“What is the best home theatre receiver I can buy for my Klipsch speakers?”

“What is the best home theatre receiver I can buy for my Klipsch speakers?”

That might be the most-asked question our customer service and social media teams field on a day-to-day basis.

The home theatre receiver (also known as an AV receiver or AVR) is important in a quality passive speaker setup. If the speakers are not amplified correctly, you will not be getting the most out of your new toys. Furthermore, by over-driving or under-driving your speakers, you risk destroying them, which is the last thing you want to happen.

The answer to, “What home theatre receiver should I buy?” depends on your setup, the amplification, size of the room, and desired features.

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CHANNELS

Before choosing a receiver, or even buying speakers, you need to decide how many channels (speakers) you will be using, and whether you would want to add channels in the future.

For example, it might be a wise idea to buy a 9.2 or 7.2 receiver, rather than a 5.1 receiver, if you think you might want to expand your system in the future. (Click here to learn how to set up a 7.1/7.2 system.)

With the new Dolby Atmos standard, you may also want to consider purchasing an Atmos-compatible home theatre receiver. Klipsch will be offering speakers with built-in Atmos or separate toppers that provide Atmos support for your existing speakers.

AMPLIFICATION

Paul W. Klipsch stood by four principles when making speakers: high efficiency, low distortion, controlled directivity, and flat frequency response. To this day, we design speakers this way.

The high efficiency is a product of our unique horn-loaded speakers creating more sound with less distortion. (Click here to learn more about how horn loading works.) This means that Klipsch speakers do not need as much power to work properly and sound great.

Of course, it is still possible to under-power your speakers. If you start to hear distortion from your Klipsch speakers, you need to turn down the volume immediately, as it could irreparably damage them.

INTERPRETING RECEIVER SPECIFICATIONS

Klipsch lists the RMS rating for all its speakers. You can find it on the specifications page under “Power Handling.”  Remember that the power amplifier output you select must be rated for the nominal impedance of the loudspeaker. In the case of the Reference R-28F, its RMS rating is 150 W and its nominal impedance is 8 Ω.

The way Klipsch states their specifications is as follows: 150 W per channel into 8 Ω (20-20 000 Hz) at 0,08% THD, with all channels driven.

If the receiver manufacturer uses another rating, like (1 kHz) or 1 channel driven, you should be aware that this is not a true rating and that you cannot use if for comparison purposes; you would have to look for the rating that matches the one listed above.

Unfortunately, there is no exact way to convert all of these measurements to our specifications. If you have any questions about your receiver’s ability to power our speakers, please contact Klipsch customer service at 1-800-KLIPSCH. Please be ready to provide the brand, model number, and listed specifications of your receiver.

ROOM SIZE

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a home theatre receiver is determining how much power you really need for your room’s size.

The more watts, the more easily a speaker will fill up a room. So, if you have a larger room, go for a receiver that has a higher wattage. If you have a smaller room, you can select a receiver that is closer to the lower end.

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FEATURES

There may be a variety of receivers that fit the power rating that you need to properly drive your speakers. This means you can then narrow down your options by deciding what features you want in a receiver. Typically, the most important features are the number of inputs like HDMI, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth, etc.

HOME THEATRE RECEIVER BRANDS

We do not prefer a certain brand of receiver over another. Why?  Because there are a lot of options out there and we do not want to pick favourites. The feature set should be the deciding factor in choosing between receivers that offer the same amplification.

WARNING

This is a disclaimer. It is entirely possible to damage a Klipsch speaker by under-powering it. Power handling depends on the type of input signal, and the user – not the manufacturer – controls the actual input signal that is used. Clipped signals are a death sentence to speakers, even if the clipping occurs in the mixer, equaliser, or other signal processors.