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    Default Speaker Recommendations for a 38 WPC Tube Amp???

    I have a friend that is building me a pretty sexy tube amp right now (38WPC) and I am looking for speaker recommendations to pair it with. I love the vintage monitors so I have been looking at possibly the 5's or 7's. I am also looking at possibly an RTi6 or the Monitor 40's. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    I have a friend that is building me a pretty sexy tube amp right now (38WPC) and I am looking for speaker recommendations to pair it with. I love the vintage monitors so I have been looking at possibly the 5's or 7's. I am also looking at possibly an RTi6 or the Monitor 40's. Thanks!
    RTA's would be good as well, like the RTA 11TL's I have. I also know folks driving SDA's with tubes as well. Whose doing it? Old Stereo Dog?

    Vintage Monitors would work as well, but IMHO the RTA's would be the best if you cant use your SDA's....
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    My SDA's will be staying with my current Carver system. I am interested in a smaller set of speakers as this will be my bedroom system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    My SDA's will be staying with my current Carver system. I am interested in a smaller set of speakers as this will be my bedroom system.
    With that much tube power you almost want bigger speakers like maybe another set of SDA's like the CRS+s, or RTA's or even like bigger RTi's
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    OTD said to find a speaker that rates around 25-125. I have a set of Monitor 12's and he thought that was bigger than I wanted.

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    Hello, trav0810. A pair of Focal 807V's would be right up your alley for your application. You may want to add these to the list of speakers to audition or look at.

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    Sonist Speakers were designed for low wattage tube amps.

    http://www.sonist.com/

    I've heard most of their models and they all sounded very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Hello, trav0810. A pair of Focal 807V's would be right up your alley for your application. You may want to add these to the list of speakers to audition or look at.

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    This is the last thing a tube amp wants to feed as it will accentuate the area of 2-3Khz.

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    K-Horn cornerhorns-- although you could push them with a 5 watt tube amp nicely.
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    Trav:

    Going to throw out a idea to ya I have been toying with. I dont know if you have DIY skills or even want to head this route, but I got this info from Perry (PDR) from that site we will not name

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    I emailed Danny Ritchie at GR about those X-statik DIY open baffle speakers, he got back to me. I'm not sure what you had for a price point, remember this is only for the drivers and x-over parts, you have to build the cabinets and supply the material for them.

    If you are looking for your last ever type speaker, these are probably not them. In order to get into high end kits, like my Open baffle Super Vs.......your looking at between 2-3K$.....thats just the drivers and x-over parts. Super Vs retail for about 9-10K finished, ready to play.......BUT....

    If your looking to try a nice OB project, that has had a lot of nice reviews this is a great bargain. Think I might build a pair as well this summer. The kits go for....$379 a pair, plus shipping from Texas

    Youll need a sub to augment them. These were originally a AV123 product co-designed with GR

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    AV123 has formally announced that their new X-Statik Open Baffle Loudspeakers are now for sale on their website. We snapped some pictures of the X-Statiks at the 2007 Rocky Mountain Audiofest and they were very impressive. The speakers were co-designed by Mark Schifter (AV123) and Danny Ritchie (GR Research), and feature a pair of custom built Peerless India 6.5″ curvilinear treated paper cones along with an all new Peerless India fabric dome tweeter in an open baffle configuration. The low-end is provided by another pair of custom Peerless India 6.5″ woofers in a sealed enclosure. Frequency response is 65-20Khz (+/-3dB) and the speakers have an impedance of 8 ohms nominal with an efficiency rating of 90.5dB

    Heres a link to the sale page: http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=90911.0

    If you want to spend a bit more....let me know......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    This is the last thing a tube amp wants to feed as it will accentuate the area of 2-3Khz.

    That's odd to see that graph. The Focal's paired rather nicely with the 8 watt Radii tube amp and remains one of the most memorable combos I have ever had in my various systems. Makes me wonder what tubes were they using to make that graph and if they had anything to do with it.

    Oh and George. You do realize that he looking for a set of bedroom speakers, right? Most living rooms don't have the proper room for K-Horns, I couldn't imagine putting a pair in my bedroom and I have a somewhat large one.

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    Well Tom,, I guess I should have read the entire post,, you got me!
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    Hehe, it's all good. I hope all is well in Daniel's land tonight. Tell Janice I said "hello" for me will ya?

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    Dan, my DIY skills are non-existent! I love the speakers that Perry built, but there is no way I am going to try that route. I am just looking for a smaller, unassuming set of bedroom speakers that are reasonably priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    Dan, my DIY skills are non-existent! I love the speakers that Perry built, but there is no way I am going to try that route. I am just looking for a smaller, unassuming set of bedroom speakers that are reasonably priced.
    No worries mate. Mine are the same, I just got lucky in that I have relatives in WI that are carpenters so I am sure they could make the cabinets for me....

    If your looking for smaller unassuming speakers, the Monitor 7's are not what you want. The Monitor 5's would work as would the RTi's. I wouldnt go with Monitor 40's at all simply as they wont really do the tubes justice.

    LSi7's would be really good if the amp can handle the 4 ohm load....
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    Yeah, the 7's were the largest end of the scale. OTD recommended an 8OHM speaker, so that is what I have been looking at. Otherwise, the LSi's would have been my first choice. I am watching a set of 5's right now. we'll see how that goes.

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    Since someone recommended Focal..... I have a pair of JM Lab Chorus 705 s Focals that I'd be willing to let go for under $300 shipped if you were interested. Not sure what your budget is but think these would pair nice with a tube amp.

    Here's a link to a pic for comparison (not my site nor pic)

    http://www.numberonesound.com/description_422.html

    Mine are in the light wood color

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    Thanks for the advice, and TN, thanks for the offer on the Focals. I ended up winning the set of 5's that I was watching, so it looks as though I have what I need. Thanks Guys!

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    Good to hear, hope you enjoy the new setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    Yeah, the 7's were the largest end of the scale. OTD recommended an 8OHM speaker, so that is what I have been looking at. Otherwise, the LSi's would have been my first choice. I am watching a set of 5's right now. we'll see how that goes.
    I have a pair of modded 5B's in an office rig and I run them with 9wpc or 15wpc or 30wpc tubes amps. They all work well, only exception is the 30wpc unit plays a little louder if I need too. All 3 tube amps are different but all work very well with 5B's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Makes me wonder what tubes were they using to make that graph and if they had anything to do with it.
    That graph is stricly of the impedance (and impedance phase) as measured by an analyser,there were no tubes involved.Typically small tube amps,especially SE types, will sound very different depending upon the actual impedance load they are seeing from the speaker.Because these amps usually have high-ish output impedances their frequency response will be altered to a greater extent when mated with a speaker with a widely varying impedance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    That graph is stricly of the impedance (and impedance phase) as measured by an analyser,there were no tubes involved.Typically small tube amps,especially SE types, will sound very different depending upon the actual impedance load they are seeing from the speaker.Because these amps usually have high-ish output impedances their frequency response will be altered to a greater extent when mated with a speaker with a widely varying impedance.
    Thanks for putting this into words clearer than I could...
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    I have a pair of modded 5B's in an office rig and I run them with 9wpc or 15wpc or 30wpc tubes amps. They all work well, only exception is the 30wpc unit plays a little louder if I need too. All 3 tube amps are different but all work very well with 5B's.

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    Nice! I was also looking at a pair of 7Bs, But for the smaller room I think the 5's will work better for me. They are supposed to be here by Friday. I should have the amp by next week.

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