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Old 06-30-2018, 08:43 AM
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The Seas A26 is spec'ed at 88db, that's not bad. I believe the average bookshelf speaker sold today is 88db. A little on the low side for a 10 wpc amp in a larger room or for concert levels or loud orchestra works. But it would be okay in smaller rooms or for someone listening at moderate levels.

Consider that the old Dynaco A25 was measured at 82db, and several of the vintage AR speakers were in the same range at 82-83db. As well as the classic BBC 3/5a type speakers. Many people used 15-20 wpc tube amps to drive them. 20 watts into an 82db speaker is equivalent to 5 watts into an 88db speaker.

I have a 30wpc tube amp driving 84.5db speakers in my bedroom. That's a bit more headroom than what you have but to the best of my knowledge I've never clipped that amp.
I owned a pair of Dynaco A25XL’s, which were alleged to be 3dB more sensitive than the A25’s. I could run them with a 6wpc Tripath amp to high levels in my room. The A25 series had a 10” woofer that ran with no crossover elements at all. I think this well-behave driver running unimpeded made it very easy to drive.
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Old 07-06-2018, 12:09 PM
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It's good to know that I shouldn't be giving up much with these speakers. I appreciate the input! Back to more listening and tube rolling
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:43 AM
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I'm using the Seas A26 speaker kit from Madisound with my Inspire KT-150 Hotrod that I picked up a couple months ago.

I had built the speakers shortly before deciding to go the tube amp route. I have a little regret that I didn't wait and buy a more efficient speaker, but they do sound great in my fairly small room and I'm not wanting for more volume. I selected the Mundorf Evo Supreme Gold/Silver/Oil cap option and I'm amazed by the performance of the tweeter. I can't get over how great everything sounds. Instruments and vocals alike have a sweetness and realism to them. Any changes to gear or tube rolling is immediately evident. I'm curious if more efficient speakers would increase dynamics or bass slam, the bass is quite nice with the right tube combination though. I'm glad this SE amp has the grunt to make lower efficiency speakers sing!
If it sounds good to you...it is good. Trust your ears and enjoy.
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:14 PM
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I am now using my Klipsch KG4's with my new Universal Fire Bottle SET amplifier.
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