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Have you heard Rethm speakers yet. ? 1.5W Watts required, oh my !charles
During the summer I use a proto-type with 1.5 watts from 2 x 6UL8 tubes developed by David Berning (he lives a half hour from me). David developed it because the 6UL8 tube is ubiquitous, having been used in TVs, and he lowered the cost of owning a tube amp. I use it to drive WLM Divas rated at 97 dB with coaxial drivers in an 11 x 11 room; listening near-field at 5 feet with the system on the diagonal. I am a believer in the "first watt principle". I'd love recommendations for other highly efficient speakers that would work in my 11 x 11 room. (Note: the house is wood frame over a crawl space so the room is susceptible to bass boom nodes.)Thanks.
I tried for years to become a DecHead, but being a rather frugal speaker guy could never find a satisfactory high efficiency speaker to pair with the little low impedance Decware amps. Along the way I bought a Radio Shack sound pressure level meter (before smart phones) and found out at just what volumes and frequencies I was listening to and that it seems that many audiophiles are clueless in both regards. Also discovered how easily audiophiles can be conditioned to accept music without bass (to live with those tiny amps), a major proud papa syndrome that audio is full of. Frankly it sort of scared me to realize after a demonstration of full bass music with such a crowd how they can live without, in fact where beyond dismissive of the whole experience of hearing the bottom 2 octaves of music (like living in a zombie movie).IMO high fidelity sound reproduction has to start with full coverage of the frequency and sound pressure ranges of unamplified live music (30 - 20,000 Hz and 105 dB peaks). Anything less may sound good and pleasing, but cannot be high fidelity. Of course the reverse is even more true, just having full coverage certainly doesn't ensure good sound. Another prerequisite where it seems many fail in obtaining good sound reproduction is having a decent room and setup within the room. That, and the love for low powered amplification, is where headphones come in.
Decware amps... Radio Shack sound pressure level meter... 105 dB peaks...
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