03-13-05: Greg_lett Thanks all. I'm currently experimenting with 2 Rotel 120W amps. The perform much better that one 200W Rotel. So one amp per speaker is definitely better than one amp for two speakers.
I figured out that the key is having total channel separation. So I'm looking at mono blocks, two amps or a true dual mono amp.
The only dual mono amp in the Rotel line is the 1090 and that's HUGE! a bit more than I need. I also would rather not have two amps (less grief from the wife), so I'm looking at dual mono amps, and Musical Fidelity seem to have what I'm looking for at the right price.
I'm also trying my first B&W speaker. I purchased a used CDM7SE. If I like the sound I will move up the chain to the N804'S. I know Rotel matches up well with B&W, but as stated above the only dual mono is a beast. Greg_lett (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
03-22-05: Miner42 I currenlty use the B&W N804 (C series) with my Rotel components; RC-1070 & RB-1070. I recently bought the N804 for $1400 each NEW. I am very pleased with the setup & quality of sound. I am coming (upgrading) from a Denon AVR 881 & Polk Audio RT20p. Miner42 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
03-22-05: Rlb61 I'm currently using a Musical Fidelity A300CR power amp and Nu-Vista CD player with B&W N804s. Love the sound ... excellent results from top to bottom. I think Gregg lett is right about the dual mono configuration. The A300CR is a true dual mono amp with 225 wpc. Previously, I was using a Rotel RB1080 (200 wpc) which is NOT a dual mono piece of gear. Didn't like the sound at all, and felt the N804s weren't living up to their potential. The dual mono amp made a huge difference and really makes the B&Ws sing. Rlb61 (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)