Originally Posted by liamstrain
The speaker has MUCH more to do with the quality of the sound than any amplifier of sufficient power ever could (amplifier distortion on any modern solid state amp is close enough to zero to be a non-issue). It makes zero sense to spend 2x the price of the speaker on amplifiers. Ever.
You can also get a LOT of amp for the dollar these days - either in vintage gear, or new. There is no reason to break the bank as a matter of course. Definitely get a good amp, but a good amp is not necessarily an expensive amp.
Of course, the speaker defines the sound. I agree with you and I will not argue anything since I suppose you are much more experienced. However, if you look at a lot of systems you will see that their amplification could be more expensive (maybe not 2x, but even that happens).
This thing is bothering me big time to be honest. I spent hours searching for a suitable power amp for the B&W 685s (around 100 W/channel). Honestly 850 CHF (like 900 USD) is way way too much for a Rotel. If you have any suggestions, please.
Oh, I just realized. To disprove your point that amps twice the price of the speaker is non-sense: take a look at MBL 101-X treme:
MBL Radialstrahler 101X-treme 1 pair - 250,000USD
MBL 9011 Power amplifiers 4 pc.
MBL 6010 Preamplifier
MBL 1611F D/A Converter
MBL 1621 CD-Transport
I know that in Europe the entire system costs, give or take, 700,000 EUR. That is equivalent to around 890,000 USD.
Ive read on American pages that the speakers "cost" around 250,000 usd.
So that means, everything (minus speakers) costs more than 2x the price of the speakers.
I had the opportunity to listen to the MBL 101 MKII for about 30 mins, and I will tell you that they are easily the best speakers ive heard in my life EVER. They are RETARDED. Ive also know that the extrems take it to a whole new level.