Musical Fidelity integrateds have very high wattage ratings, but what explains your desire for watts?
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I am thinking of getting a pair of Tyler Acoustics PD80's. They are a very efficient speaker but still need lost of power to push those four 15" subs at higher volumes. Tyler can install a pair of 1000 watt digital sub amps for $1200. I was looking for a high output integrate to drive the speakers alone without the internal amps. I am not real sold on "PRO" digital amps. I also have to keep the system clean. Those huge speakers are a hard enough sell with the wife!
Buy the way YES they are going in a very large room (32X32) with vaulted ceilings.
I found a link to a amp manufacturer that Ty used at a show a while back, but for the life of me I can't find it again. It was not a big name brand. It did however put out 600 watts into 4 homs.
All things considered, I would strongly advise you go for this $1200 option. OR ask Tyler what the quid pro quo is & purchase your own separate amp with electronic xover facility to drive 4x15".
Don;t worry too much about the "pro". And your room is large, very difficult to get coherent energy in so large a space. AND many women respond VERY positively to rhythm (which means midbass energy), so maybe a good thing?:)
I also have to keep the system cleanWhadya mean??
I agree with Greg. For that kind of power, the 1200 dollar option is a no brainer. I'm sure that Ty has tested different power amps and is happy with the option he offers.
You won't find an integrated that can compete with that. Even Musical Fidelity won't get you there. There latest and greatest integrated has somewhere around 630 wpc. Why anyone needs more than 300-400 is beyond me.
Ya, you guys are right. I should trust that Tyler chose an amp that he is happy with. He knows a hell of a lot more then me about this stuff. It is a good price for what you get.
I do like that Dussun V8i. I have read that it is a "warm and punchy amp". It should relay get those subs hitting hard. I'm not real big on the look, but I love the price!
Powered woofers almost always feature equalization and permit other adjustments, allowing adjustment to woofer output, crossover points, phase and even crossover slopes on some models. In addition, more and more of them use Class D circuits (frequently, the ICe module), which seem particularly adept at controlling woofer cones. Thus, despite all the cubic feet you have, four 15" drivers move a lot of air and, assuming the powered woofers do feature equalization, you will definitely benefit from the adjustability they will allow.
As for standard amplifiers, even very high powered ones, they offer no adjustability and the only means to vary woofer output will be through varying the location of the speakers in the room and by using room treatment.
More importantly, if you do not have to worry about powering the woofers, you can choose an amplifier of low to moderate power to drive the midrange and tweeter drivers. Because of the many transistors in the case of a high-powered solid-state amp or all of the tubes in the case of a high powered tube amp, high-powered amps tend to lack transparency and "magic" compared to lower powered amps. As an example, one of the reasons the darTZeel amp is so good is because each channel uses only a single pair of transistors. In short, if you have very power-hungry speakers, then a big amp becomes a necessity, but if you have the luxury of not needing a lot of power, you can go with a much smaller amp that will have superior resolution and finesse (among other advantages: a smaller amp uses less electricity, has fewer parts to break, is generally less expensive to buy and is easier to resell if you decide to sell it).
At the end of the day, listen to Ty, as he is the expert regarding his speakers and he will want you to choose components that will make his product sound best.