I have large Cerwin Vega Vs Series speakers that were sold to me with a Sony STRDE-925 receiver that it keeps burning up the amps on. The receiver has a 4/8 switch which I've used in the 4 position. The unit sounds good in stereo and surround (with Advent center and rear) and no sub. Would a sub help keep the load off the main amps? Is there a surround capable receiver for less than $500 or so that I could buy that would sound good or should I get a stereo receiver and a surround processor? How much would the speakers be worth to sell or trade? I am pretty much broke right now so money is an issue. I'm laid up waiting for surgery. Still need my music! I've tried this post numerous times in "receivers" but never can reply or get any replies. I did get one in my email, but it says not to reply. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. It shows that I have replied to the one response that I got, but doesn't show up when I click on it. Where am I screwing up? ARRGH!!!
as i recall, most big CV's are very efficient speakers (a'la klipsch, high 90's dB/w/m) and shouldnt require high power to create enormous sound. i also recall they are mostly 8ohm (nominal) speakers. so either you are playing these at obscene volumes or you have shorts in the crossovers (or your power supply is TERRIBLE).
a sub with the right receiver would pull LFE off the main speakers but is probably not the issue (unles you are doing behaviour 1 above)
if you are looking for a really good inexpensive receiver, see if you can find a used outlaw 1050. was $499 but now discontinued. they will be launching a new one soon to replace it, and supposedly it will have digital video switching (DVI)! no idea how much $ though.
The Cerwin-Vega speakers are 4 ohm. I will look into the suggestions you have given here. Thanks for all the replies. I assume that if I get a cheaper surround receiver with pre-outs that I can run those to the NAD and use it in combo when using surround. Thanks again for all your help. I changed to Mozilla browser and now see my own posts online.