A little background: I listen to music several hours every day. I listen to many types of music, but prefer my rock and metal tunes as loud as my equipment will bear. My equipment is old and pathetic (see below):
An ancient Technics A/V receiver (80wpc in stereo mode) at least 17 years old
JVC DVD player (for CD listening)
Apple iPod Classic (Apple Lossless to listen to converted CDs, do not buy songs from iTunes)
Athena LS-500 loudspeakers (recently replaced my beloved Advents that I was very happy with)
Pretty pathetic, I know, but the new loudspeakers introduced two new problems:
1. The top end is very strident and annoying, to the point of greatly reducing the treble knob on the receiver. This mutes other parts of the music and bothers me greatly. I tried changing speaker cables and interconnects to Monster Cable with no appreciable change.
2. Though the Athenas are not particularly inefficient, my old receiver cannot reach the output levels I was used to with the Advents. The volume knob runs out of steam a little after 12:00, with virtually no gain as a crank it up.
After doing some reading, the Athenas are somewhat well regarded budget loudspeakers, but I am afraid they are revealing the shortcomings of my other gear in ways the Advents did not. I have a budget limit of approximately $750 and am looking for a solution that will get my output levels back and reduce the harsh top-end.
Thanks for any help you can provide.