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RE: As JA himself has pointed out in speaker reviews...

Yes it is an extreme example because there are not very many 110db sensitive speakers.

Most amplifiers however in peaks can go much higher in output for short duration - coupled with the way tube amps clip and the given quality of the amplifier.

Subjectively - the other issue is this - Assuming say 85dB sensitive speakers if amp A is a low powered single ended variety let's say and for 95% of musical listening at normal volume you find it sounds vastly better than amp B that is high power SS - do you take amp A over B even if B does a better job at handling peak loud power passages. If that is the only thing it does better?

The choice to me would be to look for 95dB-100dB sensitive speakers requiring the amp to work 1/10th as hard and cover those peaks. Noting that most people don't listen to pedal organ recordings.

And heck SS is dirt cheap - you can always buy both kinds of amp - so when you really want that juice it's pretty cheap to buy since SS is practically worthless on the second hand market.


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