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Receiver For New Klipsch Heresy III Speakers


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If you are doing 2 channel only; you should look on your local Craigslist.

You can probably find an excellent used receiver for under $400; maybe even under $150.

(I am currently searching for this exact type of receiver).

Marantz; Harmon Kardon; Pioneer; Sansui; Onkyo; Denon all have made good products.

If it has to be new; you might have trouble finding a newly manufactured 2 channel receiver. (I may be wrong).

I suppose you could get 7.1 receiver and use 2 channel mode. Or you could buy a dedicated preamp + an amp.

Good Luck!

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Considering how efficient the new Heresy III speakers are, you could easily do with less power, don't fixate on 150 watts per channel. If you want a new receiver you should consider the Outlaw Audio series RR 2150. 100 Watts per channel with terrific reviews. A buddy of mine bought one last year and is very happy with this piece. Take a look: http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2150.html

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If it has to be new; you might have trouble finding a newly manufactured 2 channel receiver. (I may be wrong).

It isn't inordinately difficult to find a 2 channel receiver; they're still sold at big box outlets, and are readily available online. However, I'm unaware of any stereo receivers that claim to hit 150wpc. The Harman Kardon 3490 is the most powerful I'm aware of at 120wpc. Its been bench tested by Audioholics and performs very, very well. For $1000, you could also go the separates route, and you can certainly find stereo amplifiers with more than 150wpc if you're so inclined.

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It isn't 150 wpc, or even new, but this would drive that music well on those speakers:

Fisher 500C Stereo Tube Receiver, Original Tubes, Mint

You would be surprised how much sound 35 watts will get you from a tube amp.

If you really must make your ears bleed, Onkyo Pro and Onkyo Integra both have 100 wpc stereo receivers. Anthem has one that is 225 wpc. OUCH!

Good luck.

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Yep. See my post above yours.... lol.

(I did say I might be wrong!) Big Smile

These things happen, even to me!

For the OP: out of curiosity, how large is your room, and how far do you plan to sit from your speakers? How loud do you like to listen? As others have noted, 150 watts per channel is a fair amount of power, and coupled with efficient speakers such as the Heresys, can lead to ear bleeding levels with ease. Most people could get by with a lot less, and I'm just curious how you arrived at the 150 mark.

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It isn't 150 wpc, or even new, but this would drive that music well on those speakers:

Fisher 500C Stereo Tube Receiver, Original Tubes, Mint

You would be surprised how much sound 35 watts will get you from a tube amp.

If you really must make your ears bleed, Onkyo Pro and Onkyo Integra both have 100 wpc stereo receivers. Anthem has one that is 225 wpc. OUCH!

Good luck.

That's definately a great receiver, but I wouldn't feel comfortable using it without a refresh. The dollars will add up.

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Think separates...

2-channel preamp @ $400 delivered

http://emotiva.com/usp1.shtm

2-channel amp @ $350 delivered

http://emotiva.com/upa2.shtm

Tuner @ ~ $160 delivered

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=554793&is=REG&A=details&Q=

Leaves you a bit under $100 for cables from:

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/

And a totally kicka$$ system for $1K

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I agree, 150 wpc is a little much. Unless you are putting on an outdoor concert, you would never turn it up 1/3 of the way.

Klipsch Horns just don't need that much power. I am running 100wpc with my La Scalas and rarely get to turn it up 1/2 way.

I too recommend looking into separates, although Emotiva would not be my first choice. I've heard of quite a few problems with their gear. I'm just sayin'!

Dennie

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Yamaha has a line of stereo receivers. The current top of the line model is the RX-797.

It's rated at 100Wpc RMS and the suggested list price is only $549.95. It would be very likely to have much better sound than a similarly-priced AV receiver, since all the money is spent on two audio channels, not seven audio channels and a number of video decoders and related circuits.

More info here: http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/hifi-components/stereo-receivers/rx-797_black__u/?mode=model

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Am looking at the Yamaha RS-700 Receiver and the Denon DRA-697 C1 receiver. Both are 100 watts per channel. Your suggestions have been very good and helpful. Like the Outlaw receiver too but think the Denon or Yamaha will be better for my system. Any preference between those two receivers?

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