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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:32 am 
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Bike guy wrote:
Here's what you should be looking at. These sound amazing with SET's.
https://omegaloudspeakers.com/collectio ... 8555364748


I second that.

I have the now discontinued Super Alnico XRS (single 6.5" driver, alnico magnet, hemp cone). They have been replaced by a dual cone version which I suspect is better. Beyond all doubt the most realistic speakers I have ever owned.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:06 am 
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I'm not sure why a speaker search would ever have the 1st priority as being high efficiency. Sound quality should always be the highest priority, and whether they are a good fit for one's listening room/space. Then, if one has existing electronics to drive the speakers, a synergistic match is also important, as is the material being played.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:24 am 
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The OP is looking to match 8 wpc SET amps and get good bass extension. IMO High efficiency should take priority in the search for long term ownership. Some of the best sounding speakers are high efficiency so sound quality should not be an issue with all of the options available.

You can get Tekton Double Impacts for $4,900. They will have no problem filling your large basement. They easily outperform the Audio Note AN-E I was using with a SET amp. The Omega Super Alnico High Output XRS looks very interesting but I haven't heard it.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:38 pm 
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The Forte III from Klipsch look very interesting...they were pretty dynamic back in the 80's and with todays technology from a household name you would get more for your money than a boutique brand IMO and IME.

Not sure if they're available yet, but I enjoyed the youtube video...salivating for pair. :mrgreen:


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An 8 watt amp? At one watt output, it can only add a maximum of 9 decibels!? Okay, I guess this is one of those "different strokes for different folks" kind of things. 8 watt amps, they'd be cheap in cost, anyway.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:45 pm 
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8 watts is plenty...in the 60's 8W was common place.

Most average listening is only a 2-5 watts, there is a huge misconception that big power is needed...if the OP buys 100dB speakers rated a 1 W that is loud...but like you said different strokes...yadda yada.


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I never had my 8 wpc tube amp past half volume. Anything higher would have been damaging.


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Hey James, I was checking out the various Omega models...I have to wonder what the frequency response is...they do not post any measurements. Really difficult to make an informed decision IMO.


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The 2 top models are 35Hz - 20kHz

The dealer near me doesn't have them on demo which kinda sucks.


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But what is the deviations? + or - what? This affects the sound signature.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:22 pm 
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Ahh good question. Imagine if it was +/- 10db?


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James_W wrote:
I never had my 8 wpc tube amp past half volume. Anything higher would have been damaging.


My 5 watt Finale amp is loud enough on 88db speakers to send everyone running for cover.


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James_W wrote:
I never had my 8 wpc tube amp past half volume. Anything higher would have been damaging.


I seriously do not want to derail this thread, so if anyone wants to respond to this, perhaps message me.

Well, it's all a matter of how inefficient one's speakers are, how far away from said speakers one sits, how big the room is and how ear bleeding loud one prefers to listen at. For some, 8 watts is simply not enough. Surely you folks can see that.

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Efficiency, room size and distance from speakers are certainly factors. My room is pretty small; 10x13. 5 watts is plenty.

What's even more interesting (to me) is that my 200 watt/channel McIntosh in that room hovers around 2 watts at "barely able to have a conversation" level, and peaks out at around 10 watts when I want to crank it.


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