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The world is getting worse for your average Joe SET owner

I think buyers of moderately priced, commercially available, SET amplification and speakers have always been a very small part of the SET world. It seems to be mostly inhabited by DIY builders and people with deep pockets. It used to be (is it still) that 300B owners could find a fair number of tube friendly 2-way speakers that sound just fine on tube friendly 2-ways. But the more I look at Stereophile, the more I see small stand mounts with very wicked electrical loads, obviously designed for SS amplification or perhaps paralled 300B output tubes, and anything else that can put out 20+ SET Watts (45, 211, 70, etc).

This leaves 2A3, 45 and smaller SET in the dust. Here, the moderately priced alternatives are honking full range speakers, some ZU speakers which don't sound much better to my ears, a small number of lone-wolf builders who have day jobs, and the low end of Audio Note (UK).

I consider myself lucky to have found one of the latter in Tonian Acoustics, but I had to take a big gamble since I had to rely mainly on word of mouth. I would have bought a less extensive pair of AN-E speakers, but they excited my back wall and the new technology and labor hours to replace that wall (so it doesn't vibrate) was just too expensive.


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Topic - The world is getting worse for your average Joe SET owner - Frihed89 08:42:42 03/02/17 (23)

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