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Tube Friendly Speakers

I feel your pain. From what I've seen, very few, if any, contemporary speakers are "tube friendly." Even the high efficiency legacy types like Klipsch Cornwall sacrifice considerable low bass performance in order to take advantage of the horns. The only "all in one" solution I know for this is a large ported enclosure (at least 5 cu. ft.) with drivers/crossover matched to produce about 95dB SPL. This is sufficient sensitivity to work well with medium power tube gear, and it can be made flat to the lowest octave. Of course, a separate SS powered sub can be used to augment a Cornwall type speaker (which would include Heresy, VOT, etc.), but I've never like the audible result of such systems. There are other approaches as well, but most involve even more electronic complexity, such as high-slope line-level crossovers and separate amps for each driver.



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