Monitor audio silver av12 receiver options

Nirajbuk

Novice Member
Hi there

I wanted to get some advice on what would be a great receiver for my Monitor Audio.

As per the subject I've currently got the Monitor Audio Silver AV12 with a Pioneer SC-LX57. As you all may know the amp is around 8 years old. When watching films are a decent volume, it seems harsh/bright at high volumes, almost to the point where i feel there is distortion coming from them. I get so paranoid that when i feel like I've heard distortion i turn the amp off, rewind the film then re-listen to that part of the film purely from the tv speakers and it generally sounds the same. This could simply be the speakers having such amazing clarity that its picking up every sound possible but just doesn't seem right.

I also feel that there isnt much control when there is alot going on during the film (opening scene of The Hobbit) and the bass is hit and miss. I did purchase the amp second hand so not sure if its had a tough life or not and maybe the processing is struggling perhaps?

I have adopted the Advanced MCACC but its such a complex calibration system I've done what i can with if after reading on how to get the best from it.

My question is what receiver have people typically paired these speakers?

What upgrade options are available to me? Would a power amp to the fronts help and keeping the existing receiver?

Also I'd potentially look at going down the separates route and have a pre amp and power amp. If anyone has done this, any insight would be good for these speakers.

Room size is 11ft x 19ft
Budget I'd say between £2k-£3k

Look forward to the response.
Cheers
 
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nictry

Distinguished Member
I can’t fully help as I am still awaiting my centre and W12 sub to arrive but I paired my AV12 set with a denon 4700 and am very happy with what I am hearing albeit early days.
 

Nirajbuk

Novice Member
Hi nictry

Yea I'm looking at getting the x6700 but want to sre what potentially my other options are. I'm assuming you used Audessey?
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Denon's are not bright, quiet benign really and that's why they suit a wide choice of speakers. You will get the best result by using Audyssey which is regarded as being superior to MCACC. You can also download an app to further tinker with the settings if you're so inclined. I'm running a X6500 with KEF R Series and it is a very good amp with great sound steering.

Extremely easy to set up and use Audyssey. The set up wizard will walk you through it.
 

Nirajbuk

Novice Member
That's really good to hear. I reckon that the x6700 will be a great upgrade to my current receiver. I was also considering separates but not sure if this would yield even better performance?
 

gibbsy

Moderator
That's really good to hear. I reckon that the x6700 will be a great upgrade to my current receiver. I was also considering separates but not sure if this would yield even better performance?
I use a Rega stereo amp with HT by-pass alongside my X6500. I'm not a fan of Denons stereo music performance if that of any importance.
 

Nirajbuk

Novice Member
Fair point. 80% of the use of my system is for film and the rest music.

Im going to look at getting a trial for the x6700.
 

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