Originally Posted by drummerguy1584
I'm considering getting a set of XQ40's in the near future and had a dumb question or two. I'm considering running them with a Marantz 6003 A/V receiver that puts out 100W per channel. The XQ40's are rated up to 200W. My question is this; will the Marantz receiver be sufficient to power these or do I need to consider bi-amping or possibly another receiver? I'm really liking what I have read about Marantz and if its sufficient, would love to stick with it.
I heard XQ40 and are superb speakers for music (and homecinema). Unfortunately I could not aford them...
I'll share with you my experience because I consider it is similar with what you desire.
I have Kef iQ7 driven by NAD T765 with 70Wpc. I bought this set-up when I had little experience in audio stuff and for a short period I was happy with what I had.
After a while I decided that (compared with other systems I've heard) mine was lacking some serious bass power. I invested in cables but after a while I settled down considering that I did my best with the system and that's it.
Several month ago my receiver suffered a fault an I took it to repair. The dealer, kind enough, gave me a stereo amplifier for couple of days. It was Anthem Integrated 225.
I hooked it with my Kefs and WOW what a difference! The raw power from this amplifier drove the Kefs with incredible authority and sonic performance!
Unfortunately again, I could not afford the amplifier either, so back to my receiver, but with one adjustement: I use a Harman-Kardon HK-680 (bought it cheap on second hand market) as a power amplifier to drive my fronts and I am much more satisfied with the over-all sound.
My advice to you will be to consider a more powerfull receiver or a power amplifier for the XQ40