Help with AMP / Receiver to optimize and super power 2.1 Setup
TL;DR: I am getting SVS Ultra towers and the SVS PB16 Ultra and I am looking for the best way to optimize and make these sound amazing for a good value. Not trying to break the bank as this setup is already about $4,000 without adding the receiver / amp. Maybe an extra $1000 budget?
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SVS Ultra Towers
- Rated bandwidth: 28 Hz-32 kHz (+/-3 dB).
- Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
- Sensitivity: 88 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz).
- Recommended amplifier power: 20-300 watts.
Sub - SVS PB16 ultra
- 15-280 Hz +/- 3 dB (standard mode – all ports open)
- 13-280 Hz +/- 3 dB (extended mode – 2 ports open)
- 14-360 Hz +/- 3 dB (sealed mode – all ports sealed)
16'8" x 16'5" (open to stairwell)
90% movies / TV use case.
I am going to be running a 2.1 speaker setup for at least 6mo-1yr before eventually expanding to 5.2 or beyond so I want to get the most out of my towers and sub. I feel they are the most important piece to a home theater so wanted to start off going big there. I also don't mind not getting a future proof receiver as I'm okay selling and replacing it when I'm ready for an upgrade. I am by no means an audiophile but i wish i was so I turn to all you experts - feel free to get super nerdy because I would love to learn the tricks on how to optimize this as much as possible!
My first thought was to get a 7.2 receiver and bi-amp the ultra towers (something quality like a Denon x3300). After thinking about it and reading more, I figured maybe it would be better to connect an external amp to a cheaper receiver (need suggestions on if there is cheaper options w/ access to XT32 - apparently a must have from the guys at SVS - or if XT32 is really necessary?) to get more value for my watts per channel ratio. Please let me know if this is a dumb thought..
I need an AVR because I connect a decent amount of things to it. TV, blu ray, Apple TV, XBOX one, DVR. Maybe the Denon x3300 bi-amped is plenty for the speakers and sub I am wanting?
If I want an external amp, the receiver has to have a preout for L/R correct? For example, I looked at a Denon X1300W just to see cheaper options and it has preout L/R but as zone 2...not sure if that matters? Sorry if these are super dumb questions!
Lastly, should I look into any optimizations for the sub like adding an amplifier for that as well?
Hoping for feedback and suggestions!
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