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RE: Biggest Improvement in HT Sound: Going to Separates

May years ago I owned the flagship Pioneer Elite receiver and ran very VERY easy to drive Wharfedale Vanguard horn loudspeakers 95dB sensitive and sat mostly 10 ohm.

The receiver was 125 watts per channel and one of those silly 0.00025%THD specs sort of things.

Like you - muffled voices and not the best sound at all - I was ready to sell my speakers in fact. My dealer at that time said the speakers should be pretty good and he lent me a Bryston 3B power amp to take home. Even though I could not afford it back then.

So I brought it home and connected it up and WOW. Like a completely different loudspeaker - tight controlled bass - pin drop speed.

In fact that amplifier was what got me interested in high end audio.

Like the other poster noted though - the preamp processor can make even more difference and my dealer noted the same - BUT the power amp - even on HE speakers in spite of having worse specs than my Pioneer Elite still won the day.

I didn't sell the speakers - I sold the Pioneer Elite for a two channel Arcam (as that is all I could afford).

I have yet to really go after Home theater properly. I have spent most of my time doing two channel which has involved SET amplifiers etc. But when I do go home theater I will probably start with something like the Anthem AVM60.

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