Hi to all,
First time poster, I am new in the hi-fi world and on my way to building my first home stereo system along with my OH. After a couple of auditions, we are pretty much set on the Excite X36. They combine both sound and looks for our case!
The next step is to choose a nice amplifier. So far I've heard them with the Rotel RA-12 and the NAD 356BEE. The key difference that I could notice was that the bass was quite "loose" with the NAD, but it was much firmer with Rotel. (NAD is also disqualified by my wife due to its looks ) Basically I was quite satisfied with the Rotel during the audition, but I am worried if it is powerful enough to drive the X36.
Do you have any advice to offer? For budget and space reasons I am looking at integrated stereo amps.
Audio source will be a small HTPC I am planning to buy, so optical audio inputs would be nice to have (otherwise I need to get a separate DAC)
Music styles: pop, rock, jazz (and Greek bouzoukia... )
Living room size: 3.60m x 4.50m (~11.8ft x 14.5ft) (that will get bigger after a year or so, the speakers will live on much longer!)
Budget wise I can probably go up to €1000.
I am arranging a couple more auditions over the coming weeks, but any advice from the experts is more than welcome!