Need Help Choosing a Receiver [Archive] - Audio & Video Forums


View Full Version : Need Help Choosing a Receiver

06-04-2006, 03:59 PM
We are building a house and are about two weeks away from completion. Right now in our living room, we have a Sony 46" LCD television and five Klipsch CDT-3650-C speakers mounted in the ceiling - three in the front and two in the back. Our subwoofer is a Klipsch RPW-10.

We also have two CS-650-R speakers mounted in the kitchen ceiling.

We need two outdoor speakers for our patio and two outdoor speakers for our garage.

I imagine we will use the living room portion of this setup 50/50 music vs. movies. The outdoor portion will be 100% music. What receiver and what outdoor speakers should I get? I have been reading as much as I can on this site lately and have read where a few people feel that Klipsch speakers are bright. I have heard it further mentioned that Marantz receivers pair well with Klipsch due to their warm sound. Am I on the right track thinking Marantz is where I should start looking? I have also read some good things about harman/kardon. I am looking to spend between $600 - $1200 for the receiver and am open to suggestions for the speakers. If my setup requires that I get two receivers, I would spend up to $1,200 for a good one and $400-$600 for one to run the kitchen and outdoor speakers.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

My equipment so far:

46" BRAVIA™ S-Series LCD HDTVKDL-46S2000




06-04-2006, 04:08 PM
First thing that comes to my mind would either be the Pioneer Elite models, which enable split room quite well, plus have great other features. Marantz would also be a good choice, as well as some of the higher end Denon models. You could easily make budget with the Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, which also has HDMI switching in case you are going to use that for your LCD.,,2076_4155,00.html