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Question Anthem STR vs Benchmark AHB2

I'm leaning toward purchasing a pair of KEF R11 speakers (8 Ohm, 90 dB sensitivity). I'm considering the following equipment and looking for feedback. Additionally, I'm considering pairing an Anthem STR preamplifier for 2.1-channel processing. Will then be leveraging the Home Theater passthrough of the preamp for 5.1 surround -- surround processor yet to be determined (preferred eARC compatible -- open to suggestions).

a) Option A: Anthem STR Amplifier (400 Watts/channel into 8 Ohm, 121 dB Sensitivity) vs 2 Benchmark AHB2 amplifiers configured as separates in mono (380 Watts/channel into 8 Ohms, bridged mono, 135 dB Sensitivity)

b) Option B: Go with either Anthem STR Integrated Amp+Premap (200 Watts in 8 Ohm, 114 dB Sensitivity), or, a single Benchmark AHB2 amplifier (100 Watts into 8 Ohms, 132 dB Senstivity, +Anthem Preamp).

c) Something else?

Mostly interested in the perceived sonic differences (if any) between the various options with the paired speakers. Additionally open to other suggestions. Thanks!
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I’m not sure how amplifiers have sensitivity ratings....

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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I’m not sure how amplifiers have sensitivity ratings....
Typo -- suppose to be SNR (not sensitivity)
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@jm4411 you should have posted this over in the 2 channel forum you would have seen this, perfectly timed just for you :-)

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