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Marantz 2252B too much power for studio monitor or smaller

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Hi all

I just aquired my first Marantz, a 2252B. For opinion purposes, how does anyone feel about driving either jbl type studio monitors or book shelf speakers with thus amp. Is this too much amp? I have a small living room and would like to run smaller speakers and use my Heresy's in my music room where i havemore space. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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@sbcoffey42,

 

Welcome(back) to the forum.

 

I owned a 2252B for a few years and it powered everything(Quartets, Heresys, RB-5s) I threw at it with fluidity and control and was a joy to own.  I never felt 52w/ch was too much for anything.

 

Bill

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When it comes to amplification, too much power is always better than too little. 

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6 hours ago, sbcoffey42 said:

Hi all

I just aquired my first Marantz, a 2252B. For opinion purposes, how does anyone feel about driving either jbl type studio monitors or book shelf speakers with thus amp. Is this too much amp? I have a small living room and would like to run smaller speakers and use my Heresy's in my music room where i havemore space. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

you are ok =

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I agree. I want to find some smaller speakers that will sound good with this amp.

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Still have a Marantz 2252B ... wonderful amp :D  It has powered (small) KG1.5's, Heresy's, Cornwall's and Pro KPT-904's ... all with ease. JBL studio monitors will not be a problem :) 

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52 watts is not "too much" for any speaker, but adequate for  efficient speakers, like your Heresies.  Be careful, though, many bookshelf speakers are inefficient, and would require a bigger amp to reach concert level.  For instance, I wouldn't get something with a sensitivity of 85 - 90 dB/2.83v/1m.   Your Heresies are about 96 dB/2.83v/1m in a typical listening room, near a wall, or about 92 dB/2,83v/1m in an anechoic chamber.  If you always play your music softly, ignore these caveats.

 

I had an in-law with your Marantz, and it sounded very, very good.

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I rocked out with JBL 4301s using 40 wpc stuff for years.  It'll be just fine. 

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Since you have control of the throttle, there is never too much. 

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2 hours ago, glens said:

I rocked out with JBL 4301s using 40 wpc stuff for years.  It'll be just fine. 

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Thank You everyone.  The KG1.2 and 1.5 and the JBL 4301's are what I want to check out.

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Good luck on the 4301s.  I've got a pair in their factory boxes but the woofer surrounds (and now likely tweeter "surrounds") have long since disintegrated.  I reckon they're actually 4301bs.  Should've gotten the woofers repaired while JBL still did that for that driver...

 

They're 8" / 1.4" in a lovely walnut seemingly indestructible cabinet.  Countless hours of enjoyment derived from them, but am currently equally-or-better (better!) enjoying a pair of Forte III.  Driven by 50 Watts per channel of NAD class D amplification in a large difficult room.  Fills the whole house with sound when called upon to do so...

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2 minutes ago, glens said:

Good luck on the 4301s.  I've got a pair in their factory boxes but the woofer surrounds (and now likely tweeter "surrounds") have long since disintegrated.  I reckon they're actually 4301bs.  Should've gotten the woofers repaired while JBL still did that for that driver...

 

My son did the surrounds on his L-46 JBLs last fall. Can't you get parts for the 4301s? I'm glad mt 4311s don't have foam surrounds, although the tweetwers got messed up. I used to drive them to quite loud levels with a 35 wpc JVC (circa 1971), and later my Dynaco St-70.

 

 

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I never would've bought the 4301s if I could've afforded the 4311s!

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29 minutes ago, glens said:

I never would've bought the 4301s if I could've afforded the 4311s!

 

I think I paid about $280 ea. for them, which was $50 off list. I got them through the studio I used to visit (the owner was an equi. vendor in the midwest. Lots of great artists recorded there)

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I gave about 120 each at an expo at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI. which was a week's pay each at the time.  And I was doing a bit better than "minimum wage"...

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I am very jbl ignorant, i've been looking at them and know there are lots out there. I have only listened to a set of l100 but i don't even know the specifics about that set except they were expensive. I am just starting the kmowledge journey on jbl speakers. The 4300 models and l100 are very appealing to me but not sure why l100 are considered bookshelf.

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Love Madison... I visited many times, moved there in 1980. Later moved out to Waterloo, home of Trek bicycles.

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I had mine on deep bookshelves on each side of my fireplace. I think the 4300 series are almost identical in size as the L100s.

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