Thanks for taking a look, got a puzzler here and looking for opinions....
We just rented a house about an hour outside NYC to see if we liked country living. It's a lovely place, except for a lot of things
One of them is the electricity. I have a big-butt 5-ch Rotel RMB-1095 power amp and an Integra DHC-80.1 as the pre-pro. They're overkill for this application, as this system is now being used for 2-channel only, driving a pair of NHT 3.3s (which I love to death but need juice), with a disc player and turntable as the only sources (so far).
The electricity on the floor with this audio system is theoretically up to date (I didn't say good), robust enough to run a pellet stove 24/7, which is the only source of heat on the floor.
Problem is, there seems to be only one circuit -- certainly only one AC outlet within reach of the audio gear -- and when I turn on music to audible levels, the power amp immediately goes into protect mode and cuts out. Communication from Rotel tells me that with a big amp like the RMB-1095 there are potential issues with not enough AC on the line as it tends to draw "quite a bit of current" and if there are several other devices on the same AC line, the amp becomes starved for current and is shutting down. Certainly seems to be the case.
I'm considering replacing the amp with a Class D amp, which in theory should draw only a fraction of the same current. Audio purity aside, does this sound like a solution that would work?
Any thoughts appreciated -- we'll be here a year at least and I'd hate to be without hi fi....