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Home speakers 101

Learn about selection, placement, hookup, and more

Loren Barstow started at Crutchfield in 1999. After working a few years as a sales advisor, he moved on to become a writer and then an editor. He has written about televisions, Blu-ray players, speakers, and various other audio/video components.

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  • Michael from Hawley

    Posted on 8/28/2016

    I have a Denon avr x3200W. Is it okay to use speakers that are rated higher then the 105 watts per channel that the receiver puts out? I have a budget of about $1,000 for hopefully 2 towers, 4 surrounds, a center and a sub.

  • Joshua Crane from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/29/2016

    Michael, your Denon receiver is a workhorse and will happily power speakers that have a higher power rating. It's 4-ohm stable across all of its channels, so you can confidently use any speaker that you want within your stated budget. Check out Polk Audio and ELAC as two fantastic options for your new system. Feel free to give one of our Advisors a call if you would like some help putting together a package.

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