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post #21 of 30
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up to about $250 for now. I did find a Pioneer receiver on parts-express that looks pretty good.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=250-621

I have a coworker that can get whole sale prices from them so I think that's the route for now. Unless anyone has any objections?? I'm all ears

If this doesn't work out, I'm still keeping my eyes open for a good stereo receiver.
post #22 of 30
Pioneer makes awsome AVRs. My next one will be from them. That one looks like it should have verything you need. No 7.1, but 5.1 is much easier to get setup properly. I took my 2 rears out and just do 5.1 now. I actually like the way it sounds better in the room i'm in.
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post #23 of 30
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I've had friends with 7.1 and 5.1 and I prefer the latter.

Unfortunately I was re-reading the info on the receiver I was looking at and it has the lowest impedance listed as 6 ohms. My C404s are 4 ohms..

I may have to continue my search for something with higher amperage to drive these.
post #24 of 30
yeah, you'll need a decent receiver to drive speakers with low impedance...and they are not going to be that cheap unless you get a really good sale/closeout or refurbished or a good deal on craigslist or whatever. no entry level avr will be a suitable match for 4 ohm nominal speakers. $250 is a very low number for what you need.
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My original ETA was going to be 1 1/2 weeks, I'm thinking I might push that to 3 weeks and bump the budget to $600-$700
post #26 of 30
Cost to amp size is pretty close to linear. $250 won't buy you much of an amp these days. Just don't turn the volume up too much.
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You might want to look at Emotiva amps. Just make sure the receiver you get has preouts, that way you can hook the amp up to it. I've heard alot of good things about Emotive from a cost to performace aspect. I have never owned one, but they are probably very good entry level Hi Fi amps. You would have to spend a ton of money to get a receiver that was good with 4 ohm speakers, a seperate amp would be the way to go, unless you want to spend a couple grand on a pioneer elite series receiver with an ice amp in it.
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post #28 of 30
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I found this recertified Yamaha on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882115339

I have heard a couple Yamahas and they seemed to perform well.
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Yamahas are great. I have two (one is an rx-v667). you can use 4ohm speakers for fronts with that receiver.
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A few things for you to ponder:

Watts are basically meaningless, start trying to ignore them and you'll be far far ahead as you work passed the impression that they have meaning. As far as budget amplifiers go, worry more about whether they have the connections and an interface that will work for you.

Amplifier quality is more important than most people realize. It's not about how many watts, it's about how clean it is. Most of your listening will occur below 10W per channel even when listening loud so seriously, you want quality over quantity here. The vast majority of budget amps/receivers are only acceptably clean in the bottom 10% of their rated output power.

Almost any reasonably well made speaker will sound great to someone. There's nothing necessarily wrong with speakers that are a bit bright in a particular frequency range, it just depends on what you like. Ideally speaking, you try to find speakers that produce as flat as possible an output through the listening range, but don't let this idea get in the way of picking out speakers. Once you put speakers in a room, the room modifies the output curve anyways.

A speaker with 95db@1W efficiency will require 10X less energy to power as a speaker with 85db@1W efficiency for an equal listening level. More efficient speakers will allow you to use the bottom end of the available power on your amp. The bottom 10% or less is where the cleanest power is found on most amplifiers.

Consider building your own speakers if you have some tools and a willingness to learn a new skill. It can be a very rewarding project.

Look for used B&W speakers, 600 series are sometimes priced reasonably in the used/consignment markets. They are fantastic speakers.
     
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