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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:00 am 
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New or used at this price. What speakers should I be looking at to match up to a pair of 8w 300b SET mono amps? My listening room is a fairly large 600 sq ft basement, 2-channel system set up on one side of the room but opens up to the rest of the basement. Something with pretty good low frequency extension. Have at 'er.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:05 am 
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Anytime this high efficiency speaker question comes up I feel the need to suggest some Klipsch heritage speakers. Take a look at the soon to be released Forte III which apparently turned alot of heads at this year's CES... http://www.klipsch.ca/ces-2017


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:06 am 
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I have a question - I'm not familiar with these low power amps, are they able to generate bass extension?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:24 am 
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Zu Audio. They were practically designed for use with low power output SET amps. 101db is very high effeciency rating. I own some of their cables, superb for the money. Support is great, too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:32 am 
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I've run a 300B SET through a number of speakers, and there's a surprisingly robust 8 watts there. My experience has been that the speakers don't have to be super efficient at all. Personally, I'm not that partial to horn speakers....anything 90db or better seems to be no problem. Bass extension isn't as bad as the general opinion is either.


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If you are looking for new floorstanders, look at the 95dB/M/W 8 ohm versions of the Tekton Pendragon or SEAS Pendragon. They will reach down to 20 and 30Hz respectively, so bass won't be an issue. Only problem: you will have to buy 2 pairs of either one to reach your $5k budget! The Klipsch Forté III should also be a serious contender.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:23 am 
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OBI56 wrote:
If you are looking for new floorstanders, look at the 95dB/M/W 8 ohm versions of the Tekton Pendragon or SEAS Pendragon. They will reach down to 20 and 30Hz respectively, so bass won't be an issue. Only problem: you will have to buy 2 pairs of either one to reach your $5k budget! The Klipsch Forté III should also be a serious contender.


I looked up the Tekton Pendragon and am very intrigued by these!

Hopefully they will have these setup at the TAVES 2017.

Has anyone heard these?


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If you are talking used speakers Audio Note AN-J will do the trick...AN-E's would be even better. Zu Soul Superfly are good speakers but might not provide enough bottom end.

I.doubt you will hear Tekton at TAVES but you never know!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:30 am 
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Thanks for the info so far. Keep them suggestions comin'! I had been looking at the Tekton stuff. How about the Double Impacts? Anyone have them or heard them? I've read that Tekton tends to overrate their sensitity specs. I was looking at Tyler Acoustics as well. Anyone heard the PD30's? Those Forte mkIII's look pretty sweet.


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Greg_567 wrote:
OBI56 wrote:
If you are looking for new floorstanders, look at the 95dB/M/W 8 ohm versions of the Tekton Pendragon or SEAS Pendragon. They will reach down to 20 and 30Hz respectively, so bass won't be an issue. Only problem: you will have to buy 2 pairs of either one to reach your $5k budget! The Klipsch Forté III should also be a serious contender.


I looked up the Tekton Pendragon and am very intrigued by these!

Hopefully they will have these setup at the TAVES 2017.

Has anyone heard these?


I have heard then at length (I'm talking about weeks here) and the Pendragons are very imposing both physically (they are freaking huge) and soundwise and they do finesse very well to boot. Let me put it this way; hearing Kashmir at high volumes on the Pendragons is an experience you and your bowels will never forget! Even on an SET amp.


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A total newbie to Tekton, those look like very impressive speakers especially for the price! Some very funky designs.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:07 am 
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The double impact looks like a lot of speaker for the price.


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Talk to Tash of Divergent Technologies; perhaps something in the Reference 3A lineup will work well with that particular amp, cheers Simon in Victoria


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bumperdoo wrote:
I have a question - I'm not familiar with these low power amps, are they able to generate bass extension?


My 8 wpc Finale 300B SET tube amp paired with Audio Note had wonderful bass.


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bumperdoo wrote:
I have a question - I'm not familiar with these low power amps, are they able to generate bass extension?
They absolutely are! I use a Triode Lab 2A3 amp, only about 3.5-4 watts/channel and bass extension is very nice with efficient Klipsch Cornwalls. Room treatments and placement are important too.


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