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    Can we drive High end speakers with Low end AMp

    I have Yamaha HTR 5150 bought almost 6 years ago with energy take 5 speakers. I am planning to upgrade my speakers to either to paradigm studio or monitor series.

    I see all the paradigm speakers drive with 8 ohm impedence and my receiver can also handle 8 ohm impedence speakers. Is that the only criteria we need to consider while matching the speakers and A/v Receivers let me know.

    I am not an audiophile. I dont intend to be.

    My question for you guys is can we just go upgrading speakers without upgrading the receivers. Are there any problems. If so what are the problems.


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    Mar 2002
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    In your scenario the main thing I'd look at is efficiency of the speakers, SPL. The Paradigm's I've seen are 90dB or higher which would make them a pretty good match for a receiver. Another consideration is how much benefit will you get from a high end speaker, at some point the performance will be negligible compared to the money spent. There's only so much a receiver will do and going too high would be a waste. I would think your Yamaha would be a good match with an efficient series of Paradigm.

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    Jun 2003
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    The simple answer is yes. As long as the receiver has enough power for the speakers there is no problem. Paradigm speakers high end? I don't think so. Others may disagree. This is not to say they are bad speakers. They are generally not considered part of the high end.
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