Ok. I've got a lot of stuff stashed away, and had some time with the wife
out of the house to go nuts. I got out some amps and preamps, and the
Hales. I tried the Rotel rb980 with the GNP Valkries. The 16 ohm rating
sucked the life out of the Rotel. Bass wasn't good. The AR vt-60
doesn't even flinch, just hook up the 16 ohm tap and go.
Next up, the Hale Revelation Ones. Nice, heavy duty better bookshelf.
The problem in one of the x-overs is fixed, and they sound good.
Nice warm sound, surprising bass. I saw a review that called them
forward sounding. Not by what I heard. They are about 86db rated,
which means the 50 watt tube amp isn't going to rock out with these.
The Rotel did a bit better, but the low end slam wasn't as good.
I then tried the Parasound psp1000 pre in place of the AE Symphonies.
Sorry, no contest. The AE with Mullards is better. The AE sounds pretty
good with the current set-up. As long as I stay at resonable volume
(no wife yelling at me to turn it down) it all works pretty good together.
I still need to sew up the grill cloth for the Hales. I really need to
save up for somehting more efficient, like B&W 683's. That would be a
fine stopping point without breaking the bank.