Originally Posted by akhter
Not sure what level you listen to, but when I listed at what i consider rock the house levels, I see the meters go above the 45w mark all the time. considering the next level is 450 watt it means that a 400wpc amp is the minimum i could consider for the 802d2 if you want good bass. maybe you cross over your speakers at 40hz?
the guy who has the mc2kw amps have the speakers on a massive room with double ceiling (atleast 22ft high) and the room was atleast 200 sq ft. he probably didn't 'need' more than the mc1.2k but whats another 800 watt at that level?
i myself was all set on the mc302 but the 452 sounded better to me so i got them instead.
phil speakers along with salk etc. are some of the ugliest speakers i have ever seen. they would never be in my living room regardless of what sound they produced
if i were to upgrade then i would want raidho or vivid speakers next. considering i spent the equivalent of a small BMW, not planning an upgrade for atleast 5 years. good thing is both b&w speakers and mcintosh amps hold value better than any other speaker or amps at the 2nd hand market.
Loud to me is a Peak 97dBC, but Average of about 85dBC on my digital SPL from 12ft distance.
A friend of mine says his MAC never goes above 1-2 watts and he has 802D. But he listens from 9ft distance. I suppose everyone listens to different volume and from different distance. If you listen from 15ft or 18ft, that would explain the increased power requirement even with the same perceived volume.
So the amp power requirement is dependent on the speakers, volume, and distance. Not everyone needs more than 100wpc, but some could use more. I just disagree when people make a statement like "All B&W or all 802D or all 800D need 400WPC". It's just silly. Obviously a lot of people who own 802 & 800 don't even use more than 5WPC.
B&W & MAC are beautiful and hold their value extremely well for sure.
Also agree that the B&W 802D2 look 100% better than any Salk or Phil aesthetically. But everyone sees differently. Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 1/30/13 at 6:00am