Hey Guys! Name's Brandon... LONG time reader, FIRST time poster.
<3 this website btw
I currently have a pretty random stereo system pieced together right now. Marantz Model 1515 hooked up to a pair of JBL Northridge 310's, and a Yamaha surround reciever I use as a pre-amp for my Cerwin Vega LW-15 subwoofer.
The Marantz is WAY under-powered for my JBL towers (rated 15wpc but it HAS to be higher than that), but will still make the mids pop for some reason ( clipping probably? ) Max recommended power for the towers is 250w apiece so they are not being pushed to hard at all. I was wanting to look into a receiver with less total harmonic distortion because I have read these towers need very clean power and almost no total harmonic distortion to not clip.
I have a possible chance to pick up a Rotel RB-985 for probably under $100, maybe under $50... then I would look for the matching pre-amp on ebay. I have read good reviews about the reciever and it seems to be a solid made amp with clean power. Would this amp be a good choice for my towers?
Any input would be awesome as I really respect your guy's knowledge on the subject.