This is my first post and hello from Maryland. I'd like to thank this AudioCircle for providing useful information while I was considering Omega Speakers. After a couple nights of scrolling through topics (search restriction stinks for would-be owners), I decided that Omegas would be perfect for classical music. Louis was obviously very helpful and communicative, even though he was in the middle of his move.
Louis completed these Junior 8 AlNiCo XRS towers at the end of April. They are wonderful. As I waited for them to be crafted, I admit I was apprehensive after reading other forum posts discussing full-range drivers' ability to handle "complex" music. Rest assured, the Omegas sound great, especially with modest support from the REL subwoofer.
They pair well with the 20-watt Linear Tube Audio amp and preamp. The music gets plenty loud. The preamp's stepped attenuator allows for 100 volume positions, but currently, I rarely turn the knob past 10. With the added gain from balanced XLR connections and the 95 dB sensitive Omegas, I will need to lower the gain of the preamp by swapping out 12AT7 tubes for 12AU7s.
I have another set of Omega Super 3 Wide Baffle Monitors in curly walnut in the basement. Despite the smaller driver, they also sound good (supported by a subwoofer) with classical music.
Thanks again to the forum for being an excellent resource.
Omega Speakers Junior 8 AlNiCo XRS in Zebrawood
Linear Tube Audio Ultralinear Amp (20 watts per channel in preproduction chassis)
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL Preamp
Aqua La Voce S3 DAC
Musical Fidelity M3scd CD Player
REL T/5i Subwoofer