Originally Posted by Jollygreenaudiophile2
I know that I'm reviving an old post but I kind of have the same questions cofn42 had. And I am wondering what he ended up doing. Is there anything better sounding than the RMB1095 anywhere near the same price point? someone mentioned that the RMB 1095 had rear casters. Is this true?
200 watts per channel, All channels driven is allot of headroom I think for an HT amp. And I just love my headroom!! Any other five channel amps that I should look into?
The Amp set-up that I'm angling towards currently is;
2 X Onkyo 2 channel, M-504's to bi-amp my main left and right speakers.
1 X Rotel 2 channel RB1085 to power my surrounds. "For listening to music in 5.1". But I may upgrade to another Onkyo M-504.
1 X Rotel RMB1095 to power my rear surrounds and center channel speakers and "maybe" 2 ceiling speakers.
1 X "As yet unspecified amp". For the two or four ceiling speakers for a finished 9.4.2 surround system!
Basically I'm wiring my HT with the versatility to have up to an 11.4.2 surround system that will play music well, "I love concerts". In stereo or 5.1/5.2 .
Any advice or thoughts? Help with my sanity?
So what I ended up with was another 1095 off of Audiogon. I used it for about 3 years and sadly, the damn thing just gave up the ghost on me a couple months back. Have not had it looked at, but what was happening is it just keeps tripping the protection sensor on 3 of the channels, they click on and off randomly so I am thinking something must be shorting out.
I just happened to be in Bestbuy for a new phone and while I waited for my screen protector top be installed I was trolling the A/V isle. Well low and behold they had a floor model Marantz 7055 on for a stupid cheap deal, and my wife urged me to snag it as I have had my dead 1095 collecting dust for a while now.
Figured worse case if it is not up to snuff then I could just return it, nothing lost.
The amp that dies was powering my highs and wides so it was too terrible being without.
I hooked the 7055 up and swapped all the connection from my rears, surrounds and center as it would be a much better test.
Well I will tell you this, I do not even notice the missing 60w per channel. And this thing sounds crystal clear in here. Honestly find the center channel to be a bit clearer personally. Could be all in my head, but dialog seems to sound a little crisper.
I love it so much I am considering maybe grabbing a Marantz 8077 down the line. But not sure I am ready to commit to giving up my 1090 for my mains.
And yes, the 1095 does have rear casters, it makes them SOOO much easier to rack, especially considering it weights nearly 100lbs.
Can't speak to the other things you are looking at, not really been following the A/V side of things since I got set up. But I am sure others can chime in.