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RE: More power?

I think speakers have a 'level of loudness' a point were they don't actually get loudr, no matter the amp being used they just start to distort once its limits are reached adding a more powerful amp may give  you better control within its operating window (travel of the drive units), but the soumd levels you desire will not be achieved with these speakers.

you need to look into better designed speakers for 'loud and similar amp - but you'll lose the 'refinement''. In hifi we can't have it all.

 

 

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RE: More power?

davedotco wrote:

Broner wrote:

I have the same speakers and the same DAC as Furtone but I don't use the Arcam A19. I drive my speakers with a NAD C356BEE amp and to be honest, I didn't really had a proper idea on what to look for when I selected the amp. I have listened to this system for about a week now and I haven't yet had any moment at which I thought the amp was struggling in any way. Should the NAD be more capable of driving these speakers than the Arcam A19 or am I perhaps just not listening loudly enough?

Fixed it for you.... :cheers:

 

Haha. Considering, well you know, being just your average bloke, who basically listens to music and now and then and regularly likes to pump up the volume, I sort concluded in advance that this really need not be the decisive issue (assuming nobody's hearing is ruïned during the younger years).

 

Perhaps you're right, but I'm open for other explanations  :cheers:

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RE: More power?

hoopsontoast wrote:

steve_1979 wrote:

 

Furtone wrote:

I have a suspicion the A19's 2x50W output isn't quite enough for my Tannoys.

Why don't you borrow something like an Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver/amplifier to hear for yourself what difference 100 watts per channel can make to the sound?

 

If you like to listen to music at anything above moderate volume levels then the extra power will be nessessary to sustain the full dynamic range at higher volume levels.

 

Steve, the Onkyo is at best a 75wpc/8ohms amp Wink

 

100wpc, and Hi Fi World measured it at over that when they tested it in September 2012.  

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RE: More power?

Broner wrote:

I have the same speakers and the same DAC as Furtone but I don't use the Arcam A19. I drive my speakers with a NAD C356BEE amp and to be honest, I didn't really had a proper idea on what to look for when I selected the amp. I have listened to this system for about a week now and I haven't yet had any moment at which I thought the amp was struggling in any way. Should the NAD be more capable of driving these speakers than the Arcam A19 or am I perhaps just not listening closely enough?

NAD amps usually have enormous power supplies. My old C350 had a 225VA toroidal transformer (that's good, that is...) and used to drive my old Celestion Ditton 66 (a truly hideous load, 2-4ohms) to nightclub levels and it absolutely nailed the job, never sounding strained. And that was rated at 50Wpc too. 

Would've bought a C370 (couldn't afford it at the time), which can basically drive a tank let alone a loudspeaker. 

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