Its pretty quiet around here so I thought I would post about an amp I recently purchased that really impressed me - the Leben 300XShttp://www.soundlabsgroup.com.au/p/Leben-CS300XS/Leben+CS-300XS+Integrated+Amp
Tried it on some 86db and 89db speakers and considering it is only 15W went quite loud. I was a bit surprised by this but know others have had similar experiences:http://www.ellisaudio.com/wattsratings.htm
It was a very organic and articulate amp especially on the midrange. In fact it was one of the best amps I had ever heard. I asked the maker of the speakers about the volume - why such a small amp played so loud. He reckoned it had to do with how easy a load it was - hard loads try to draw current from the amp it can't supply. I did notice the bass was just a little shy of 1.2KW amps we tried but that was about it. I was told that is the lack of bass grip the large amp had.
Anyway interested to hear what others have experienced and maybe Bob can chime in with how easy a load his speakers are. Looking forward to trying the Leben on my Sririt SE's when I get them.