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#376752 - 05/21/12 10:31 PM Epic 80-500-180 with 4311ci receiver
hhp Offline

Registered: 07/15/10
Posts: 8
i have the system set up for almost 3 weeks now.. it sounds great. however, I need to crank up my receiver volume to -15db to get a "kick" out of the audio.

is this ok for the receiver to run long term at 90% of the volume like this?..

should i get an external amp? i've seen a lot of good review on emotiva xpa-5. Can i use my receiver only for the 2 rear speakers and use an external amp (ie. emotiva xpa-5) for the remaining 5 speakers?

thanks in advance for your feedback.. I am still a newbie in this area.


#376756 - 05/21/12 10:57 PM Re: Epic 80-500-180 with 4311ci receiver [Re: hhp]
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It would appear that -15 is more on the order of 2/3rds of the maximum setting, not 90%. In any case, it certainly isn't unusual and is no cause for concern.

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#376757 - 05/21/12 10:59 PM Re: Epic 80-500-180 with 4311ci receiver [Re: hhp]
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Your Denon will be playing at reference level when your dial is at 0dB, but should go to about +20dB. I listen to all my movies between -15 and 0dB.
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#376836 - 05/22/12 08:05 PM Re: Epic 80-500-180 with 4311ci receiver [Re: hhp]
1sweetspot Offline

Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 175
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta
All good. I wouldn't worry too much unless you were regularly in the "pluses". I usually watch movies from -10 to 0. Any lower and the couch doesn't shake enough grin

#376849 - 05/22/12 10:43 PM Re: Epic 80-500-180 with 4311ci receiver [Re: 1sweetspot]
Boltron Offline

Registered: 11/18/11
Posts: 172
Loc: Toronto
I have the same receiver and I use an external amp for the two fronts. It does make a difference in loud action scenes.
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