Also, I'm 99% sure of running 2 monoblocks. Any comments on trying to run 4 monoblocks?
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Hello Jasonw01, I owned those same speakers a little over a year ago and drove them with a pair of Krell MDA 300 monoblocks, (albiet older Krells), but I couldn't believe how much punch and slam I got out of my 111e's. I think you would do well with Krell mono blocks and there are always lots and lots of Krell amps to choose from right here on A-gon. Remember, your MBL 111e's can handle ALOT of continuous power and love it when they get it. They seem to open up and come alive the more "juice" you feed them. At least that was my impression. Try to find some "newer" Krell monoblocks as I believe the older stuff may require some service and upgrades due to age. I had to pump several thousand bucks into my MDA300's after about 10 years as output devices don't last forever and Krell runs hotter than hell, (at least the older stuff did). I sold my Krells and moved to B.A.T. VK600se mono blocks about 2 years ago. I like the B.A.T. very much and find them to be smoother and less fatigueing on the upper end. (just my opinion). But I find the B.A.T. to be a strong contender with boatloads of horsepower (600 watts @ 4 ohm). Good luck to you.
Martinmobile, I just wanted to compliment you on your friendly, helpful, and informative post. I wish I saw more posts like this in all the audio forums and sites. If only more audiophiles communicated like you, this pursuit would be simpler and more fun... I don't even own MBL's but I had to say something.
I wouldn't bother with the Emotiva amps. They are a lot of bang for the buck but your speakers are highly resolving and will likely show the amps shortcomings. MBL speakers like a lot of power. I would look for something in the 200wpc range and up. I have read they sound their best with solid state as well. The best match would be MBL amps but they are very expensive.
If you have MBL speaker, its best to match with MBL amps. I know everybody try to find a cheaper way, but you wouldn't buy a Lexus w/michelin tires and later on replace it with a cheaper Radial tires just to save some bucks. Its just a thought. I saw you have other questions on some other threads but for me, MBL is it. You can't go wrong with MBL. Not only it sound phenomenal, but it look OUT OF THIS WORLD! Good luck on your search and let us know what you end up with.