Which CD receiver? Please help.


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Jan 31, 2016
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Hi everyone.

I'm in the market for a new CD receiver as our 20-year-old Technics SA-R230 + SL-P470 units have gone kaput.

If it's of any help, here are the specs of our old unit:

- power output:
DIN 1 kHz 2x50W (8 Ω),
40 Hz~20 kHz continuous power output both channels driven 2x40W (8 Ω)

The new CD receiver needs to have the following specs:

- support 4 Ω speakers
- CD player
- FM radio
- Wifi / Internet radio
- Audio IN

I have 2 Altec Lansing speakers (similar to these), which still work great despite their age so I'd wish to keep them and buy only a CD receiver to pair it with them. I'm looking at something up to $600 or so at most.

Speaker specs:

- 4 Ω nominal
- 125 W maximum program (that's what it says on each of them)

- 22" high
- 12" wide
- 9" deep

8" woofer
4" midrange
20mm dome tweeter

- Now, I'm really confused as to how powerful should the receiver/amplifier's output be to work well with these speakers? I'm buying this for my parents for their living room, so mostly the music won't be played at an extra high volume. But they still wish the unit to produce good sound quality for the money. They also plan to use the unit+speakers with their TV when watching movies, sometimes.

So far I've narrowed my selection down to 3 units:

1. Marantz M-CR611
60W x 2ch (6 Ω, 1kHz) --- though on the back of the unit it says 4~16 Ω

2. Pioneer XC-HM82
50 W + 50 W (1 kHz, 10 % THD, 4 ohms)

3. Onkyo CR-N765
22 W/Ch (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 0.4% THD, 2 Channels Driven, IEC)

I'm worried all three of them are a bit on the weak side compared to the speakers, especially the Onkyo one. Or would they be just fine (see the specs of my old Technics units above - those worked great for years)? Please advise.

Thanks in advance!


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