hello all - i am a new member, this is one of my early posts here - though i have been a music lover and audiophile since the 80's!
i have met don sachs recently discussing his lovely line stages, and he turned me on to spatial, as he is loving his x5's
i spoke clayton briefly earlier today and he was kind to have a good discussion with me to help me understand the new m3 and m5 sapphires in the rationalized product lineup, and i am inclined to order one of them to try
my thinking, after being very familiar with my boxed and electrostat speakers (harbeths and quads) driven my various tube and ss amps, is that i would like to experience what these very cool ob speakers can do in my room, my system
i had dabbled with high efficiency horn loaded speakers in the past (but did not like the horn colorations), thus still have several nice low powered SE tube units such as a pair of Wavelength Cardinals and a Cary 300B SEi... thinking that given the almost crossover-less design of the new spatials i would try to run those with these super pure, low power amps
i have now read the 21 pages of posts on the m3/5 sapphires thread here, but i guess because they are so new, there is hardly any user feedback on the new m5s's... i am wondering if the m3 or 5 would fit better in my dedicated well damped 16x18x9 listening room... for mostly jazz pop and vocals music, which would be a better match for the amps and have the proper level of bass output
the m3s are rated 4 ohm impedance, dipping even lower at 100 hz, if i read correctly, whereas m5s are 8 ohms... but 2 bass drivers vs 1... which is better driven with 8-10-12 watts of single ended tube power? will the bass be sufficient?
curious to hear input and reactions, esp. for those who may actually have m5s's in hand, past break in...
absent add'l input, my plan would be to order the 5's to try them first, with clayton's generous 60 day trial offer, if the bass is insufficient for my listening and taste, then return and move to the 3s...