Originally Posted by Patrick Butler
The amp in question is a Primare I21. These days I believe it sells for $1495. I have also used Rotel's excellent RA-1520 which sells for $1000 and has a whopping 60w per channel.
Bach Grand does not come with port plugs. If you want to determine if it will be a benefit to use, stick a t-shirt in the rear port. You can find manuals on our website at http://viennaacoustics.at/support/owners_manuals.php
Vienna Acoustics- North America
Apologies for following up so late. After reading your email, I did some research and ended up with a Marantz PM8004 on ebay. For a new model with MSRP of $1000, i got it at a steal for $600. Going into the purchase, my perception from reading forums is that Marantz and Rotel are comparable competitors so i felt i could not go wrong. Indeed the Marantz turned out to be a significant improvement over the HK3490 which i had earlier.
However, as happens, I have been reading a lot about preamppros+amp separates and whenever i have posted question on forums and other dealer sites (including rotel, crutchfield, audioemporium), I uniformly receive the feedback that the Bach Grands deserve amps that can deliver at least 200 watts per channel. Now we are talking about respectable manufacturers that do not hide their watts (Marantz, Rotel, NAD , CA etc). So it leads me to wonder if i am not getting the best sound out of my Marantz. I have to say that the PM8004 sounds really good (except the bass seems a little less) and officially it drives 100 watts per channel at 4 ohms. Would i really get better quality sound if i went for something that delivers 200 watts per channel to these speakers? or is this mostly nitpicking? I dont care that much about high volumes as i care about range, soundstaging etc.
Just to give you some more info, I have been thinking about the Rotel 1552/Parasound A23 among amps and NAD 375bee/CA 840a among integrateds.
Thanks again for your time.