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Hello friends,

 

I just spontaneously purchased some Bowers and Wilkins DM2000 last week. Honestly, I saw a photo of them on ebay and something just clicked, not at all my usual shopping style. But this is what I imagine when I hear the word "speakers".

 

So, now of course I am worried that my reciever is going to leave me wondering about needing more power.

 

While I await delivery, I'm hoping someone can comment on my Yamaha RX-V1800 ability to push them, and/or suggest something more appropriate, at a price that doesn't trigger my wife's attention.

 

Is the v1800's 140W a true and fair representation of its power?

 

Currently, I have Wharfdale 9.5 towers, and enjoy listening to them as loud as I can, relative to any particular situation, but haven't really gone full throttle on them. They tend to lose clarity as I approach -0db.

 

The few references I find to my b&W online, or to similar b&W spkr of that era, seem be unanimous in that they will eat as much power as you can give them, and crave more. Indeed, the b&W spec sheet gives a minimum Wattage, rather than the usual indicators.

 

What have I got myself into? Further down the rabbit hole? Or is this going to work out just fine?

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I don't know the amp you are refering too in terms of quality, but 140 wpc is decent grunt.  Why not just try it with your new speakers. You might be pleasantly supprised. If not...new amp it is then.

 

The B&Ws are a step up on the Warfies, so just enjoy the conundrum. I will leave it to others to advise what amps suit B&Ws.

 

 

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Well thank you for the response, yes, I will just have to wait. Both the reciever and the speakers have  protection circuitry so I am confident I can turn it up without hurting anything.

 

I also thought I could add a response of my own, once I typed it out I had a bit more clarity.

 

Stepping up to 8ohm resistance from 6 will help, so that's a good start.

 

And a power amp is the only way to take the load off the reciever and give the speakers a chance at full pelt, for my budget and needs. Also the Yamaha tends to run quite hot for an A/B so power amp might be a good idea anyway. Used market will provide me with something appropriate, I'm sure

 

Truth is, room treatment is probably the smartest move from here, if I am intent on listening to loud complex music, along with a larger power envelope to preserve my reciever and keep the speakers fed.

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