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What receivers/amplifiers do you use to drive you Arendal setups?

Kristoffer Svendsen
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I’m curious, What receiver/preamp/source and/or amplifiers do you use with your Arendal speakers? Have you tested brands that worked better than others? I’m curious to know what you guys are using!

I’m using a Yamaha RX-A2060 to power a pair of 1961 Monitors and a 1723 Sub 1v and it sounds great! I might add a dedicated amplifier down the line if I get something bigger, but I definitely don’t feel like I’m missing much with my current setup.

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I am very satisfied with the Yamaha, it holds the whole system without problems. But I can not say anything about specific sound measurements now.

Ferry Poel
Community Member

I use my Denon avcx4700 receiver with a Rotel RMB1075 power amp.

James Jones
Community Member

Hello.  I’m fairly new to this hobby and am looking to set up a 7.1 surround setup.  So far, I know that I’m going with the 1723 S THX towers for my LCR and 1961 bookshelves for the surrounds.  I also plan on purchasing the Denon x3800h receiver, but I’m still deciding what amp to go with.  I’ve narrowed the amps down to the Emotiva XPA7 Gen 3 and the Monolith 7x.  I will be watching movies mainly (about 70% movies to 30% music).  My room is about 2700 cu ft and will be sitting roughly 10 ft away from the speakers.  Both amps get great reviews and bench test really well.  I gather that I can’t go wrong with either choice.  But, for those who may have been in the same perdicament, what influenced your decision to go with either amp?

Please forgive me if this question has already been asked, I just joined the community.

Thank you!

Steve Loe
Community Member

Im using yamaha rx a 3030 11.2, kef R11s and R2c for LCR, monitor audio bxfx for front height rear height and rear surround, kef ci160 for surround 1723 2v for main front sub and my old faithful kef 400d as rear hidden sub to maximise the 2 sub channels.

Yamaha and kef really sing, wil be addding a power amp for the front LR this year. Arendal 1723 2v really did stand out against its other pricier competitors but thats the benefit of being a manufacturor only distributor, no retail mark up, no shipping costs on top of shipping costs. Basically from all.my listening and demos i have a sub that eould be marketed in excess of 5k for half that and performance that strips everything other than maybe the rel g1 mk2, but then the ability to open and close the ports on this arendal really just tipped it for me.

Must say i have not been swayed away from Kef since my first pair of coda 7s when i was 17, and in the last 30 years have demo’d just about the full ranges within and sometimes outside my price range and have not foind the musicality and cinematic sound stage paired with the yamahas to beat them.  From B&W, dali, focal, sonus sonetto V111s £ for £ i cant pair anything better. However wverything needs to be a consideration day to day usage, room size, ceiling height cables, amps etc. Ive played and dabbled and other than adding a bit of ounch to the LR and at some point also looking at anthem for av and obvs updating the bxfx to kef alternatives and bolstering the ci160s to maybe 200s im incredibly happy..

Arkmann
Community Member

Just received my 1723 S Towers.  Using for a 2 channel music setup.  Powering with a Rotel RB1582 MKII amplifier connected to a Rotel RC 1572 MKII preamplifier and biwired to the Towers.  Just started the 50 hour burn in period recommended but so far plenty of power with the amplifier driving 325 watts into 4 ohms.

Barry Krakovsky
Community Member

I use a VTL 2.5 pre-amp (all tube including phono stage) and a McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe amp (100 watts into 8 ohms, 200 watts into 4 Ohms) to drive my 1723 Tower S speakers. The sound is excellent,despite the fact that the speakers are not quite broken in just yet.

Kristoffer Svendsen
Community Member

I would love to hear what you think of the Rotel/Arendal pairing once you’ve properly broken them in!

Kevin Harris
Community Member

Using a Cambridge Audio CXA81 connected to 1723 THX Towers, speakers are only 30 hours use and loving them already roll on to 50hours :)

Have to say not feeling the need for a subwoofer yet the bass is fantastic at all volume levels.

Lukas
Customer Support

Hey Kevin, great to hear that you are liking the 1723 Towers:)

The Cambridge is a very good amp that sounds great, no complaints from me:)

Kevin Harris
Community Member

Hi Lukas, yes very happy, I will drop to an email in the coming weeks to discuss SUBWOOFER options and what I can do to help integration, I now have REW and a Umik Microphone now so I am sure this can help.

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