Originally Posted by colourking
My current setup is RSX-1057, Dyn Focus 220 Fronts, Center, NHT rears(to be replaced with Focus soon) and Denon 2910 DVD player. The setup works great but I believe I can throw lot more power at the Dyns. I looking for suggestions on amplifiers that would compliment my current setup. The options I can think of are
1. 2 Channel amplifies for the fronts - Considering Rotel RB 1080, Anthem MCA20 and ARCAM P90. Should I be considering RB 1070 its have the price of 1080 for reduction of 70W in power. Also 1080 has Damping Factor of 1000 to its advantage, does it really matter? What's y'alls suggestion? I have seen many members suggest Parasound, Krell, Sherbourn, etc. Which one will go with 1057 and will last when I replace it with proper pre-amp.
2. 3 ch amp for fronts and center. - Considering ARCAM P90/3 and MCA30. Does the 75w produced by 1057 sufficient to power the center. Any suggestions for 3x amp is welcome.
3. 5ch amp - I am not sure but I am willing to consider this. What about Rotel Class D amp?
I general would like to know how 1057 would perform as a pre. I have auditions lined up for all the above but would love get your suggestion because that is how I got the current setup and I am happy with it.
I would audition as many amps as possible with your speakers. When I listened to amps I took my Contour's with me as the dealer did not have Dynaudio. So if your demoing I think it's important to at least try and listen on Dnaudio's if you can, or see if the dealer will let you in home demo a piece or two. My thoughs on the amps I listened too.
Bryston VS Rotel.
3BST vs RB1080 same shop A/B comparison
Both amps were good however I prefered the Bryston. With the setup I listened too I noticed the Bryston was more open overall and had better bass response. It also appeard to have more headroom on demanding musical passages than the Rotel did. The Rotel did a fine job, it just seemed to havea mechanical edge that to my ear would be fatiguing over time. With that said I personally would NOT use anythign less than the 1080 if in fact you did like the Rotel sound. The Dyn's just love the power. I am only running 3 sets of bookshelf Contour's and I find myself wanting to upgrade from my 3BST to a 4Bst or SST.
I have also listened to the Dyn.'s on Integra Research (BAT) and McIntosh. While they were both fine amplifiers, their price point did not offer enough of an advantage over the Bryston for me to warrant spending that much scratch.
As you can see I liked the Bryston. I would not say it is perfect, but it is a damn solid amplifer for the money, especially if you are willing to shop the used market! I would consider the Bryston 5BST or Lexicon NT312 they are the SAME amplifier and are 3 channel. The 9BST or Lexicon NT512 5 channel, or multiple 3 or 4 BST's.
As for your pre-pro. Ditch the receiver! While you may be "happy" with it you can get SO much more from your setup. I would strongly consider the NuForce AVP 16 for a pre-pro. Again in this realm I have heard the Rotel pieces and while good, they just did not do it for me.
I post all of this as my opinion, I encourage you to listen for yourself and let your ears decide, but that's my .02 and best of luck to you in your search! Let us know what you wind up with.