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I have recently moved to a new house, and the listeneing room has 14 foot ceilings besides being longer and wider (17.5'X15') than my former room.
My Merlin monitors were sounding just about perfect in my smaller room, driven only by 15 watts of OTL power. Since moving to my new place I've had a very difficult time trying to make the Merlins right. Finally I figured that the problem is mostly a lack of amplification power.
So I borrowed a 125 watt solid state Sonographe 250 from a friend, and the Merlins are singing really nicely. Still, they're somewhat lacking in the "tactile" department. They just are not as meaty and full sounding and satisfying as they were before.
Any ideas on SS amps, under $1200 used, to possibly return the Merlins to their full majesty in a big room? Many thanks.
I seriously doubt your problem is caused by insufficient power. From this very happy Master TSM user, I would lay odds that the major issue is your listening room acoustics. Don't know if this would be practical for you but if so I would strongly urge you to consider adding the appropriate room treatments for your new room.
I the VSM-MX driven by Joule VZN-80 in a dedicated listening room in my previous house.
My system didn't start to really sing at their optimum best until I added a full complement of Echo Buster room treatments.
Hope this helps.
Along with those other dimensions, I'm left wondering if the room might simply be too large to allow the Merlins to play at their full potential., Just a thought.
Neil... I'm thinking you might be right. I can see spending a lot on new equipment and still not being satisfied. Seeing those foot and a half tall monitors under that 14' ceiling is discouraging.
Fortunately my original Quads have always taken extremely well to that room, so perhaps I'll put away the Merlins for a while.
Warm, properly blooming, detailed, NOT grainy or edgy. I love my DNA-750s and just ordered a 5-channel DNA-HT5.
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Can't you try big tube amps. There is a pair of Opera Consonance Cyber 800 mono block amps for sale over on Agon for about $1800 I think. I own a pair and they are really giant killers with a min of 78wpc in pentode. You have to hear them to believe what I am saying. Otherwise if you must use SS then perhaps an older ARC will do the trick. You liked the CJ so perhaps those too although they are a little too polite for me.
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