RTA-11T How much is too much power?

I have a pair of RTA-11T’s that I used to power with a Yamaha M-65. The Yamaha kicked the bucket, or close to it. I have since been using my Marantz SR7005 integrated to power them which isn’t too bad at all. The Marantz is rated for 125 watts into 8 ohms.

I am about to purchase a PS Audio 200c locally. This amp is rated for 200 watts at 8 ohms, but no specifications are available from the manufacturer. My polks are 6 ohm and rated up to 250 watts. Would this be pushing it?

I’m buying the amp either way, just trying to figure if I need to get a new pair of mains.

I don’t want to trash the time, money, efforts I have into my RTA-11T’s. Point in case: crossovers, dynamat, Larry’s rings.

Thanks,
Ian

Comments

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    No such thing as too much power. You'll be fine, hook up the amp and be happy.
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
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    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
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    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 915
    Exactly! Enjoy the new amp and improved sound.
  • 11tsteve11tsteve Posts: 1,138
    I did all of the same upgrades to my 11T, plus veneered in oak...
    They have been powered by numerous 200+ W amplifiers, and they were never happier. They love power.
    Polk Lsi9
    N.E.W. A-20 class A 20W
    NAD 1020 completely refurbished
    Keces DA-131 mk.II
    Analysis Plus Copper Oval, Douglass, Morrow SUB3, Huffman Digital
    Paradigm DSP-3100 v.2
  • pkquatpkquat Posts: 519
    "With great power comes great responsibility. With little power comes greater responsibility."

    This is the motto of amps and speakers combos.

    In most cases the less an amp has to work to drive speakers the happier it is and the better the sound.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    In most cases the less an amp has to work to drive speakers the happier it is and the better the sound.

    Eh, yes and no. Actually an amp needs to see a load to show it's potential. Too big of an amp, power wise, on too easy to drive speakers and the amp will be taking a nap.
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • All set up. I am extremely pleased. Excuse the piss poor photo quality, took it with my cell.

    Thanks for the input guys!

    r63obyhn4hdm.jpeg
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,599
    I have a pair of RTA-11TL and, while they are easily driven by a Denon DRA-835R, rated 100W / ch, I have also used them with a high current Parasound HCA-1000A and a Pioneer M-91 rated 300W / ch into 8 ohm, 550W into 4 ohm. Don't be afraid of power. Too little power at high volume is far more dangerous.
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i

    HT:
    Denon AVR-888, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10, Marantz UD5005, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, TSi100; Pioneer: CT-6R, PL-530; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, Polk: RM7, Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii
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