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I have an Anthem MCA 20 amp (made by Paradigm) connected to my Studio 100's. While not a Bryston it would compare favourabley with the Rotel and B&K if not better. Brand new it should price in near your $1000 limit. I paid $1400CDN for mine. Your speakes should be able to handle it unless you are fond of turning your system on at volume 10 (11 if you are a Spinal Tap fan). If I had the coin I would probably go with the Bryston or some other amp in that price range. On the whole though, I am pretty happy with my Anthem. It made a big difference from running the 100's from my Onkyo surround receiver, especially in the bass department and quiet background.
Anthem isn't made by Paradigm, but they do own them. I would suggest Anthem as well. Fantastic value. I would try to find a used Bryston before I went with a Rotel or a B&K. Anthem has such great value, I don't think I would look anywhere else.
As far as having too much power, I would never worry about that. If you find an amp with 200 wpc continuous, don't worry about over powering your speakers. I would much rather have too many watts than not enough.
Apparently the manufacturing facilites for both Anthem and Paradigm are all housed in the same building now. Anthem was Sonic Frontiers "value" solid state nameplate. Unfortunatley Paradigm has since discontinued making any of the Sonic Frontiers products and has retired the name. Sonic Frontiers was known for their well reqarded tube gear of which I have one of their Line 1 preamplifiers - very good pre and inexpensive on the used market on Audiogon. If you get one replace the tubes with some decent NOS and watch the WOW factor climb! As S7horton says I would look at the Anthem before the Rotel/ B&K. A good quality North American made product. Another nice feature on the Anthem is the auto-on ability - once it detects a signal then it powers on. You can also use a trigger to power up or leave it powered all the time as some like. This amp is also available in two and five channel configuration. Hope this helps. Good luck on you search.
As I used to have the Studio 60v2 speakers with a Denon 3802 and had asked the same question. The most common amps that were recommended were the Bryston (3B-ST or 4B-ST) and Rotel (RB 1080). I eventually went with the Bryston 3B-ST. Then came the 4B-ST, then came new speakers, then I sold the Denon and bought a Sonic Frontier Line 2 SE preamp...
Hello, my name is David and I am an audioholic.
Bryston is your best bet in the $1000 range. Try looking for a 4Bst, this will probally cost you $200 or more used but it is worth every extra penny spent. Every piece of Bryston equipment comes with a 20 year transferable warranty, which makes buying their used gear a much easier decision.
good luck, kek
The Bryston stuff is very good as they say, it all depends on what price you are willing to pay.
I am still using my old surround receiver with L-R pass through on my Line 1 pre. The receiver powers only the center channel and the rears. Works pretty good and is almost adequate for my needs - I have the same problem as David. As a small benefit of using the outboard amp for front L-R you will have a little extra power available through your receiver to power your other channels.