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How big is your room?? What type of amp are you using, or planning to use??Don
I’ve heard all of them at RMAF over the years and they are all great speakers, any of them would make you happy. But from a pure performance standpoint the NX-Oticas just outclass everything on your list.
Only thing Spatial has that competes with the NX-Otica is the Lumina at $27k. And the Lumina is an incredibly good speaker. Worth every penny of that $27k asking price. But IMO the NX-Otica beats it from a pure performance standpoint. On the other hand, the Lumina looks like a piece of art and the NX-Otica does not. Again, the Lumina and the Otica are just in a different class than the other speakers on this thread. And if you're looking to use a lower powered amp, that goes double. Offloading the bass makes a huge difference in allowing lower powered amps to shine. I have a Super 7 which is similar in design to the Lumina and to the NX-Otica and I run everything from a Type 45 amp (2 watts) to a 2a3 amp (4 watts), a 300b amp (8 watts) and a Almaro 318b amp (18 watts), all of them are SET amps and sound fabulous with this type of speaker. I also have high efficiency full range speakers in my 2nd system (modded Klipsch Forte IIIs) and these amps fall down a bit when asked to drive a speaker full range. Even at 99db efficiency, the 2nd system speakers don't sound as good with the 45 or 300b amps vs the Super 7s in the main system.
Since it will be in a home theater set up I will power them with a hypex amp multi channel. maybe I will add a little tube amp to play around with once in awhile
with a hypex amp multi channel. maybe I will add a little tube amp to play around
Only thing Spatial has that competes with the NX-Otica is the Lumina at $27k.
a Type 45 amp (2 watts) to a 2a3 amp (4 watts), a 300b amp (8 watts) and a Almaro 318b amp (18 watts)
That's quite a statement. Would be really nice to see some review comparisons of each other strenghts. Luckly I'm gonna test the MTM ottica soon I've been wondering of what the 45 and 2a3 (and 318) bring to the table compared to the 300b that I love. Would you care to elaborate a bit their comparative strenghts when playing in an active system like the otticas?
Re: the Lumina's, it's not that surprising when you consider that the Lumina uses the exact same servo OB bass system that the NX-Otica uses (which is the best stereo bass on the planet, IMO). The main difference between the 2 speakers is what is used for upper bass, mids and highs. As good as the Lumina is (and it's outstanding), the NX-Otica is just better, particularly the tower Otica version. Re: a 45 and 2a3 amp vs the 300b, I'm happy to help! For me, the 45 tube is the clearest, cleanest most direct, most 'you are there' feeling tube. Its really amazing. BUT, you must pair it with a very easy load and a speaker thats very high sensitivity. Even then, it's very volume/power limited. As long as you don't play it too loud and give it an easy load, it's an amazing sounding tube. The 2a3 is closer to a 45 in sound than it is to a 300b. It's like a 45 tube but with balls. You lose some of the 'you are there' transparency but you gain quite a bit in swing and dynamics. The 300b IME is the most variable amp, based on what 300b you are actually running. I've run several different 300b tubes in my amp - some unlabeled ones that came with the amp, a pair of Gold Lions, a pair of Sophia Princesses and a pair of the $800 Psvane WE300b tubes. I wasn't really impressed with the amp until I got the Psvanes in there. With those tubes, it had a big, bold presentation that also had this beautiful 'lit from within' quality. Not as intimate or emotionally naked as the 45 or 2a3, but a very worthwhile sound in it's own right.
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