Awesome sauce! Congrats, bet it sounds great.
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Ah, yes, well it's like this:
the Thiels are like a hi resolution photograph. Every detail is there, every shade is rendered. It's acurate and tells the truth without holding back. If what you want is an accurate portrayal then the Thiels are for you.
The Zu's with Decware combo is that same photo, but as if it was painted by Van Gogh. Somehow it's richer, and moves you more.
I use use to prefer the first, but as I get older I now prefer the latter.
I recently (very recently…like a week or two) switched up my system to more efficient speakers and a little Dennis Had designed "Fire Bottle" single ended 12 watt per side amp. A surprisingly dynamic little amp with more than enough juice and maybe the best sound I've come up with over decades of various hifi items. The damn amp just seems so small for what it puts out…amazing.
I agree , my Totem Sig. 1’s have great tone even at low levels but never really open up even with 225 watt amp. I enjoy listening more on my 500 hundred bucks Rega-RS- 1’s because they are easy to drive with my 8 watt tube amp and do just as well with my 225 watt one .
IMO listening to inefficent speakers is like listening to a singer straining at their upper range . Unpleasant .