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Rotel RA 04 with Monitor Audio B2

Gopi

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Hi,

I recently bought Monitor Audio B2 (not BR2) along with Marantz PM 4001. As per my layman's knowledge, I find Marantz is not having enough power to handle the B2's. I normally listen at 9 or 10'o clock position. The maximum I push it, is to 11'o clock. I feel at 8'o clock the amp is fine, thought the volume is low to listen. So, with some research including reading What Hi-fi I am keen on pairing my B2's with Rotel 04. But I am worried will the power (40 watts at 8 ohms) will be enough to dirve the B2's, given the max I will push is to 11'o clock. The kind of music I listen to involves Hindi filmi music and Rock. Unfortunately, I have to select without listening.

Thanks a lot for the help.

Gopi.
 
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Anonymous

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how much are you spending?

I can vouch for audiolab kit working well with monitor audio kit... but you may want to just consider adding a power amplifier if your marantz has pre-outs.
 

Cypher

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I have the Rotel RA-04, I also use it with BR2 speakers and IMO the Rotel has more than enough power to handle the BR2's. I also know the Marantz PM4001 and IMO the Rotel RA-04 is much better. Better timing, more dynamic and a 'cleaner' sound.
 

Gopi

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Thanks for the quick reply Mr_Poletski. I am based in India and after quite some extensive research these are the only choices I have. NAD C320bee, Cambridge 640A v2, Rotel RA 04, Nad C352 and demo piece of Audio Analogue Puccini (not the remote version). Also, Marantz PM 4001, doesn't have pre-outs.
 

Gopi

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Cypher, Thats definetly good to hear. Any reason why Marantz couldn't cope up. But, do you think that this would be a good combo for Rock. I have only listened to NAD C352 and I found it pretty good, particularly in bass department when paired with B2 especially. However, I somehow thought it was a bit laidback and also, there was some details. I was listening this with the Cambridge 640C V2 player. So, player is not to be blamed. I thought probably for my taste i need a more Rotel type of sound. So, would you recommend Rotel or something else.
 
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Rotel RA-04 would do. Be warned that 04 has no remote. I would whole heartedly recommend RA-06.
 
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If its about the sheer power, you could also ask your dealer to upgrade your amp with 6001.
 

Gopi

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Ranjeen, Its not just power.. I think I would like Rotel better. I would also, love RA-06, but money, money, money :) Thanks for the help though.
 

Cypher

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I definitely recommend the RA-04. I also heard the RA-06. It has more power but IMO it sounds worse than the RA-04.
 

DNICE1

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I have got RA-04 hooked up to the B&W 685s and it sounds sweet. I have also listened to RA-04 hooked up to the BR2s and to my ears it also sounded great. In my opinion RA-04 has more than enough power to drive the BR2s as its a 6 ohm load.
 

Gopi

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Thanks Nice. Can you tell me wether RA-04 will be good enough
for Rock music. Infact, let me ask the question that I shouldn't :) Can
I connect a subwoofer to get better the lower end oomph.Or am I better
off getting a NAD C352 or CA 640A v2 for that.
 

Andrew Everard

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With those speakers I'd go for the C352 or the 640A, as I think these will deliver a bit more clout, and the bass you're after.
 

Gopi

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Thanks Andrew. I think I have to now just take the plunge. Will update with my results.
 

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