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Amplification for M&K THX Speakers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Stewart C, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. Stewart C

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    I have M&K Speakers and a relatively old Yamaha Receiver (795RDS). I bought the speakers knowing that I would be upgrading the amplifier at some date, well now is the time to preferably a THX Amplifier to go with my THX Speakers. I was initially interested in the Pioneer 909RDS as the price is fantastic at the moment, see post below. But I am growing more and more concerned about something.

    Looking more closely at the HCC Review on this site, the power drops from 110watts as specified by the Company to 76-84 watts RMS with some or minimal THD when the amp is pushed. Now this isn't much more power than I have already with my Yamaha (70watts - although I wonder what I'm really getting with my hard to work with speakers !!) Any ideas ?

    My speakers are 4 ohms and demand good amplification and my Yamaha while adequate does not push the M&K's to their full capacity, according to everyone I speak to. What does this mean though. What difference is extra power, apart from volume.

    I read a similar review recently in another magazine with someone who had the same problem and the reviewer stated that indeed the M&K's were hardly being taxed at all.

    THX does not necessarily mean the best sound I realise that but the 909 got very good reviews at £1200 and I can get it at a fraction of this but I am still worried about the power output and whether I would be better waiting and saving for the Yamaha AX1 or one of the Denon THX beasts.

    Any comments?

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    Stewart C
     
  2. Jase

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    The Pioneer is built to THX Ultra standard so shouldnt have any problems driving your speakers, out of interest which M&K models do you have?

    I would advise demoing a unit before you buy it, preferably driving the same speakers you have already.

    As in your other post if you fancy waiting (& saving!) Denon has their new AVC11 coming out soon with all the latest formats & THX Ultra spec.

    Or go for the A1SE, this will drive your speakers no problem at all, i have one and its superb!!

    Obviously better amplification costs more money so its up to you!!

    cheers

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  3. Stewart C

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    M&K SS150 THX Speakers.

    Ok. But will the Pioneer give me a better Sound than my little old Yamaha bearing in mind what I have stated above regarding power output.

    Thanks

    Stewart
     
  4. Jase

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    A ha! the speakers i would like to upgrade to!!

    The Pioneer should give you better sound quality as it has better amplification, DAC´s etc

    I used to have the same Yamaha and whilst good it cant touch the Pioneer spec wise.

    Personally i would hold out for one of the Denon´s as the Pioneer isnt as good, apparently!, i´ve not heard the Pioneer so cant comment on it!

    cheers
     
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    Another thing. The M&K´s do like to be driven LOUD! They are quite happy being blasted along at THX reference levels.

    You could always go the separates route, power amps etc etc

    Just a thought.
     
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    Stewart,

    Wait and hear the new Denon amp, it has all the latest formats and retails at £1400. It is more expensive than the pioneer, but denon amplification is top notch compared to pioneer.

    Just a thought.

    P.s. I have owned Pioneer amps and Yamaha (dspA2 at the mo) and none are as good to my ears as the denon's
     

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