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johnt
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have a mordaunt short genie system powered with a denon 1907 avr amp reciever and am happy with sound quality. would just like to know if i was to upgrade to a better amp would sound quality improve or would i be best buying better speakers

Matt Whitlock
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Hi johnt,

Hi johnt,

I've never had the pleasure of listening to the Short Genie System in person, but from what I understand, it's a capable system that delivers nicely for the size and style... though is a bit on the pricey side.

I don't think you're underpowered with Denon's 1907 except maybe at the most extreme listening levels. If you're never reaching the upper limits of the volume control, then upgrading to a new receiver wouldn't yeild substantial gains in performance. Sure, it may help a little, but the gain probably wouldn't justify the investment.

My advice: If you want to take sound to the next level, keep this system as is and save your pennies. When you're ready to upgrade your speakers (which would be the best way to improve sound), take it up several notches. You'll probably have to replace your receiver when you do, so I'd pick the speakers first, then find the appropriate receiver/amp to power them.

dans_repair_service
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I would second what Matt had

I would second what Matt had to say.  When matching the speakers with the receiver, here is my preference:  Never plan to exceed about 80% of the amp capacity.  Plann on using speakers with the continuous program rating of that 80% rating.  In other words, if the speakers are rated for 100W continuous, power them with an amp rated at 125W.  This insures that the amp is running well within spec for performance without really pushing the power supply.  Also, this gives you the extra umpf for the transients, like kick drums etc.  The speakers will probably have a peak rating of at least 150W, so that would not be a problem either.

Dan

adizzle
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I just got a new HD TV, but

I just got a new HD TV, but when I watch a movie on it with my old DVD player, it makes a strange buzzing noise throught the speakers on the TV.  I was wondering what this is and if there is anything I can do to stop it.

 

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