Thanks for the replies.
The perfect amp would be a two channel amp, around 100W/channel @ 4 ohms (it will handle all four shakers at 4 ohms), and drop slightly to 75-80W at 8 ohms (two shakers).
I agree that the crown 202 is overkill, but I am looking for a solution here. I know that I could go get a "cheap" 200W stereo receiver, but I'm a little worried about the life of the receiver as most "cheap" consumer receivers aren't rated for 4 ohm work. I'd rather not want to waste the $100 bucks on something that is just going to bite it in six months because I overheated the power supply.
Plus, an extra receiver is kind of unattractive in the EQ rack, IMO. I agree that this is a minor concern, but I already have this setup in my family room down stairs (my old HT setup
) with my sub being powered by an old Sony receiver. I'd like something a bit more aesthetically pleasing for my dedicated HT.
Would I be wasting my money to get the crown? Would it work to have the crown power these and just keep the amp turned down (so I don't fry the shakers)? Is there another solution out there that I don't know of?