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Alomb71
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Speaker recomemmendations for Primaluna

Hi All, I ordered a Primaluna Dialogue Premium HP and I am now looking to upgrade my speakers. I have narrowed down the field to 3 series of speakers. My room is 11'x22'. The listening position is 10' from the speakers. I listen to Rock, Blues and Jazz.

These are what I am considering:

Sonus Faber Venere 3 - already auditioned - sounded nice too me. I am also considering the 2.5 as an option.

Wharf dale Jade 5- I own the evolution 2-30. I am trying to find a pair of Jade to audition.

Focal Aria 936 or 926. I have not auditioned yet.

Also, has anyone heard the new ZU Audio Omen MK II? Any comments on them?

The integrated amp puts out 45 watts triode and 85 watts ultra linear.

I have seen favorable reviews on these first 3 mentioned. Some of the reviews are with a Primaluna. Anyone have any real world experience with these?anyother speakers worth auditioning in the $3500 range?

Thanks!

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I will Add B&W to the list.

I will Add B&W to the list. I am trying to find a dealer that has several of the brands I am interested in, but it has been difficult. I will probably have to audition each speaker at a different dealer. I hope they have comparable gear. I am curious about the new ZU Audio Omen Def MK Ii' but I would have to order them and audition at home.

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Check out Acoustic Zen

The Adagio Jr is an awesome speaker right at $3500

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Sensitivity question

Quick question. I understand a speaker with a higher db rating will play louder than one with a lower db rating, but can you have a speaker too sensitive for an amp?

I assume the Focal at 91.5 db will play substantially louder than the Jade 5 at 87 db. I Also noticed the ZU is over 100 db. Is this too much for my tube amp? Does it introduce hiss at lower volumes? I am just trying to understand this specification better.

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Sensitivity Question

Provided that your amp (or pre-amp) has a low-noise volume control section, and provided that the loudspeaker in question has a reasonably high minimum impedance, there should not be a major problem driving a high-efficiency/high sensitivity loudspeaker using a high-powered tube amp, since the amp will likely be well within its optimal operating envelope.

Going the other way, driving a low-efficiency/low-sensitivity loudspeaker with a low-powered amp can indeed cause all kinds of problems however...

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