I just commented on this. I am not having good results with SS. Just sent Steve an email on picking up an SE84UFO. This is my last attempt to get beautiful, full and rich sound from my Omega Super 3HO’s. SS is making the speakers sound way too lean. I am hoping it’s a matter of amplifier selection and not the speakers themselves. Because either the Omega’s just don’t produce bass with high damping SS amps, or these are the leanest speakers I’ve ever owned. Will keep you all posted.
AVSFan - I would observe that your speakers are still nearly new. I suspect that they are not broken in yet. Until break in, the RS5 drivers will sound thin, tight, and lean. After a while they loosen up and the bass blooms. That being said, it has been my experience that Omega speakers prefer tubes and work well be SET and SEP amps. But rather than risk buying another 2wpc channel amp you haven’t heard, I would first give the speakers a chance to fully break in. I put them out of phase, face to face, with a couple blankets thrown over and run bass-heavy music on repeat. I did this with my Super 3HO speakers every day when I went to work for a month.
I think you should also evaluate your amp choice as it relates to your musical tastes. Louis rates the HO speakers at 97dB with 4-6 ohms. To me that translates to 95 dB @ 8 ohms. Not really much different from the single driver model with with a second driver the cover the lower midrange down, effectively adding and additional 3dB bass boost. This second driver does not made the speaker go lower, it adds power to its existing bass range. It also allows the speaker to go a lot louder with more power. Where the single driver model starts sounding compressed at 5 watts or so, the double driver model sounds much more dynamic and can play much louder.
I use a Dennis Had Inspire PSE (10-23wpc SEP) with my Super 3HO speakers. I can run any tube from 6F6 to KT88. Even though the speaker is only running on a watt or two during loud passages, the reserve power is felt as a sense of ease. Changing tubes can dramatically change the character. I’m currently running KT77’s at 20wpc. The amp works into 2-20 ohm speaker impedance. With this amp, the Super 3 HO is capable of 105 dB peaks at the listening position.