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Here's my living room, 70/30 split between music and movies.

Onkyo TX-NR818, 5.1 bi-Amped on the mains (2x 135W/ch), Audyssey XT 32
The Monkey Coffins
The RS150Ti MTM
Paradigm Atom V2 surrounds (either side of couch)
Stereo Integrity SI 18 D4 in 4cuft sealed with Linkwitz Transform via iNuke NU3000dsp
Xbox 360 Pro, Sony BDP-S480

Link to tuning my car system with REW

Computer room:
Dayton ND91s in 0.04cuft flatpacks
Denon AVR-685
JL8W7 in 1cuft sealed
Behringer A500, bridged
Auzentech soundcard EQ
 

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do you use the beringer to drive your left and right speakers? would it make sense to buy one per speaker for left right and center its 170 at amazon right now that would be quite tempting
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do you use the beringer to drive your left and right speakers? would it make sense to buy one per speaker for left right and center its 170 at amazon right now that would be quite tempting
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Yup, the A500 is for my L/R (got it used for $100!). Others have bench tested this amp to be clean and clear for 180W @ 4 ohms (spec is 230W @ 4ohm), which is better than any AVR will do :D
 

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Keen to hear your thoughts on the 818? Considering one early in the new year if the price is right.

My ultimate plan is to use it just a pre-amp and use an/some emotiva power amps, but scale into the total build slowly as $$$'s allow.
 

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The NR818 is awesome, I couldn't be happier. It is so feature-laden that it's in my opinion one of the best deals on AVRs right now. The XT32 does an amazing job, and extra features like being able to apply individual graphic EQ to L/R, C, SW, and surrounds all seperately is nice. My only "complaint" is its size and weight, it's a couple inches taller and about twice as heavy as the ordinary entry/mid-level AVR. As we all know, that is not a valid complaint :)

I'm kind of tempted to try bi-amping my L/R (monkey coffins), but I'm not sure that it would be a big enough power increase over my A500 to be worth the trouble. Chances are I will get bored one of these days and try it...
 

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What is it they say? Size matters? I would love to have a personal listen to the 818 and compare the difference between XT32 and XT. That's a nice AVR you have there sir.
 

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What is it they say? Size matters? I would love to have a personal listen to the 818 and compare the difference between XT32 and XT. That's a nice AVR you have there sir.
I'd like to listen to one also. My 808 is still awesome but, xt32 is on my future wish list. Love the coffins too! Jbrax, I also had a few Technics pieces growing up. Mine were coupled to a pair of cerwin vega, D-9s. They had 15" woofers, and externally adjustable mids, highs, and horn tweeters. I got a lot of "turn it down"s too. Thanks for your service!
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I'm really happy with XT32. Everything sounds awesome. By default it pegs the sub really low, but that's because it's meant to put it in the middle of the regulation range of the LFE output. Plenty of info on the net about this. After running XT32 setup, gain up the sub as far as you like and Audyssey will know what you've done in the 818 settings and compensate accordingly. I'm running +10dB on the LFE channel and movies are great and rumbly, with the AVR volume on -10 to -12.
 
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