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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:28 am 
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I’m currently using a pair of B&W 804 D2’s. I really enjoy these speakers for their resolution, clarity and detail.

I’d like suggestions on a pair of speakers that possess similar sounding characteristics as the B&W’s however that would also be SET friendly.

I have a digital front end and my room would be considered smallish at 1500 cubic feet.

What else would you need to know to provide suggestions?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:57 am 
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Cohernt Audio makes some fantastic speakers and are SET friendly.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:19 am 
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Voxativ would be on my short list....


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:22 am 
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anthemman wrote:
Cohernt Audio makes some fantastic speakers and are SET friendly.
Aaron


+1 These are some of the best speakers ive ever heard. They compare favourably to other brands with way, way higher price tags. Buying manufacturer direct has serious pricing advantages.

But thats just commenting on their sound quality overall compared to the competition. If you want to talk about using SET amplification, Coherent are the best speakers ive ever heard, hands down. Do youself a favour and pay a visit to the Coherent demo room in Frank's house. Listen to a 1.5 watt SET 45 tube, or 6 watt SET 2A3 tube, power amp play music like you could only have previously dreamed possible. Purely magical is the only words I could use to describe the sound.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:54 am 
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How SET friendly do you need? i.e. 45, 2A3, 300B, 845 etc


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newmusic wrote:
anthemman wrote:
Cohernt Audio makes some fantastic speakers and are SET friendly.
Aaron


+1 These are some of the best speakers ive ever heard. They compare favourably to other brands with way, way higher price tags. Buying manufacturer direct has serious pricing advantages.

But thats just commenting on their sound quality overall compared to the competition. If you want to talk about using SET amplification, Coherent are the best speakers ive ever heard, hands down. Do youself a favour and pay a visit to the Coherent demo room in Frank's house. Listen to a 1.5 watt SET 45 tube, or 6 watt SET 2A3 tube, power amp play music like you could only have previously dreamed possible. Purely magical is the only words I could use to describe the sound.

I second what newmusic says,very good product for sure and a great company to deal with.Frank is a true asset to us audio guys.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:08 am 
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Totally agree, Coherent, amazing product.


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brf wrote:
How SET friendly do you need? i.e. 45, 2A3, 300B, 845 etc

My amp outputs approximately 5 watts per channel.

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Omega Super alnico


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:21 pm 
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Another consideration would be Horning speakers. I currently run the Horning Agalme Zigma Statements 101db efficient with plenty of bottom end... All the speakers Tommy Horning builds are pretty much SET friendly...
Never mind the Zu's and subs I run two separate systems a two channel and surround. Mixing the two was always a compromise...


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Depends on budget, and needs, what power tube? (edit) I see..5w.
Avantgarde, DeVore, Coherent, Zu, Tekton, all speakers that play well with SET


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If your open to open baffle. Pun intended

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Hi,

malthouse wrote:

malthuse wrote:
Omega Super alnico


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Omega 8s with an integrated Omega active sub (or a pair of them) will do the trick. Can be driven nicely with an 8-10 watt SET. This system was shown at the recent Toronto Audio Fest.

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Per your request:

http://www.thehornshoppe.com/

Mr. Ed Schilling and his father have been at this for many years. In that time, they have offered some incredible designs.

From both cost & performance perspectives, you can't go wrong. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:56 am 
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Thank you to everyone who has replied so far.

I have looked at some of the suggestions and I am now thinking I'd prefer a smaller more portable speaker (easier for one person to move) but is still closer to full range (perhaps down to 40hz or so). Any specific suggestions?

I will continue to look at the previous suggestions as well.

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