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Speaker recommendations for a 300B SET amplifier - small room

Discussion in 'audio' started by Yivez, Jan 18, 2022.

  1. Yivez

    Yivez Active Member

    I am looking for recommendations for a speaker suitable for a 300B SET amplifier (9W) that can work 6ft(1.8m) from my listening position and can't be more than 50cm from the front wall. The speakers are positioned just over 2m apart, and there is over a meter distance from sidewalls.

    I tend to like bookshelf speakers or speakers with a small footprint. However, they need circa 90dB or more to get the best from the system in terms of sensitivity. There doesn't seem to be a lot of choices. Am I chasing rainbows?

    Happy to buy second-hand or new and budget is up to £4k.

    Your help is much appreciated.
     
  2. oldius

    oldius Can pleasure be measured?

    300B amps work best with efficient speakers. Unfortunately, that is hard to properly achieve with small boxes and I, personally, would rethink your amplifier choices given your room.
     
  3. mr sneff

    mr sneff pfm Member

    These work well close to the wall in small rooms and with small tube amps
     
  4. mr sneff

    mr sneff pfm Member

    You'd need to make a quick decision though, 2 or 3 people are suddenly interested.......
     
  5. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    Snell/Audio Note K will fit purpose
     
    Wilson, sjs, Si74 and 2 others like this.
  6. Yivez

    Yivez Active Member

    Thanks this is one speaker I had considered and ideally try in the room
     
  7. chris@panteg

    chris@panteg pfm Member

    Definitely Snell or AN K. Get the right stands too.
     
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  8. Bairnstorm

    Bairnstorm pfm Member

    Tannoy used to do a little speaker. Can't remember what is was called.
     
  9. TCar

    TCar pfm Member

    Autograph Mini but it's not 90db. I used them with a 12 watt Leben cs300 but dont know if they would work with this amp. Very fine little speaker it is though
     
  10. RoA

    RoA pfm Member

  11. anubisgrau

    anubisgrau pfm Member

    autograph mini, strangely it is not for a low powered amps
     
  12. RichardAusten

    RichardAusten pfm Member

    You might also consider the AN J - It has significantly deeper bass and more dynamic ease. Can be placed right up against the wall as well and about 3dB more sensitive.

    They really aren't that much bigger - it will depend on the room interaction. (K,J, E)

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    I love the K - Owned a set in 2003 and own a pair again today along with the E and AX Two.

    I also had the J/SPe for 13 years.

    Shove em into corners if you have them available

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    (Gearbox Records)
     
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  13. Yivez

    Yivez Active Member

    Thanks for sharing. I hadn't considered the AN-J's (size) but looking at the image they are not much bigger but with greater sensitivity and frequency response.
     
  14. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

  15. Linus

    Linus pfm Member

     
  16. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Klipsch Heresy? Tannoy Eaton? Living Voice? It's not exactly easy to find small speakers that are very sensitive but perhaps some larger sensitive speakers will work in a smaller room?
     
  17. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    In my experience LV won't work with flea powered amps. I had a 16w 845 and the OBX R2s were a poor match.
     
  18. cupples

    cupples pfm Member

    Triangles tend to have higher sensitivity and in my experience work well with valves, but I've only used smaller bookshelves such as Cometes, although the Titus is often recommended.
     
  19. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Used opera Callas with 9wpc 300b in near field.in a small room Sound like a LS3/5a with better bass & dynamics
    Italian so Also look fantastic
    Callas - OperaLoudspeakers EN

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  20. Yivez

    Yivez Active Member

    They certainly look the business!
     

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