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Robinhood, I have a friend who owns the Klipsch Heresys. Plan on taking amp to his house to give that combo a listen. Also been considering getting a PAS 3 to couple with it. I would prefer to find a pair of monitors for my purposes.
Soix, I have been watching for a pair of used Minuets. I realize that those who own them are not likely to part with them. You may have been one of others who have recommended them to me regarding my fireplace needs as posted on another thread. I need to check out their specs again.
Currently I have too many system projects in the mix. Need to sell some gear to help fund them.
I am still looking for speakers compatible with my ST-70 and budget. Never thought that this would prove to be such a daunting task. Most speakers listed as 8 ohms fall to 4 ohms or below somewhere across frequency range. In addition sensitivity ratings are often over stated.
I have looked into the offerings by Klipsch though hesitant to go there. Possibly the RP-160M might be OK.
Any thoughts would be highly appreciated!
I have a bookshelf kit that will run you about $350 if you want to build them yourself. :) More if you go with premium crossover parts.
Measurements are here.
Design is 100% free and parts available from multiple sources. Sensitivity is 89dB, impedance is over 8 Ohms until around 200 Hz where it drops to 6. Should be a very easy load.
OK, I bit the bullet and bought a pair of Klipsch RP-160M speakers (at a good sale price). I have been breaking them in and comparing them to B&W 685s as driven by my NAD 326BEE. Thus far comparison made playing system on back deck, thus no room reinforcement. I intend to make comparison in my dedicated room as driven by my main system soon. As a general comparison there are the obvious tonal differences with the Klipsch having a more forward upper mid/lower treble. I believe the B&Ws to be somewhat more refined (again outdoor environment). As driven by the NAD I felt the Klipsch represent themselves well. That said, there is much competition between budget speakers at their asking price of $440.
I bought the Klipsch based on claimed sensitivity of 96dB. No way they approach this value. Based on listening they seem not much greater in sensitivity to the 685s, maybe 90dB. I have driven them with the Dynaco ST-70 to reasonable levels however remain looking for a speaker easier to drive. I know sensitivity is often overstated by manufacturers, but to this degree. Wonder how it was measured?
Anyway I will continue to keep everyone posted as I continue down this road.