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DrGregC's picture
Last seen: 2 years 6 months ago
Joined: Jun 17 2011 - 7:52pm
Moderate Efficiency Speakers for Integrated Tube Amps

I am in the process of downsizing from large Dunlavy speakers with Levinson amplification to smaller floorstanding or bookshelf speakers with moderate power (35 watt EL34 or 40 watt KT88) integrated tube amplification. I don't need super high efficiency speakers, just efficient enough to be a good match for a tube amp. I am hoping for full-range sound at more modest listening levels.

After years of status quo, I ventured out recently to audition some new equipment. I listened to a low-powered (15 watt) integrated Leben tube amp paired to Dynaudio Focus 220 speakers (86 dB efficient). This was a great match although I am concerned that the sound will compress and the imaging will collapse at higher volumes or in a bigger space than the demo room.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

tom collins
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Last seen: 5 years 1 month ago
Joined: Apr 3 2007 - 11:54am
you're on the right track

next time you are in the store, ask to hear the confidence c1 or special 25 if they have any left.  they are the best monitors i can think of.



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