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#301835 - 04/14/10 04:37 AM Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater?
Vauktu Offline

Registered: 04/14/10
Posts: 5

I have my eyes on the Axiom M60 Floorstanding Speaker pair and would like to purchase them, but before I do, I require a receiver. The receiver I am looking for must have the power to drive the M60 speakers, possibly even enough power to drive the M80 if need be (if I ever do happen to upgrade). As well as the receiver needing to have enough power to drive the M60 or M80 speakers, they must have the power to drive a complete 5.1 or bigger home theater system for roughly 3 hours max.

Here are some specifications to answer questions:
  • I have a slightly flexible $500.00 budget to spend on any receiver.
  • My home theater will start off as a 2.1 set and eventually be upgraded to a 5.1 set.
  • The speakers will be used 100% on movies.
  • My home theater will be placed in the living room. You can find dimensions and images here:
    Floor Plan Image
    Living Room Images

Thank you.

#301837 - 04/14/10 05:09 AM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: Vauktu]
grunt Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 3569
Loc: Nirvana
Based on some posts over at the AVS forum where someone was looking at a pioneer I noticed this one.

Looks like it’s getting good reviews from it’s users and some review sites. Sure has a lot of features, including both Dolby and DTS lossless. You might also consider the B-stock market for something like Denon if you can afford not to have a full warranty.
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#301838 - 04/14/10 05:11 AM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: Vauktu]
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Registered: 05/11/02
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V, welcome. The power needed would depend to a large extent on how loudly you'd play them, but if you use a comfortably loud level that won't cause hearing damage any of the receivers rated in the 100 watt area will do the job. This applies to both the M60s and the M80s, since actually the M80s are a bit more sensitive and therefore require a little less power than the M60s. My suggestion to fit your budget would be the factory refurb(if anything, even more likely than a brand-new unit to be trouble-free)Onkyo 707 from Accessories4less for about $450.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#301855 - 04/14/10 09:53 AM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: JohnK]
CatBrat Offline

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 6015
Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
If you decide to go Pioneer, I purchased the smallest Elite model, VSX-21TXH for $630 at a Best Buy Magnolia store late last year. Then, the suggested retail was $700, but I just noticed that they have raised the price to $800 suggested retail. To drive the M80's I don't think I would go with anything less than one of the Elite models, although I'm no expert on this. I think the Elites probably have better circuitry.

#301878 - 04/14/10 11:08 AM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: CatBrat]
axiomoholic Offline

Registered: 01/20/10
Posts: 110
I think just about anything, within reason, will drive the M60's just fine. One of the first things I noticed when I got mine a couple weeks ago was just how effortlessly my existing equipment was driving them. They are very, very nice btw.

I wouldn't worry too much about trying to future-proofing a reciever to someday drive M80's. By then, you'll probably want a move to an up-to-date receiver with 4D \:\) , etc.

A better approach might be to get a two channel amp, or a pair of monos when and if you get M8o's - and use whatever power you have in your reciever to power center and rears.

It seems like recievers are becoming somewhat disposable like computers. New, can't live without them, technologies are relaesed in every tradeshow, where amps are amps - they can provide good service for decades.

#301901 - 04/14/10 12:55 PM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: axiomoholic]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8462
Loc: Tacoma
At that budget, just shop for features and price. Onkyo, Pioneer, Denon, etc. If you get one with Pre-amp outputs, you can add a power amp later - IF you think you need it. But I doubt you will.
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#301902 - 04/14/10 12:59 PM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: tomtuttle]
Argon Offline

Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
I bought the Yamaha RX-V663 for around $400. a couple of years ago in prep for buying the EPIC 60-500 system from Axiom. It powers the entire 5.1 system flawlessly. I can assure you that I would go deaf long before there was any problem between the speakers and the receiver.
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#301906 - 04/14/10 01:26 PM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: Argon]
Adrian Offline

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6772
Loc: It's all about the location.
My 2809 is plenty loud. It's got pre-outs. And I'm still curious.
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#301956 - 04/14/10 09:52 PM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: axiomoholic]
fredk Offline

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7718
Loc: Canada
I agree with SirTuttle and I like Johnk's suggestion. I was looking at the Onkyo 707 until I found a very good deal on a Dennon 2808.

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#302346 - 04/18/10 10:39 PM Re: Best Receiver for M60/80 + Complete Home Theater? [Re: Vauktu]
TroyD Offline

Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 461
Loc: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, CA
hmm I just picked up a factory refurb HK AVR340 for $250. no HDMI but hell, it will get me by until I can get the AMPS and Speakers bought, then I will ditch the reciever for a pre/pro with 4D or 5d , ,,,hell probably come to life video will be out by then

Edited by troyd (04/18/10 10:40 PM)
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