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In Reply to: RE: New KT150, maybe? posted by Triode_Kingdom on January 03, 2024 at 16:55:55
Problem is I love my Kef Ref 1 Metas. What I really need to do is sell off the tube gear and buy ss. But I love my QS V4s with Shindo pre and have no interest in solid state. If I have too I'll drop down to a jj kt88 till things settle out one way or another.
Thank you both for the suggestion.
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.
Yes and thank you. Trying and achieving good music playback is hard enough. Now having to incorporate into a living room, recently losing my dedicated room, made things all the more challenging. Forced to buy low efficiency bookshelves, love them to death, but hard to control as full range has made my other beloved tube gear hard to hold on to. One thing is for sure, solid state over tubes, not anytime soon, as long as I can help it.
They can work well, if you have a very flexible crossover, more than one sub and measure with something like Fuzzmeasure. Not a cost savings move.
It is really hard to get punchy bass with low power tubes.
My fun speakers are TAD TD-2001 horns, 10" Mid EV drivers, sitting on giant 18" pro sound subs that are each 99db efficient in a relatively small room.
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