Originally Posted by jlpowell84
It's not just about getting louder. My Denon 3313 does 125 a channel at 2 channels driven. It does about 80 with all 7 driven. Adding an amp is for two reasons for me. 1st, taking some of the load off of my receiver and overall health of the unit. 2nd, I have read all about you guys talking about amps only adding db increases but I beleive it adds to the performance of the speaker, the sound. Once you power amplify speakers, in my opinion, it's just different fuller sound. Many will disagree but whatever...
Clearly what we need is a Celebrity Deathmatch between audiophiles who believe that 2 watts sound better coming from a 200 watt amp thatn a 20 watt amp and audiophiles who believe that since they don't really use all that much power, the simpler, lower powered, no -more-than-2 amplification devices per channel amps sound better. Not SET users but the foks for whom Musical Fidelity made the under 40 watt A1.
Maybe Anthony Michaelson of MF could fight against his doppelganger, since he's on record often as saying that high power is needed, not to make the quiet passages sound different, but to actually reproduce the dynamics of uncompressed classical recordings. IIRC, he described a test in which he recirded a string quartet, then played back via large B&Ws in the same space, finding he needed 500 watts to reproduce the peaks produced by the quartet at the listening position. From which one might take the conclusion that Mr. Michaels was shamelessly pandering to a vocal audiophile group with whom he disagreed in building the A1. LIkely true, and the very defintion, IMO, of appropriate marketing strategy for a manufacturer who seeks to, uh, make money rather than get good reviews then go bankrupt. Find a niche and fill it.