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I have just bought a a pair of B&W 804 (as fronts), plus a HTM-4 center plus two 805s as surrounds (surround backs are a pair of KEF KHT 2005s) allbeing driven with a Marantz 7002 AVR. I am planning on adding a power amp to get a bit more oomph from the system. The choices are:


1) A Rotel RMB-1066 (6 by 60 WPC) bridged for 150 WPC for the front three channels or

2) RMB-1075 for the five B&Ws at 120 WPC


I have no previous experience of separates and have no idea which config will give me better sound, giving more power to the full size fronts and using the AVR to drive the rest or driving all main chanels separately. I could a at a stretch buy two 1066s or use a 1066 in conjunction with the 1075 biamping the front three channels. What would you guys recommend?
 

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I would say use either one. I had a RMB-1066 at on point driving Paradigm Mini Monitors/CC and then Studio 40's/CC at 3x150w and it sounded excellent.
 

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When in doubt, always buy whatever has more power. You should check out the Emotiva XPA series as they offer loads of power for a good price.
 

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I recommend the 1075 over the 1066 because bridging an amp - the amp cannot handle loads that dip below 8 ohms where the 1075 can handle dips to 4 ohms quite easily. Also 150 watts is hardly that much more than 120 out of the 1075. If I were deciding between the two - it would be the 1075 no questions asked. Hope that helps. BUCK
 
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