HT Amp to go with RTi A7s
I'm a total newbie, so please have patience with any dumb questions I might pose......
I bought a package of a pair of RTiA7s with a "free" self-powered Polk subwoofer:
Polk Audio Tower Speakers (RTIA7) - Pair
Polk Audio 10" 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer (PSW10)
The RTiA7s are to be the base of my HT system. I'm thinking the PSW10 might be too small a sub, so maybe that gets upgraded at a later date. The TV is a 60" Samsung Plasma. I also have a couple of "left over" speakers that I'll use for the Center and rears for now (JBL NL100 and a pair of JBL NL200)
So, next on the list is an amp (right?).....
A friend suggested the Cambridge 851a
But then I was looking at the "Polk HT Package" from Audigurus where they have the A7s paired with a Yamaha RX-A730:
And in talking to a rep at Crutchfield, they were recommending the Onkyo TX-NR828
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/P...sp?I=580TXN828 since it has Bluetooth/USB etc.
The HT is in the basement (not the livingroom) so it would be pretty much mostly for Home Theatre, gaming (PS3) and some music.
Hookups needed: Ps3, appleTV, iPod, cableTV, (bluetooth?), USB?
So, my question is... given my newbie-ness, my uses, etc, what do you guys suggest for an amp? The pricing on the options in front of me right now are all over the place:
a) Cambridge Audio Azur 851A-SL ($1850)
b) Yamaha RX-A730 ($650)
c) Onkyo TX-NR828 ($999)
Onyko AVR - vs Emotiva seperates....
Wow -- thx for the replies everyone!
@yahzi - Room size is 14' wide by 32' deep. But more than half of the area is for gym equipment, air hockey table, foosball etc. So, really I'm sitting 10' from the TV in a space that is 14' wide.
@F1nut - I read through the differences between an amp and an AVR now.... dop! Shows you how green I am.
@chumlie & @oleon621 - I could probably get away with an AVR, but it seems like a better, long-term view to go with seperates. That way I can always upgrade the pre-amp without having to re-buy the amp/power.
@chiptouz & @eclypse -
I emailed emotiva for their recommendations and they suggested:
- UMC-200 Preamp - plenty of HDMI ports and bluetooth ablity.
- XPA-2 amp to drive your front RTiA7 speakers, which require 300 Watt Per Channel
- XPA-5 amp to drive the rest of your system, which requires; Center Channel - 150 w.p.c. , Surrounds -100 w.p.c.
Hmmm, doesn't getting an XPA-2 and an XPA-5 seem like overkill? Maybe start with the UMC-200 and a single XPA-5 (to drive the RTiA7s, the center, and two small rears?) That would bring the price down to a more reasonable $1598.
After everyones input, here's where my head is currently at:
There is an Onyko NR-818 available for $799 at Crutchfield..... Maybe I should just start with that, and then possibly use that as a pre-amp if I need more power and get the XPA-2 and/or XPA-5 from Emotiva later?