 802D and typically hates what she calls bird houses (all other speakers)



The concern is the sensitivity and impedance of the setup. The recommended wattage would be more than a good AVR can drive and thus I would need to get a good amp or two.


I heard that the BW 802D alone really shine at 300+ watts. So i was thinking of an Emotiva XPA-2 for powering the front 802Ds. For the surrounds and center, I can either go with an XPA-3 or use an AVR (cheaper option).


Is there a good AVR that would have the power and overhead for pushing the center and surround speakers? The CWM 7.3 specs show Impedance Nominal (min) 4Ω (3Ω)


Alternatively, would you suggest a processor would be far better pair with the Emotiva XPA-2/3 amps? Why?
An AVR with pre-outs will also work as a processor. So you could buy an AVR with the pre-outs and try it and add an amp/amps as needed.
 

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Those in-walls are actually tougher to power for a AVR really. I'd probably recommend you buying a good 5 ch power amp to drive all five.


ALso, no way to get the diamond center to work instead of the in-wall?
 

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Wife won't allow the diamond center. I heard klipsch has some great reference in wall surrounds and centers. Not sure how they would sound with the bw fronts or how the costs compare.


The denon avr-4311ci Supposedly has 150 wpc and I was hoping I could drive the surrounds and center with that and the fronts with a xpa-2
 
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