The sensitivity of the 2CE's is in the high 80's, 86 or so. You'll need some power to get em running at their best. I'm running a 200 watt Anthem amp and it's just enuff. How much power in the Rotel?
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I had a pair that I powered with a Bryston 4B rated at 250wpc that really played into the strengths of the Vandy's- clean fast bass response. You can use a 100 wpc amp but unless it is a nice tube amp I think you will be leaving alot of the Vandy's great sounding bass on the table. I originally powered them with a 60 wpc tube amp and they sounded great, I had no problems at all. When I went to the Bryston they really started to sing. I think they are a great speaker and If you drive them with some good clean power they will reward you with music that sounds like it comes from a much more expensive speaker. I'll second what Timrhu wrote- the Vandy's are VERY sensitive to placement, front to back tilt also. Take your time and you will be rewarded.
They are big, heavy and not particularly stylish, but if you can work around that they will make some great music. Good like with yours.
I liked mine best with my Quicksilver M60s or mid monos. Those are pretty beefy 50-60 watt tube amps and they seemed to drive them just fine. The bass was a little fat but I usually like that. I tried a McCormack DNA 125 and Classe DR6 and didn't like them as much in my system. I always came back to the lower power tube amps over the moderately priced higher-power SS.
Wyldelee,I have a pair of 2ce,run with a NAD c372.I also have a pair of Polk Lsi15,run with the same NAD.I also run both sometimes with a 'pro' amp,300wpc.Just my story, (but I'm sticking to it)but ImhO,the Polks best the Vandersteen by an appreciable margin.(Yes,I know there is a volume difference due to 4ohm,as opposed to 7ohm difference when quick a/b switching for comparison using the NAD.That said for benefit of any flamer 'Vandy' owners.I also run them both through 2 separate 300wpc 'pro' amps,with the NAD as pre,wherby I can level match them.The Polks win the match hands down.Just sayin'.It is undeniable with top quality cd's as to the better sound between the 2.Several people have indulged me to listen to the comparison,and all have picked the Polks as superior.I have both pair as optimally placed as possible in my space,after much work. the difference is not the set up.
Agree with the above posters that your current amp ought to be fine to start, as the Vandies are pretty easy to drive--but the C372 is a great amp and a great match with them. I'm using that combo and love it, though I originally drove them with the C325BEE; it worked OK (at 50 watts per channel), but they really opened up, top to bottom, when I fed them more power. It's possible to get the C372 for around $800 new, which makes it a great value--just like the Vandersteens.
Dseid,I re-read my response,searching (in vain as it turns out)for where I stated that I was a "Vandy hater". I don't know of any objects that I 'hate'.Certain people, now thats a different story.At any rate I don't hate you for criticizing me.I was merely offering my experienced opinion.Also I notice that, as of yet,the o.p. has not seen fit to scold me.I wish you a very pleasant evening,sir,........d4w.
P.S Dseid.The o.p. also had, per his post, not yet bought the 'Vandies'.My intent at the time was to mention that,since the Polks are in the same price range,he might find it useful to take a listen to Polks.And lest you feel overly offended by a critisism of Vandersteens,you should read the multitude of critics of Polks.Yet,as I have read numerous comments about Polks,even though I feel certain some of the posters have never heard them,or at least not in a proper setting with adequate power,I have not once posted a strident rebuke of a poster.Best to you,sir,........D4W.
I don't think Double4w sounded like a Vandy hater (are there any? really?) but I kinda agree that in the context of the OPs question suggesting other speakers can (not in this case, I don't think) be a shill tactic. I no longer own Vandersteen, but was a very long time use of the 3A Sig and for the money, I don't there you can do much better, a very fine speaker indeed.
Dseid,apology accepted.I actually consider the 2ce very good speakers,not that I am a 'qualified' audiophile,however.I do know what sounds good ImhO.I have heard a myriad of speaker brands and models.To you and Pubul57,I apologize for offending your sensitivities as to offering advice where none as to speakers was requested.If the op had already had the 'Vandy' I would certainly not have mentioned the Polks.I assure you both,I am no shill.I periodically,as opportunity arises,continue to search for speakers that are affordable to by means,which best the Polks by a significant margin.I have heard many,most more pricey,and am still looking.
best to you both,D4W.