I've been lurking in these forums for a few years now, trying to learn as much as I can about speakers in general and Polk speakers in particular by reading what you all have to say, and learning from your experience. I never posted before because i didn't have anything to contribute, and I was able to find answers to all of my questions just by using the search function and following the threads. But now, I've come to the point where I finally need to speak up and ask my owned damned questions.:D
Here's the deal. I'm upgrading the system I put together a couple of years ago, and replacing the RTi-6s with a pair of RTi-12s I bought from Crutchfield's last week. The 6s will move back and be my rears. I'm upgrading the receiver and the amp, too, in order to get my money's worth out of the 12s. For the amp, I'm shopping around for a used Carver, and I'm looking at several different models. The three from which I'm going to make my selection are the M1.5T, the TFM-55, and the M-500T. I've heard all three amps in the homes of various friends, but never have had the chance to do direct comparisons of the three. I know that all three sound very good to my ear, and I'm sure I'll be quite happy with whichever one I finally choose. But still, as long as I'm doing this, I'd like to get the best possible result. I don't ever want to sit there listening to Dark Side of The Moon and think to myself, "Geez, I wonder how much better this'd sound if I'd done more research."
The question I have is this. From what I've read, most audiophiles seem to regard the M-500T as the best-sounding amp of the three, but at 250 WPC @ 8 ohms, it's also the least powerful. The TFM-55 and the M1.5T are both rated in the 350 - 380 WPC range. From everything I've read, the RTi-12s are very power-hungry speakers, and I'm wondering if the 250 WPC M-500T would be sufficient for them, or if I'd be happier going with one of the two higher-horsepower amps - even though they may not be quite as clean-sounding or musical as the M-500T. What do you Polk experts think - am I likely to get more satisfying sound from the lower-powered but (supposedly) somewhat better-sounding amp, or the higher-powered but (allegedly) slightly less-musical amps? Is 250 WPC enough to kick 'em into passing gear? Or am I just a dweeb who's overthinking this whole damned thing? For what it's worth, I plan on listening to a wide variety of music (everything but hip-hop and modern country) at relatively moderate volumes (the landlord lives upstairs).
Thanks for your help, guys. I've learned tons from reading your posts over the years, and will be grateful for an opportunity to learn a little more!