Increasing power (headroom) to mains

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  1. Bob-N

    Bob-N Supporting Actor

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    Hey all,
    Just wanted to get some suggestions on amps to increase power to my mains. I'm about 60/40 HT/music.
    My current set up:
    Rotel 1066 pre/pro
    Rotel 985mk2 5ch 100w/ch amp
    B&W CDM1NT mains
    B&W CDMCNT center
    B&W 600 S3 rears
    SVS 20-39pc
    Panny RV31K dvd player
    My original thought is to go for the gusto and move up to Rotel's flagship amp, the 1095. Then I looked at my space constraints and pocket book. Tight squeeze either way. Also, I think for my movie listening habits, 100W for the center and surrounds are fine.
    What piqued my interest was Outlaw's new m-blocks which are only 1.75" tall, 200W, two would be about 4" (they probably have feet) and would fit well in the space left in my entertainment center. At $498 plus shipping, plus an auto on feature, it looks good on paper.
    Then I looked at Rotel's 1080 (200W stereo amp) at about 5.25" and it would probably fit. Figured about $600 used, $800-900 (street) new. Nice thing about the Rotel is that it will match my other amp as well as my current pre/pro. However, I'm sure I'll be upgrading my pre/pro eventually so that's not a huge factor for the future. I would probably classify it as short term WAF.[​IMG]
    So overall, my limitations would be the space in my entertainment center (about 5") as well as budget at $500-600. Eventually, I'll be moving up to the power hungry Nautilus line and want to have the extra headroom for now and the future. Would like to move up to about 200W/channel. If I can get more power w/o sacrificing quality and my budget, I'm open to suggestions.
    Thanks for the input.
    Bob
     
  2. DanaA

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    Outlaw has the new Model 200 coming out and are taking preorders now. It's rated at 200 watts/channel into 8 ohms and its price is set at $299. If you go to their site, it looks amazingly streamlined in size.
     
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    Right, that's what got me thinking about increasing my power to my mains. Not the typical monoblock format. I'm on the waiting list for two.

    Bob
     
  4. Shane Martin

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    I may be in the minority and opening this thread up for a threadfart from the nonbelievers but here goes:

    I wouldn't suggest another manufacturer for amps because of my personal belief that they don't sound the same. This change in tonal quality will be noticable and I wouldn't advise it.

    I would buy a 200wpc rotel since you like their sound already and be done with it.
     
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    Shane,

    I'm not sure if amps are amps (*ducking head*) either, but that's definitely a consideration. I am planning to do a head to head comparision with 2 ch music when the Outlaw m-blocks. I'll home audition a 1080 during my 30 day trial period for the Outlaw units.

    Thanks for the input.

    Bob
     
  6. Shane Martin

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    Then again you may prefer the outlaw sound and could sell your multichannel to replace it with another outlaw to match.
     
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    Bob,
    I have a Rotel 1055 which I'm using as a preamp along with a 985mkII also. Its a sweet combo. I have the 1055 powering the center backs.
    Im in the same boat as you and am getting the 1070 amp for Christmas to power my mains.[​IMG] I have all Klipsch speakers(KG 5.2's, 4.2's, 2.2v, and KSB 3.1's). I was thinking about the 1080 but I really like the Klipsch sound and with their efficiency I don't need the the extra 70 watts of the 1080.
    My local Rotel dealer can let me have the 1070 for $600, the 1080 is $900. Choice of black or silver.
    I also happen to have SVS subs too, gotta luv em.
    Let us know what you decide
    Earle
     
  8. Bob-N

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    Earle,

    Rotel/SVS = best values in HT. Outlaw is pretty good also but I'm not as familiar with their amps. Their 950 is a $900 pre/pro to me, I don't like it's sound. Great features though if you like the sound.

    I'll post my impressions once I can get a hold of the Outlaw units.

    BTW, my leftover space in my entertainment center is only 4" and now I'm leaning towards the Outlaw unit....but we'll see.

    I will post my impressions in a month or two.

    Bob
     

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