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Speaker recommendations for a 300B SET amplifier - small room

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

  1. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

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  2. anubisgrau

    anubisgrau pfm Member

    MM da Capo, a good call. One of the best small speakers ever made (commercially).
    Wilson likes this.
  3. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    Klipsch Heresy or Forte. For use with a 300B amplifier the speakers should ideally be 98dB and above efficiency...
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  4. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    The amp in the picture is using KT88s in parallel single-ended. This will produce a lot more than 9 watts. If properly done (which would surprise me) it should be possible to get about 25 watts in triode mode.
    If you are using a 300B amplifier you need to be looking at big efficient speakers, otherwise don't bother.
    hifinutt likes this.
  5. Yivez

    Yivez Active Member

    Do you think the Heresy would work in nearfield listening position (6ft)?
  6. sjs

    sjs Trade: SJS Electroacoustics

    Snell K, or J, possibly AN K or J, consider Heco Direkt 2-way if you can accommodate the Js on stands

    LVs prefer to live in space away from walls, so probably not ideal in this case.

    Small room and close listening distance means speakers don't need to be 100dB efficient, unless you like to listen loud :D
    AndrewR, hifinutt and chris@panteg like this.
  7. MARKY758

    MARKY758 Active Member

    Proac speakers work well with low powered tube amps. I used to have an Audion Sterling EL34 driving Proac Studio 100 and got great results. I bought the Proacs from a seller who demonstrated them with a Minstrel Tube Amp. Although not as sensitive as Snell or Audio Note etc they are smaller in size.
  8. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    I don't see why not. I've seen people sitting at that distance using Avantgarde Unos & Duos in a room 10ft x 10ft and getting a huge amount of enjoyment...
  9. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    A pair of AN Js just gone up for sale on the Wam. They look loverly.
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  10. earlofsodbury

    earlofsodbury Wastrel.

    Time and again I see people tie themselves up in knots trying to make standmounts work with low powered amps - stop doing this to yourselves!

    A moderately-sized floorstander takes up exactly the same amount of floorspace as standmounts-on-stands, looks less ungainly, and is somewhat more physically stable, as well as being easier to drive.

    If room integration is an issue, look for front-ported (e.g. most Triangles, many Focals, &c.), or sealed-box (e.g. Audionote UK and their Snell predecessors).

    Heco Direkt 'Einklang' are a leftfield alternative - single driver with a whizzer cone, base-ported, wide-ish baffle but narrow front-to-back, and thrive close to walls. Pricier, but not entirely dissimilar are Zu's various offerings, worth a try if a used pair comes-up at a sane price.
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