You might be interested to know that the amps used by those guitar rockers were more than likely tube amps like Fenders and Marshalls. Their power rating was probably not as high as you think. Most guitar players know that a 25 watt tube head will play louder and better than a 100 watt SS rig. Some people wonder how that can be. It just is. It is a similar case with home audio. It would not surprise me if a 50 to 75 watt tube amp would play louder than your 200 watt SS amp. Also, if and when distortion is reached, the tube amp produces even order distortion which is easier on the ear than the irritating odd order disortion off SS. So the clip is softened with tubes. However, you can't expect a 3 watt 2A3 amp to produce stadium level sound. If you want loud and clear, I would suggest a Berning ZH270 ZOTL tube amp. This design has 70 powerful watts of very clean, fast, and pure sound that will drive your Klipsch speakers to very loud levels and sound very clean while doing it. It is a push/pull amp, but a very good one with the speed, weight, and authority in the bass that one expects from big SS rigs, but the clarity and sweetness of OTL tube amps. Of course, if you can afford more money the Tenor 75 watt OTL's will also do a great job on the Klipsch. They will also play plenty loud and clean. The big AtmaSphere amps will do a great job as well. These are some of the finest amps made today. The little amps under 8 watts are made for a different purpose, which is to provide the ultimate purity of sound at a more reasonable SPL. Every thing has its trade offs. Nothing is perfect. You just have to do system matching with the gear that suits your listening tastes and budget.
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