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Hello guys!

I just picked up BNIB Bose Acoustimass 10 Series IV for $550 CDN.

Looking to drive these speakers, right now I have 4 choices:

1. Pioneer VSX-821
2. Denon AVR-591
3. Yamaha HTR5063
4. Yamaha HTR3063

Nothing fancy, all I'll be doing is PS3, XBOX, HTPC to a 52inch Sammy. Not a lot of music, I've got headphones for that.

Moving into a condo, room is about 17x13 (or about 3m x 2m), don't need earthshattering bass. Just want a receiver adequate enough to drive these speakers.

Need help, please help!!

Cheers guys.
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Hi. Sounds like you are trying to find a receiver around the 300 dollar range. Truth be told, the differences between entry level (200-300 dollar) receivers will never be that large.

The Yamaha 5063 is for all intents and purposes the same as the Yamaha RX-V567 aside from a few cosmetic differences.

I am usually partial to Denon receivers, as I have owned a few of them myself. Denons usually cost slightly more than their competitors, but it is usually because they have a few more features than its rivals.

If you plan on just using 5.1, the Denon would be a great choice here. It has Audyssey Audyssey MultEQ which allows filtering to the subwoofer. Most Onkyo and other receivers in this price range do not have this feature and is worth the extra 50 or some dollars by itself.

The Denon can also upconvert analog to HDMI, which is a feature that is absent in the other receivers. This feature is only important if you wish to connect older devices that uses a analog signal. Otherwise, this is not a selling point.
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not in canada

anyway when it comes to super entry level receivers you definitely need to get whichever one has the best features for you...power will pretty much be the same across the board. you should return the speakers and get some better ones though
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not in canada

anyway when it comes to super entry level receivers you definitely need to get whichever one has the best features for you...power will pretty much be the same across the board. you should return the speakers and get some better ones though
Right I cannot get that Onkyo one in Canada.

I picked it up for half the retail. AM10 still not worth it?
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They aren't worth it even if they're free, unfortunately. I'd suggest you try asking for speaker/receiver recommendations on a forum like avsforum, audioholics, or htshack though because I don't know what's available for what price in canada.
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They aren't worth it even if they're free, unfortunately. I'd suggest you try asking for speaker/receiver recommendations on a forum like avsforum, audioholics, or htshack though because I don't know what's available for what price in canada.
Honest question:

why? Would you mind explaining?
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Because bose does not make quality audio equipment. The little cubes are incapable of reaching low enough to cross over properly with a subwoofer and they lack the ability to reach higher frequencies. The "bass module" is called such because it isn't a proper sub either. Basically there is a gap in frequency response between the bass module and the cubes, and there are no true highs or anything close to real lows.

There is a reason why bose doesn't publish specifications or measurements.

For more detail:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=343759
http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html
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Because bose does not make quality audio equipment. The little cubes are incapable of reaching low enough to cross over properly with a subwoofer and they lack the ability to reach higher frequencies. The "bass module" is called such because it isn't a proper sub either. Basically there is a gap in frequency response between the bass module and the cubes, and there are no true highs or anything close to real lows.

There is a reason why bose doesn't publish specifications or measurements.

For more detail:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=343759
http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html
gorb;

Thank you for a very quick response. So what I am understanding from you is that the Bose speakers do not have low or high but have good mid-range?

I believe that I can fix the 'bass' problem with adding a real subwoofer.


To be honest I did hear some of the Bose speakers and other speakers before I went out and bought the AM10. The truth of the matter is that, while I have nothing close to an audiophile ears (maybe I do but I don't know!) the Bose did sound O.K. for their size. I saw others like Klipsch, Polk audio and Sony/Samsung/LG (lolololol) all of them seemed very bass heavy and very boomy. Polks did have a very crisp sound (they were not pro grade, just about $600-700) and in my opinion had the best sound of them all but because I will be living in a small condo, I need to watch for bass and such. Also the size of the speakers, Bose had them the smallest.

I didn't like Klipsch... It was all about bass... (those big tower speakers)

I would not have gotten the Bose AM10 if they were full retail. But at half retail, they were $200 cheaper than the Polk and about $1000 cheaper than the Klipsch ones. The Sony/Samsung/LG (lololol) ones were going for anywhere from $300-500 so i said oh what the hell the Bose ones are small and look nice.

How about the actual 'quality' of the sound of these Bose AM-10? Other than the missing frequency and such, how does the sound actually compare to others? (lets just for the sake of the argument get a proper crossover and a subwoofer.)
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That's sort of like asking what your computer would run like if you put in an SR2 mobo, quad 580s and dual xeons; its a whole different animal and not really relevant. It sounds like the listening environment you heard the other speakers in was pretty terrible and/or the shop had them eqd for big bass (a lot of people only care about this).
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