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Barnitz posted a topic in Receivers and AmplifiersHello, A friend and I are working on building a stereo system for our fraternity. So far, this is what we have: 2 Cerwin Vega VE-15's 2 Cerwin Vega E-712's 1 Sony STRDH520 receiver The receiver puts out 100 watts per channel, and is rated for 945w total over the 7.1 surround. The Sony will run 1 set of speakers pretty nicely without clipping when put in '2.1' Stereo mode. (Which I need help understanding, the VE-15s are rated at 400w, and the head unit is only rated at 100w/channel, so they are being under powered, right? Or is putting it in 2.1 splitting all 945w between the two channels?) I am looking into upgrading the head unit to something that can run all 4 speakers, and possibly a center speaker. (400w x 2 (VE-15s) + 300w x 2 (E-712's) + 150w? center speaker) I have tried a POS Pyle 'Pro' '1500watts' receiver, and was not happy and returned. I was dumb enough to try a 'Technical Pro', which I plan to return later this week. My question is this, is it time to move up to Pro-audio grade (Crown amp?), or is there a consumer grade receiver that can deliver what I am looking for? Just to throw a wrench in the gears, the budget is $300 for the head unit or amp Any and all ideas are welcome. The main things we are looking for are a system that can play loud and take abuse. Once it's hooked up it will not be moved. Thank you, Evan Edit for another question: Could we go from the Sony receiver to a smaller amp, then to the speakers to achieve more watts per channel?