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    Question Which A/V Receiver Under $1500 can Drive Polk RTi A9's so they Sound Good to Great!!!

    JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S AN A/V RECEIVER NEW OR USED UNDER $1500.00 THAT CAN MAKE MY POLK RTi A9'S SOUND THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO, BEFORE I GO & SPEND $2500.00 ON A PRE/PRO & AMP.

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    Onkyo TX-NR708 Receiver

    Fronts = Polk RTi A9
    Center = CSi A6
    Rears = FXi A4
    Sub = (2) Velodyne FSX-12

    YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED...

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    I've found that Rti-A series sound best to "me" with a Marantz or a Denon AVR because they warm up the sound some? So anything in that price range that has pre-outs, because no receiver is going to properly power A9s!

    You should "listen" to both because your ears may not agree with "mine".

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    I really like the SC series Pioneer Elite receivers, but since your 708 has pre outs you might consider just picking up an amp. You can get a hell of a nice amp for $1500.
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    Why not try adding an amp to your Onkyo first. Biased opinion, try Parasound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumlie View Post
    Why not try adding an amp to your Onkyo first. Biased opinion, try Parasound.
    Actually, this is not a bad idea. Parasounds tend to be "warmish".

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    Couple options worth looking at:
    I know personally that the Pioneer SC-35 will run the gear listed great, I also ran my LSi's with it for a week while waiting on my amp
    http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SC-35-.../dp/B004146438

    But if you want to go new this is a route thatt I would be happy with for future versatility...an amp for the RTi A9's let the receiver power the rest...nice 2chnl dedicated amp for stereo from a quality company and better resale value for future and be done till you get upgraditis

    http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/c...0/117839/18047

    There are other manufactuer's and configs in this budget range....just my .02
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    Quote Originally Posted by AVTONY2510 View Post
    ....
    Since you are new here, let me suggest you try some forum etiquette. Lose the caps and the blue text in the body of your post.
    'Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Since you are new here, let me suggest you try some forum etiquette. Lose the caps and the blue text in the body of your post.
    Wow F1 why would you say that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    Wow F1 why would you say that?
    I'm sure that if you think about it long enough, you will figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I'm sure that if you think about it long enough, you will figure it out.
    I DID AND STILL CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT...

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    I would suggest something with high quality room correction, like the Denon 4311 which has Audyssey XT32, Sherwood R972 with Trinnov, and Anthem with ARC. All have pre-outs so you can add external amps if you want more power. Plus can be found for much cheaper than you are looking to spend. I would read up on the different room correction, and see which one sounds the best, give them a try in your home if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    I DID AND STILL CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT...
    BECAUSE LARGE RED LETTERS ARE BETTER!
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    Effers
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Effers
    What I can't hear you...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Effers
    I love that! LMAO!

    Back to the thread... I agree with those suggesting that you get a good amp to drive the fronts rather than just going separates. My system has two tube amps anchoring my mains and a 7 channel 400wpc Sunfire driving the rest. This power is being controlled by a Pioneer SC-37, and will soon be augmented with an HT bypass capable two channel preamp.

    The next thing I need is a house to stuff all that good stuff into.
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    How would an Emotiva XPA-2 Amp. Sound with a Pair of Polk RTi A9's?

    Any other Amp. Recommendations would be Greatly Appreciated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVTONY2510 View Post
    How would an Emotiva XPA-2 Amp. Sound with a Pair of Polk RTi A9's?

    Any other Amp. Recommendations would be Greatly Appreciated...

    Search the forum under Emotiva

    Or amp suggestions....tons of threads and arguments
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    Quote Originally Posted by AVTONY2510 View Post
    How would an Emotiva XPA-2 Amp. Sound with a Pair of Polk RTi A9's?

    Any other Amp. Recommendations would be Greatly Appreciated...
    It is my understanding that the words "bright" and "fatiguing" come up quite often The A9's tend towards bing bright already do to the HT nature of their desighn, and Emotiva is a very forward sounding amp. The two together would not make a great pairing IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    I DID AND STILL CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT...
    The all caps are considered .by some,to be shouting......However,the dark blue text in italics is excellent...Very readable and more conversational...I'm going to start using it

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    Emotiva UMC-1 Receiver $500
    Emotiva XPA-5 Amp $900
    Total= $1,400
    Be done with it and enjoy
    Quote Originally Posted by AVTONY2510 View Post
    JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S AN A/V RECEIVER NEW OR USED UNDER $1500.00 THAT CAN MAKE MY POLK RTi A9'S SOUND THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO, BEFORE I GO & SPEND $2500.00 ON A PRE/PRO & AMP.

    Current System:

    Onkyo TX-NR708 Receiver

    Fronts = Polk RTi A9
    Center = CSi A6
    Rears = FXi A4
    Sub = (2) Velodyne FSX-12

    YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED...

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    Chumlie has a good suggustion. Never heard a avr that i thought sounded good (at least for music) seporates will do much better amd offer u more future options.
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    I would spend the cash on a good used "warm" amp. Something like a parasound or.carver.

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    AVTONY has 12 threads out of his 26 posts. He is asking the same question in multiple threads he has started. I think he is not taking previous advice and recommendations seriously. He probably has blue audio gear in rack already as every post he makes has been that color

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVTONY2510 View Post
    How would an Emotiva XPA-2 Amp. Sound with a Pair of Polk RTi A9's?

    Any other Amp. Recommendations would be Greatly Appreciated...
    Personally, a similar combo for me (XPA-2 and XPA-3 with my RTi system) was just ok... nothing to write home about. Replaced both Emo amps with a 5-channel Adcom and haven't looked back. And while my inital motivation in buying Emo was cost (unfortunately, I didn't consider used at that time), the Adcom solution saved me money, and improved sound quality (win-win). Look around and be patient - the kinds of people who usually buy "better" gear (think Adcom, Rotel, B&K, Parasound, etc...) usually take exceptional care of their gear. When I picked up my "used" amp, it had not a scratch on it, and has performed marvelously since then.
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : MFW-15 (RIP): Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000 : Adcom GFA-7500 : PS3 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @120"
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