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Whats a good receiver for Energy 5.1

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Initial post: May 8, 2011 8:00:10 AM PDT
Won-jang Joo says:
Hi, I am thinking about buying these:Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black)
What are some good receivers for this speaker set? I have no idea which receivers are suitable. I would like to spend as least as possible in the receiver; what are the cheapest receivers possible? I have a HD cable box, LCD TV and a PS3.
Also if the costs of the Energy and the receiver is too high , I am thinking about buying the Onkyo home theater systems which include a receiver for less than 600.

Posted on May 8, 2011 10:22:22 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 7:56:53 PM PDT
Pretty much any 5.1/7.1 AV Receiver will do the job. They all offer the same features. I recommend using the Amazon price query in the Receiver area to find models in your price range and check the reviews for reliability issues and features.

One feature that you might want to consider is the surround sound decoding capabilities of the Receiver. Finding a Receiver that decodes TrueHD and HD-Master Audio would be ideal, but not absolutely necessary. Most of the lowest priced AV Receivers won't decode the HD audio formats. Depending on the model of PS3 player you own, it may decode the latest High Def audio and pass it on to the Receiver at the highest bit rate anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 2:33:29 PM PDT
Won-jang Joo says:
Hi, would this receiver work well with the Energy: Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver? I am just confused because the speakers say 100 watts but the receiver says 110 watts. Does that mean anything?

Posted on May 9, 2011 4:23:46 PM PDT
Yes, hello. The Pioneer is a good match. It will cause no damage to the Energy speakers as long as you don't play the Receiver at ridiculously high levels that would cause distortion and possibly pain in your ears. Volume levels produced by 110W of continuous power would be ridiculously high for the average room and seating distance, and even when considering peak output, its pretty loud.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 6:18:31 PM PDT
Won-jang Joo says:
Ok so for this Pioneer receiver, i am going to hook up a PS3 and Antenna, and possibly a cable box in the future. What cables do i need to buy to accomplish this? Is putting all the wires from the PS3 and Antenna to the receiver and a HMDI from the receiver to the TV sufficient? Will i get surround sound while watching TV or watching movies?

Posted on May 9, 2011 6:38:43 PM PDT
K. Lupo says:
No go with the Energy Speakers and pretty much any 5.1 receiver will work. Go with something quality (Yamaha) and you will love the speakers. I purchased them the day after Christmas and the Energy speakers ROCK. Make sure you break them in (50 hours at low to medium volume) and you can't go wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 8:20:57 PM PDT
Your welcome. get back to you later.

Posted on May 10, 2011 5:24:36 AM PDT
MikeT says:
I'd suggest buying all needed cables online, not retail stores. Amazon,,, etc..
Yes you should get surround for all sources if connected correctly.
If by antenna you mean a TV antenna that would likely need to go directly to the TV, not your receiver.

The one catch to running everything to the receiver then HDMI out to TV is that your receiver must be running to watch TV.
Some receivers (possibly the one you are looking at) may have a passthrough for the video & audio to the TV so your receiver need not be actually running to watch TV. I'd check for that feature.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2011 9:12:40 AM PDT
EdM says:
FWIW - Speaker [maximum (?) input] "watts" is a totally different thing from receiver [maximum output] "watts". These supposed specifications are confusing. Only if the speaker has a Minimum Watts needed rating that the receiver cannot produce [maximum output watts rating], is this info likely to be helpful.

The general "rule" is to start the receiver with the volume in a low position, and gradually increase it to a pleasant level, which good level might be in the 9 o'clock to 12 o'clock level. Treating the speakers well like this, you can use even a 500 Watts per channel receiver [if there is such a thing] to drive a 50 watt maximum input speaker. If you send all 500 watts [maximum power] to a 50 watt speaker, then you'll likely overdrive and destroy the speaker.

There's a lot of good info here IMO, but as I am a person who loves great BD audio, I would suggest to be sure and get a receiver that does decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master audio for best quality digital audio decoding. When you have great audio quality, it can be like magic. It can be surprising how good the audio quality can be with well done BD movies and concerts. I watched "Top Gun" the other day, and the audio for me was so good, it was like magic. OTOH, that's my kind of music, so YMMV.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 12:35:08 AM PDT
K.A. says:
I recommend Onkyo personally.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 11:40:36 PM PDT
If you buy a model that is one year or older you can get a great deal. I bought a onkyo for almost half price. My friend has a denon avr-991 and it sounds awesome. He spent about $550. It sounds like alot of money, but if you spent alot of money on the speakers it does no good if you buy a receiver that can'T deliver. Their is a website called accessoriesforless which sells authorized refurbished receivers. I would go with the onkyo avr-sr709 or better with the onkyo. With the denon I would not choose anything less than denon avr-991 or denon avr-3811ci. Pay now and so you don't regret later. Just my two cents.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 12:35:48 AM PDT
Whoops. Didn't look at what your speakers are rated. You might want to go a model or two down from what I suggested in the other post.
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