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JBL ES90 Loudspeakers for Yamaha RXV661

Castle Knight 2 Speakers

sumitro

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I recently bought a Yamaha RXV 661 7.1 receiver. Continuous power output per channel 90watt. I am planning to go for speakers (stereo only). If I go for the JBL ES90 loudspeakers which has a 110w(continuous) , 440 watt peak output will my receiver handle the power or will the speaker trip. Please advise if there are alternative brands/models(floor-standers) I can go for which matches my receiver power. i like the punchy base on the JBLs. Can someone help me out.
 

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the yamaha will be able to drive the speakers if it is 90w continuous at 8 ohms. whats your budget. check the wharfedales as well
 

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Sumitro,

If you are very keen on the JBL, the 661 supports 'assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection'. If you, ultimately, are ready to stick with a 5.1 system, you can bi-amp the speakers using the front L&R, and the Rear L&R.

Please read through the 661 manual carefully, and see if will work.

Cheers
 

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Thanks Venkatcr for your input.
However,I donot plan to go for 5.1 at this point. My preference is pure stereo for which I have shortlisted the JBL ES90. Will my receiver RXV661 with 90w per channel be able to drive the floorstanders without tripping.
 

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Thanks Venkatcr for your input.
However,I donot plan to go for 5.1 at this point. My preference is pure stereo for which I have shortlisted the JBL ES90. Will my receiver RXV661 with 90w per channel be able to drive the floorstanders without tripping.

going purely by specifications i dont see any reason for it to clip.
 

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How much you paid for 661.?Why didn't you go for RX-663 instead of 661.I use 661 with Wh-9.6 for 2 ch. stereo. But it doesn't give punchy bass at good volume or even reasonable bass at low volume levels. I think this AVR cant drive smartly speakers with huge power like 9.6 or ES 90/ ES 100.Take audition with avr before buy.
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Thanks Venkatcr for your input.
However,I do not plan to go for 5.1 at this point. My preference is pure stereo for which I have shortlisted the JBL ES90. Will my receiver RXV661 with 90w per channel be able to drive the floorstanders without tripping.

I am not sure you understood what I wrote. Using the amplifier that usually power the rear L&R channels, you can 'literally double' the power to the front speakers by bi-amping them. I say literally as the exact power that is available will depend upon a lot of factors. But with bi-amping, you should have more than enough power to drive the ES90 comfortably. And by driving the woofer, and mid and high frequencies you should add a lot of clarity as well as good power for the punch you are looking for.

If the dealer has a demo unit, it might make sense to try the speakers with your AVR before cutting the cheque. But I don't see any issues.

Cheers
 

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Thanks. I got the point now.
Meanwhile, I also listended to Tannoy Fusion F4 and quite liked their top end but it is a 2 way design offered at 36K.
Should i opt for it or do I also consider the Wharfedale9.6 which is a 3 way design. Can you please suggest.
 
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