swissmr wrote:warning question from not audio expert
Sony HTIB 1000w 5.1 Surround HTSS360 (purchased since had reciever with 3 hdmi and price)
looking at your 1000w 5.1 set I was wondering how much this set trumps my current one. I know yours is superior, just dont know how much. Would this be a night and day change or just a minimal upgrade?
Could I use my current Sony receiver or is that out of the question? I know what great audio should sound like, i visited an audio store in switzerland with 11k tower speakers. My ears have never before, or after heard such clarity, it was liked seeing HD for the first time. It ruined me now...my system was fine until I heard that.
Hello, Arin with Pinnacle speakers customer support here. We have reviewed the Sony website and looked at the specifications they provide for their system. We feel this is the most objective way for us to answer your question. We will first comment that Sony is not a speaker company, they are a broad based consumer electronics company making anything from HTIB to computers to TV's. So, from our 37 years experience, that means sometimes a product is exceptional and other times, not so much. Each item needs to be looked at for what it is. In this instance, we look at the weight of the products in the Sony System and do not need to go farther. The center channel weights less than 1 pound, the front left and right weigh 1 pound, and the subwoofer 6.6 pounds. Contrast that to our subwoofers of 25-30 pounds each and similar variances for the other speakers. This is extremely telling cause it means the enclosures in the Sony system are not designed to handle any real output. They will vibrate and distort at any reasonable volume levels. Build quality is extremely relevent for speaker performance. We Let the anvils ring! to pile on here, but the facts are either of our 5.1 systems will in fact be a night and day difference....It is not a real fair comparative as our systems are designed to compete in the $800-$1200 price levels, and they do. As to the receiver, it is rated @ 167 watts/channel x 5 at 3 ohms and with 30% THD.
At 8 ohms and low THD, we estimate the amplifier would be rated at 25-30 watts/channel. In our view, these specs are inconsistant with acheiving the best sonic performance from any speakers.......so we would recommend a different receiver for the best performance.