Atma-Sphere m60s, used.
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Thank you all for your replies! In regards to J_bailey's suggestion I have been doing some thinking and being that the speakers that I am going with have a large difference in their efficiency would it be a better/smarter idea to go with 3 different amps for my situation? Have low power amp for the tweeter (SPL: 109 dB 1W/1m) , a more powerful amp for the mids (SPL: 86 dB 1W/1m) and then of course the ridiculously powerful Krell for my subs? Let me know your thoughts and thanks again for the replies guys!!
With all due respect, this sounds like a horribly overly complex setup, which would be difficult to wrap your arms around.
I recommend stepping back to see the forest from the trees. For starters, are you using this rig mostly for movies in surround, multichannel music only, or 2 channel music? IME, most 5.1,7.1 etc. has most music from front mains, and the center channel is mainly spoken dialogue. Any rig that is bi or tri-amped is going to rely on expert knowledge of crossovers etc. to get any kind of balance. You mention everything except what your speakers are. That would help.
Can we translate your question to something akin to,
"I have X speakers in a HT setup w/JL subs, driven by Krells. What amp would make sense for the other 5 channels?" Cheers,
If you have 3 midrange drivers in each channel I would put them in series since you have an electronic crossover- that will make them easier for a tube amp to drive.
However Jim and Spencer are both making good points- getting the system to blend and work together as a unit is likely your biggest challenge.
I don't feel like I am in over my head here. I am just trying to put together a system that utilizes the advantages of the different amplifier technologies. I don't have $30,000.00 to spend on a tube amp that can push my subs so I have to use SS for the low frequencies. As for the mids and highs, I would like to use tubes as they produce a warmer better quality sound (according to most reviews) and since my mids and tweeters are more efficient than my subs I think that I can us a less powerful tube amp (mainly one that I can actually afford) to drive these speakers. The reason for wanting them on their own isolated channels is so that I have more granularity in tuning each of the speakers so they sound right in the room that I have them. I do agree that a simpler system more often then not sounds better then one of extreme complexity but I would like to try to put one together that does sound good as I have a severe case of audiophilia and thoroughly enjoy messing with this type of stuff for hours on end. I am actually so into it that I have built all of my speaker enclosures using various software to tune each of the different drivers. I am not sure of how or if I even can but I would like to post a picture of my sub woofer box on here and I think once you see that you will agree that I am not in over my head with this... :-) So I guess the question remains, what would be a good tube amp for each of my speakers, I have 2 Morel's 531's which are rated at SPL: 86 dB 1W/1m and I have one tweeter PylePro witch is rated at SPL: 109 dB 1W/1m. So obviously the amp for the tweeter does not need to be very powerful at all but the one for the mids will need to be somewhat powerful. Since I would like to use two different amps to drive these what would you guys recommend for each of the stated speakers? Thanks again for any and all input!
Also let me know how to post pics if that is even possible as I would like to show you all my sub enclosure....
Forgot to mention that this setup will in the end be a 5.2 system used for HT (the room is not large enough for a 7.2 system) As for right now it is mainly used for music. I would like all the front speakers in this system to be driven by tubes and the less used rear speakers I will just use a quality SS as these are not the main focus anyhow. Also I will be running the speakers in series so as to lessen the load on the tube amp. Depending on which amp I go with I will present a 8ohm load or higher to the amp. My end goal here is to have my front center speaker consist of 4 Morel 531's and 2 tweeters. Each of the left and right side monitor's will have 3 Morel 531s and 2 tweeters apiece.
Mello, there are not a lot of low power balanced amps out there. Our S-30 is likely one of the few, but it is a stereo amplifier, so you would have to accommodate that if that is how you proceeded. It might be easier to get some smaller amp since the tweeter only needs a couple of watts, and run the amp using half of the balanced signal, while loading the other half so that the balanced operation is maintained.
The midrange is going to need more power- 60 watts might actually be enough, depending on the room. As a side note, I would also try operating the tweeter off of the midrange amp, using an attenuator to reduce its level. You may find it sounds better- electronic crossovers often rob the system of detail.
So, are you suggesting that I use a passive cross-over for my highs which in turn would allow me to use an RCA connection as I would not have to run it through my electronic cross-over? If so what amp would you suggest in that case? I had always been under the impression that electronic cross-overs were the way to go for sound quality? Or do you suggest using a passive cross-over on my mids as well? If so what amp would you use?
by attenuator do you mean an L-pad?
thanks a ton Atmashere! I really appreciate all your help!
Attenuator- L-pad, in this case.
Electronic crossovers really work well for getting more sound pressure, but its debatable whether they help sound quality. Some speakers are of such disparate design that sometimes there is no other way.
In this case if you don't use an electronic crossover the amp that you use for the midrange will have to play the bass as well, so that amp will not likely be able to play nearly as loud. Your tweeter is so much more efficient that you can drive it as an afterthought by any amplifier that can drive the mids. Does your crossover have a balanced output for the midrange amplifier? Can it be set up as a two-way?
I've yet to see any amplifier that is low power on one side and high on the other.
We make a stereo 30/w channel amp called the S-30 and a several monoblocks. If you put the mids all in series our smallest monoblock, the M-60, may well make enough power to do the job- about 80 watts per channel.
Both have true balanced inputs. The S-30 may well be the lowest power tube amp to feature true balanced inputs.