I am awaiting the arrival of a pair of Vistas, a Stage and a pair of vignettes. I currently have a Denon AVR 5805 that Denon tells me can push down below 3 ohms. It's bascially 10 170watt amps. I have used it to power my previous system but I'm not sure how it will handle the electrostats.
So...what I'm thinking of doing is using the Denon to power the in wall speakers that are already in other rooms in my house as well as the Vignettes in the rear of my main theater.
I am in pursuit of either a 3-channel amp, three monoblocks, or a stereo amp and a monoblock to power the vistas and the stage. Oh and the vistas will ultimately become my side 7.1 speakers with a pair of Summits (eventually...hopefully) becoming the fronts.
With that in mind I am looking at amps that could handle either the Vistas or the Summits and be used for both DVDs as well as CDs.
I can get the following all for about the same price:
Ayre V1X (+ somebody's monoblock for the stage)
Pass Labs 250.5 (+ somebody's monoblock for the stage)
Krell FPB-250M monblocks
Theta Enterprise Monoblocks
I have nothing but respect for the level of knowledge on this board . What say you? I'm just going to go by a straight vote. Price being the same, which would you guys/gals pick?