For the 6.1's any descent brands with at least 150 w/ch should do fine. I would start out with Audioadvisor for their sale, demo or B-stock items (Parasound, Adcom, etc.) for they do carry the original manufacturer warranty. Also check out AVS store's Sherbourne. Lastly will be places like Audiogon, Ebay or Ubid but you have to be careful with warranty, sellers' feedback & shipping.
This may sound dumb, but aren't the 6.1s rated at 50 to 200 watts? Wouldn't the speakers be damaged by amps more powerful than 200 watts? Just wondering. It seems like a lot of the amp makers put out two channel amps at around 120 wpc and then jump to 200 or 250.
A more powerful amp is actually safer for your speakers as it will be less susceptible to clipping at high levels. It is clipping that damages speakers, not sheer wattage.
Also, don't put a lot of stock in wattage numbers. There is no standard for measurement and many companies fudge numbers. You want an amp that's well built with large power supplies and high capacitance.
I would recommend amps made by well know manufacturers such as Adcom, Acurus, Carver, Harmon Kardon, and others. You can also check your local high-end shop as they will usually have a used room with trade-in gear that has usually been well cared for and you can sometimes find a bargain.
I would second the motion for going to ebay. I have bought my last 2 amps off there ( A 2 Ch. 200W THX cert. Parasound for $300 for my mains and an older carver for $280 which I use one channelf for my SVS). Haven't had any problems so far...
I use my EAD PM 1000 driving only the pair of 6.1 at volumes that have been very very high. The Divas sounded fine, the EAD handled it fine, my ears were getting short term hearing loss (seriously), so i dont listen to music as loud now.
Driving 2 channels the EAD does put out more than 200watts/channel i believe. The Divas have no problems with it i assure you.
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