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McGooserton
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Starving Stereo for Poor People / T Amp + Bic America speakers

I am poor.  $350 to spend, or I starve!

The Bic America DV64 6.5($128 x 2) towers has an almost 5 star avergae, and the Fiio A1 ($80) D-class 14w x 2 amp has a respectable 4.5 star average. I already have the Fiio (love it!) and a Nuforce UDAC-2 as a source. 

I'm pretty much between the Bics or the Pioneer FS52. And possibly the Dayton DTA-100a as a possible upgrade (sidegrade?) to the Fiio.

Save me?

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The problen is that the DV64 towers are going to be too much for that flea-power amplifier to drive. 14 watts isn't much.

They have four large drivers each; that isn't going to work.

The polk R300 would be a better choice, if you want floorstanding speakers, and they can be had for around $120 each.

I would get the Dayton B652 speakers, personally, which are only $52 per pair from Amazon. Stereophile just did a review on them and said they are crazy good for that low price. If you want to save some money, that is the deal for you.

I would also recommend that you get the Cables To Go #28750 audio switch box, which is only $13 from Amazon and will allow you to switch between up to four audio sources as needed.

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The DV64 has two active

The DV64 has two active woofers and two passive radiators. It's sealed. I want towers, please.

An Amazon critic said he got good results with a puny Lepai amp, which I found much inferior to my Fiio A1. I may try that C2G switch box. Thank you.

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The DV64 has two active

The DV64 has two active woofers and two passive radiators. It's sealed. I want towers, please.

An Amazon critic said he got good results with a puny Lepai amp, which I found much inferior to my Fiio A1. I may try that C2G switch box. Thank you. 

THE D64 HAS 6.5" WOOFERS! (And that's better than my 5.25" woofers?)

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The BIC America DV64 6.5 tower has a 90 dB sensitivity

which would allow it to get pretty loud with a 14 watt FiiO.

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Just answer this, please.

Just answer this, please. Should one reasonably expect the Bic's 6.5" woofers to produce substantially fuller, lower bass than that of the Pioneer's 5.25" woofers?

 

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They would IF you had a lot more power to drive them.

It is ridiculous to expect significant bass from ANYTHING when you are using a flea-power amplifier. Most of the Pioneer speakers have a sensitivity so poor that they are totally inappropriate for a low-power amplifier.

Check the sensitivity spec, and keep in mind that each 3 db lower you go with the speaker sensitivity DOUBLES the amplifier power needed for a given volume.

For that amplifier I would not use a speaker with less than 90 db per watt sensitivity.

Some Klipsch speakers have excellent sensitivity; as high as 93 or 95 db per watt, which is ideal for a low-power amp.

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