Question Buying a pair of Wharfedale 9.1's, will a Cambridge Audio A1 be sufficient to run them or should I look at another second-hand amp?

George_W

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As above, I'm buying a pair of diamond 9.1's and am wondering about which amp to invest in. I have a very limited budget and have heard lots of good things about the A1?
 

Navanski

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Sep 7, 2020
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I have run the Wharfedale 9.1s for a while.
I don't think you'll have any problems running the with the A1. I have run the speakers on much less power. I have even run them on a SMSL SA36Pro (20W) and while the results weren't brilliant I didn't feel like the sound was constricted by a lack of power.
Generally I think that there is too much emphasis placed on the power output of amplifiers. Even amplifiers which produce a similar output power will have differing audio output. A well known example is the classic NAD 3020. Only 20 watts per channel but louder and more impactful than some amplifiers with twice the power output.
Having said all that, I feel a little hypocritical because, I am currently using a vintage Rotel RA-971 but that's mostly to match my vintage CD transport and vintage DAC.
Enjoy the music!
 

Shay.M

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We use an old Onkyo tx844 reciever (since 1990) and lately connected to the Wharfefale 9.1 Diamond. There is a problem that when I use them in high level of db the amp. stops working! I am not sure if it is because of the amp is not strong enough or any other problem or reason. The Onkyo has A or B speakers output of 4 ohm and A+B of 8 ohm. The wharfedale 9.1 has min 6 ohm and an option of 4 seperate mounte entrance. I am not sure but I think the 9.1 need a stronger amp.
 

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