BEL 1001 MkIV Power Amp/Soundlab Speaker Synergy?



This question is directed to who have or have heard a pair of BEL amps driving large Soundlab speakers. I have a pair of BEL 1001 Mk IV (soon to be Mk V) and am wondering if these amps could be used to power a pair of the larger Soundlab speakers (A-1/M-1/U-1) to >95 dB levels?

Thanks,
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Isn't the BEL a 50W amplifier? I am going by memory here but, I believe the Sound Lab impedance curve ramps up quite a bit with frequency (or maybe it is with lowering frequency). In either case, a 50W amp may run out of voltage (therefore power) since these amplifiers are generally rated at 8 ohms output impedance. In other words, a 50 watt amp at 8 ohms may only output 25 watts at 16 ohms. It is the rising characteristic that can bite you however, this is likely to only be a problem if the rising impedance is with lowering frequency.

The amplifier spec sheet states the output in stereo mode (1 amp) as 50 watts into 8 ohms, 100 watts into 4 ohms and 400 watts into 1 ohm. In mono block configuration each amps is rated at 200 watts per channel (the resistance is not stated, but I assume it is 8 ohms). I know that to achieve high SPLs (>95 dB) Soundlab speakers need amplifiers with high current capability. A couple of years after purchasing my BEL amps, an audio dealer in Houston who carries BEL (did not buy mine from him) told me the BELs are very high current amps, he said that he thought "there was about a 60 amp in-rush upon powering up the amps". I am not exactly sure what that means. I do remember that before installing two dedicated 20 amp lines, on several occasions when I powered up the amps at essentially the same time the 15 amp breaker tripped.
BEL AMPS ARE GREAT ! MY BEL 2002 ( 2 X BEL 1001 IN ONE BOX ) SOUNDED GREAT ON MY A-1 UNTIL I BORROWED MY FRIEND'S BERNING ZH-270. IF MY BONUS CHECK IS FAT ENOUGH, I MAY CONSIDER UPGRADING FROM A SINGLE ZH-270 TO A PAIR OF BRIDGE ZH-270 FOR MY A-1. DROP ME A LINE IF YOU WANNA AUDITION THE DAVID BERNING ZH-270.
High current is not the only important spec in an amplifier. A good example is the Innersound amplifier. It addresses both high current requirements and high rail voltage requirements (required to maintain high power into rising impedances). Forget about the inrush current. It only means that there is quite a bit of bus capacitance. This is good mind you but, not the only feature that matters.

In the bridged mode you amplifier is likely not spec'd into 4 ohms or less as the amp will not be happy continuously driving power into impedances this low - distortion will be heading north. But, the bridged mode is probably the best mode for the SL due to its impedance characteristics. In the bridged mode you will have decent current output capability coupled with the ability to better drive higher output impedances.

By the way, BEL's are excellent amplifiers. I would stay away from the tricky switchers. I never liked them on SL's (at least the ones that I have tried).