hi! the speakers to be powered should take about 170 watts if hi-passed at 80 hz. the specs on Alesis look good, and especially the price looks good, however, there seems to be some resentment towards Alesis ... can somebody please educate me ? (seriously, i don't know much) what (if any) worthy Amps of 130-200wpc into 8 ohm are there in this price range ? the amp i have now does .05%thd at 1khz half power and .9%thd rated power 20-20k. trying to get an amp that would be more transparent (i was thinking better distortion and noise floor numbers) but the budget is tight ... thanx!