as well as a Yamaha 7.2 receiver
After hooking them up, I noticed they don't get nearly as loud or have as much bass as I expected, and I can't figure out if this is just due to the speakers, the amp, or the size of the room.
I have to set the receiver to about -15db for normal TV listening levels. At 0db it's loud, but not omg loud and bass is barely present. I know I should probably add a subwoofer if I really want bass, but most reviews I read stated that a subwoofer is really not needed due to how much bass these put out.
The room is rather large, about 36' x 20'. However, my friend has a slightly smaller room, and he has some ~$100 polk bookshelf speakers with a polk center channel, also has a Yamaha receiver, and his speakers get MUCH louder than mine. His normal TV listening level is around -35db. For his cheaper, smaller bookshelf speakers to match my $600 towers at -35db for him and -15db for me tells me something has to be wrong. Any ideas on what it is, or do ELAC's just really not get loud at all?