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Old 04-10-2011, 02:36 PM   #1  
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Default Proper reciever for speakers?

As a novice, I spent time reading information regarding sizing speakers to receivers. However, as some speaker companies market on peak power, rather than RMS power, it is difficult (if RMS unknown) to determine how to match the system.

My current system is about 12 years old and the reciever is at the end of it's life.

I would like to keep my current speakers (listed below).....and purchase a new reciever to power them.

Speakers are Cerwin Vega….

Center: LS-5C at 5 “, Peak Power Handling 100 watts, 8 Ohms, sensitivity 91 dB.
2 Front: LS-5 at 5 “, Peak Power Handling 75 watts, 8 Ohms, sensitivity 89 dB.
2 Back: LS-5 at 5 “, Peak Power Handling 75 watts, 8 Ohms, sensitivity 89 dB.
Subwoofer: LW-10 , Peak Power Handling 100 watts, 8 Ohms

Questions:
1. Although I'm not willing to purchase new speakers, in terms of quality, are these decent in terms of mid-market value?
2. What power/sensitivity is required of the reciever?
3. Manufacturers/Models to achieve this? (I would like minimum of 4 HDMI inputs).

Thanks in advance for your advice.....
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Decent speakers, I'd say. Decent sensitivity as well. How large is the room they're in? Most likely any receiver from Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, HK and the likes will drive those just fine, minus the subwoofer, as you will need a separate amp. Most HT subs have a built in amp anyway, don't know about that one. If you think about it, entry level receivers can drive your speakers. No need to worry about peak specs or S/N ratio of these brands, as they are all pretty comparable.
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Thanks for the quick reply....

Moderate sized room.....20 feet x 18 feet witha 14 foot ceiling.

I was assuming that the receiver amp should not have an RMS power rating higher than that of the speakers. Correct??
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Doesn't matter unless you are afraid of someone cranking it up too far, but never fear, todays receivers have min and max settings so you can't accidentally do that. Also, you'd need to spend thousands for a receiver to actually go 150 watts RMS per channel. Most sub 1000$ avrs are more like 30 watts RMS per channel. That's usually enough to hurt your ears.

30 watts gets you close to 105 dbs from each front main left and right, for 108 dbs, then adding the center and surrounds, your over 110 dbs. You should not listen that loud unless you do not like your hearing.

Good luck and enjoy! Forget the hype marketing!
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Whether speakers are good or not is subjective...

But since you asked - I hate CV for anything except a garage system, when you need to hear music while mowing the lawn. They are surely sensitive and loud. I might suggest listening to others and letting your own ears be the guide. If Cerwin Vega pleases you the most, who cares what everyone else thinks.

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Whether speakers are good or not is subjective...

But since you asked - I hate CV for anything except a garage system, when you need to hear music while mowing the lawn. They are surely sensitive and loud. I might suggest listening to others and letting your own ears be the guide. If Cerwin Vega pleases you the most, who cares what everyone else thinks.

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I agree and personally, Cerwin Vega speakers sound muddy after listening to many other brands, the veil is lifted.
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Thanks so much for your input, guys.


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Thanks so much for your input, guys.


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You are welcome, hope we helped...
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