You need tubes...15wpc.minimum should be more than enough in that size room..You should also consider acoustic treatments if you haven't done so already...
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^^^ Horse $HIT!!!
You have a small room and with your taste in music unless you listen at ear bleeding levels 15wpc.is,as I said MINIMUM...Get an EL34 Class A Integrated amp(50wpc.) with a Triode Mode,25wpc.Class A Strapped Triode with those speakers= heaven!They are genuine 89db.sensitive and have almost zero phase swing...I have been driving Dynaudios with low watt tube amps for years now with sublime results...
Freediver clearly isn’t familiar with those speakers.
I power 936’s with a 32 watt class A amp and I’m only doing that because it’s push-pull with 32V rails. You will melt your tweeters with distortion trying to get solid volume out of those with a 15wpc single ended amp. But since somebody doesn’t want to believe me, I’ll go through the math.
Those are about 89dB/V/M sensitive, but they have a low point of 4.6 ohms. I’m going to round that to 4 for simplicity. That means they want 2 watts to make that 89dB at a meter around the low point. That mean you need 8 watts at 2 meters or 6 feet away. And then you need 32 at about 10 feet. And that’s assuming no transients that exceed the mean volume. 15 watts is ok if you feel like wearing them like big headphones, but you’re using yours in a room roughly the same size as mine and I’ll bet you’re 8 to 10 feet from them. 15 watts isn’t enough. Period.
I think an el34 based amplifier would work great with your speakers. Prima Luna, Triode Corporation, Yaqin... all great push pull designs that would give you some control. I'm not sure I'd go with a Jolida or Rogue with those speakers given the tonal balance, though others may disagree. Like mentioned above about 15 watts - I'm not sure it would be enough. I'd consider 30 to be more in line with minimum power.
If you like the single-ended sound and need more power, MastersounD is about to ship me the first batch of the BoX, a 35 WPC parallel SE integrated that will retail at $3,000. I could see it being a good pairing and likely enough power to control the Focals. I am the distributor so take that as you may.