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pushing it too hard......?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by podium73, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. podium73

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    Aug 26, 2004
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    As I am new to posting a thread please forgive me if i sound daft at any stage.

    I have had a set-up which i have been relatively happy with over the last couple of years, considering budget constraints.

    Marantz sr4200
    mission m70 cinema package(mission stance stands+mission wall brackets)
    pioneer dv-565a(not connected for sacd,dvd-a as no 5.1 phono ins on amp)
    Sony kv-32fq70(fixed screen smear "thanks howie" with help from this forum)
    all connected with qed cables(including speaker cable)

    modest I know compared to most of you......

    The picture quality and sound are great with most films i.e LOTR, minority report, seven "special edition",but sound wise it has to be cranked up fairly high before it starts to come to life.

    Here lies the problem: due to a new family addition I now have to run the amp at lower volumes.
    The amp does have "night mode" which does help.
    This reduces the dynamic range, so there are no window rattling moments.

    I just feel the system now sounds flat at low levels(was all the extra money worth it).

    Have I made an error and bought a combination that does not quite fit my new requirements?

    I actually didn't think to demo it a low volume....

    Is the amp really not up to the job now?
    Is it actually struggling to drive the speakers at lower volumes?

    Any suggestions/comments are welcolmed.

    Though any monies will have to be approved before committee(wife)

    Thanks for all the advice and interesting reading over the last couple of years.


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