Just curious if anyone here driving 803D's with the xpr5 amp. Do I need to change all my speaker cables to 10 awg? I also have b&w's for my center and surrounds but they're only rated up to 200 watts handling. Do I need to worry about over powering them or will my anthem mrx 700 receiver take care of the gains to each speaker during the ARC procedure? Thanks in advance.
803d are going to ROCK on an xpr5. I have been listening to them on a Rotel 2x200 amp and they sound incredible. There is that need for a bit more power to increase dynamics. The 803d will love the xpr5
I hope so. The guys at magnolia A/V had their 803's hooked up to a mac amp and it sounded bright to me. On the other hand, I don't think the sales guy knew what the heck he was doing....I knew more than he did and I'm only an amateur. But I'm sure he did make a cool commission from my purchase though :-)
Post by bitsandbytes on May 5, 2015 15:34:14 GMT -5
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Well the surrounds will need approx 75 feet of cabling each (have to route them through the attic) the center speaker and left main would be about 6 feet each (close proximity to amp) and it would be 15 feet for my right main. Will it be okay if I made them all 10 awg since I'm definitely using those for the surrounds?
Can I place the XPR-5 directly on the carpeted floor? Or should I get some sort of solid base for it like a natural stone marble tile?
I wouldn't place it directly on the floor for fear of blocking the air vents. Use an amp stand, or build your own with a slab of granite, soapstone, concrete, etc. You could also make it out of wood and stain it to match your decor.
I am really surprised to hear that Best Buy had 803D's at all. Around here Massachusetts/New Hampshire stores that I have visited do not have that line.
Also as far as I know they don't get commission on sales at all, but may be different for the Magnolia room.
Someday, I may upgrade to those speakers but have to settle for what I got for now.
The guys at magnolia definitely do get a commission. After I was done setting up the 803D's and found the present integrated amp insufficient to drive it, I went back into magnolia wanting to audition the Rotel amps but the dude tried his best to steer me away from Rotel's by talking it down while hoping to convince me that mac's were the way to go.....I almost went for the 7 channel 200 wpc MC8207 which would've set me back 6 G's until I remembered about a company named emotiva!!!
Yes although this magnolia and best buy are next door to each other, they are definitely separated from BB to exude a fancier more sophisticated taste. Only reason I went to magnolia was due to the fact I could use my best buy card and get the 36 months same as cash promotion :-)