Onkyo Digital Integrated Amps


I am trying to decide between the 9555 and the A-5VL digital amps. My question is: What will drive a pair of B&W 602s3 bookshelf speakers better. The 9555 is 80 watts and has a dampening factor of 20. The A-5VL is rated at 45 watts but has a dampening factor of 60. Will the A-5VL have enough to push my speakers?? I would prefer that unit because it had a built-in dac.
mik971
It depends on the size of your room, how close you sit to the speakers and the volume you prefer. I don't know the prices of the Onkyo products, but I'd consider a NAD integrated, an external DAC and a subwoofer.
I have not seen the measured data on the 602s, but would, based on the rest of the B&W line recommend a good amp capable of driving lower impedance and high phase angle loads. The 9555 has gotten terrific press, is available at discount and can drive such loads.
Bob's rec makes sense, too, though Rotel is sometimes associated w/B&W. They are corporate cousins.
There are enough differences between NAD and Rotel to make a listen a MUST.
I listen to my system from about 7 feet away, in a condo at low to moderate volumes. I am a little weary of NAD products because of reliability and have owned Rotel in the past. I prefer smooth sound over hyper-detailed.. I would go with a sub and external dac but I am on a tight budget. How important is the dampening factor in driving speakers??
I wouldn't be too concerned about the damping factor. I wasn't suggesting a major purchase all at once, just suggesting items that could possibly improve your system.

I'm a big fan of subwoofers and your main speakers are bass light so a sub is an obvious consideration. But, the choice of integrated amp will determine how you can connect up a subwoofer. Neither Onkyo products will let you remove the bass from the 602s. That's why I suggest NAD.

What about an HK 3490? Appears to have a builtin DAC and 2-channel bass management for handling subs.
I have onkyo 9555 it sounds really good both with there cd player or marantz KI- PEARL cd player--with APERION SPEAKERS 533T---1METER FRY ON CD THERE SEEMS TO BE A MATCH
WITH WITH ONKYO N APERION--THEN TO REALLY PUT IT OVER THE TOP USE KIMBER 12 TC SPEAKER CABLE, ITS A GREAT MATCH.
THE ONKYO 9555 REALLY IS A GREAT BUY.