I use the BATRexpower amp (80wpc) and the sound is over the top good. Room is around 14 X 19 X 8'
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Not sure how much listening you guys have done with the Carmels, but my conclusions come from around a year of experimenting with them.
As far as the original question. I prefer tube amps with every speaker i have owned. The Carmels let them show better than any other speaker i have owned or auditioned.
Go for it! :)
Tom Hankins: Thanks for the info! I agree that the YG's are very revealing. I use the "Concert Fidelity" line of electronics to run the YG's (which are very revealing also) and with well recorded material the musical effect is positively "mesmerizing"! I was curious if any users of these YG's had tried a powerful SET. I believe 50 watts would be the least amount of power you could use!
great results using the new devialet unit on the market which blends class a and d about 240 watts (used at a number of the recent audio shows). I have also had great results mixing quality solid state amp with good tubed pre. The real key with any quality product like your carmels is system balance and synergy.
I am using a Hegel h-200 with very good results.to gain even more output I am buying XLR interconnects,the new MIT interconnects also have impedance matching switching which balances the network even further.
Adding a high quality powered Subwoofer will give the system even more flexability.p.s your digital choice or turntable will have a big effect
As to the final tonal balance.these speakers donot add any colorations
.even a powercord change will add to the balance after breakin.
I sold the Revels, and the YG Carmel's are more transparent ,seamless,and detailed
Then the B&W diamond which is still a excellent loudspeaker,the cabinet is fuller sounding,the Carmel's only lack lower Bass but a pair of the New JL
audio E-10 subs are superb and 98 % as good as the Fathoms at less then 1/2 the cost,this is now a full range speaker system.i got very lucky on auction here on the Carmel's got them for 1/3 rd the cost,this speaker setup is my new Reference .
Unless I get major bucks this will be my last speaker system.
I'm driving Carmels with Nuforce ref9se v3 with Modwright tube preamp. Really loving these speakers, at first they seemed a little lean, now I just think they are transparent and very revealing. I am curious to try with other amps, possibly a tube integrated like the VAC. BTW any opinions on distance from front wall placement?