Thanks for all the replies!
AudioArchitect: Well, I did audition a number of speakers. Among those were the Silver and the Golds. Although the Golds were fed throug a Marantz SR5400 (90W into 8 ohms) receiver to me they sounded distinctly better than the Silvers. However that was at an amplifier setting of -25dB max and only two channels used. Because of the sound I would really like to have the Golds.
If I understand you correctly a dedicated amp, even when its output rating is not much higher than the Marantz, would be less current limited. Since every amp sounds different it's probably a good idea to have at least the mains and the center attached to the same amp. That's 3 channels minimum. So, I'm now looking at adding a Rotel RMB-1095 (5x200W into 8 ohms) which indeed appears to have a power consumption that exceeds 1kW. I could attach everything to the rotel or, in a 7.1 configuration, attach the surrounds to the Marantz. I cannot afford the whole package right now, so either I'd postpone the Rotel and restrain myself volume wise for the time being or keep saving and buy everything later, in which case I'm probably better off buying a Rotel processor instead of the Marantz receiver. There is also a nice 7 channel NAD, however I don't particularly like the stories about their breaking down a lot. I'm from Holland and therefore unfortunately cannot get my hands on an Outlaw Model 7700 (7x200W into 8ohms). I suspect 230V@50Hz models don't even exist, but it seems like a perfect candidate otherwise.
I'm very interested in your comments.
Originally Posted by AudioArchitect
If you are concerned about clipping or power compression most any receiver will not protect against this. It is very easy to clip an lower power receiver especially considering most are current limiting designs. You dont want to be replacing $400 tweeters are year or so.
The GS series is a flagship product from Monitor Audio and really requires an amplifier to run properly. The Marantz will play them, but they will not sound like the B&W killers that they are without a decent amp. If you dont want to invest the extra dough I would recommend the RS which is an incredible speaker and better matched with receivers.