The Reference 3a mm decapo i or the Dulcet is a very good match with your amp. The decapo i is 92 db efficient and easy to drive, the Dulcet is 87 db, not as easy, both great speakers.
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I have to say that both ideas you gentlemen have offered look great, but the Von Schweikert VR1 is closer to my price range. The Reference 3A MM products look great, but are simply more than I can afford right now.
Can you give me any comparisons for these speakers to any of the speakers I have heard? I am particularly trying to get an idea how a speaker would sound in comparison to the JM Labs Chorus 706, which I have heard, and the Omega Super 3, which I am very curious about (the whole single speaker, single point source, no phase shift thing sounds logical) because they are in roughly the same $600 price range. Unfortunately I am limited to a new or used speaker in the $1000 or less range, and a $1000 speaker is going to have to be a LOT better than the $500 speaker to get the nod.
If i were in your shoes and running an ASL amp, i would look for a speaker that had the highest sensitivity possible with a higher nominal impedance that didn't suffer from any drastic impedance swings. These amps aren't very stable and anything that you can do to ease the load that they see will probably work for towards your sonic benefit. Sean
I have a 1003 amp and I am running a pair of JM Reynaud Twins. The sound is very full and rewarding. Of the speakers you are interested in, I have only heard the JM Labs, which I found to sound a bit dead, not as lively as the Twins. The twins do need to be a little louder than some speakers to come alive, but the soundstage and imaging is very impressive.
Look into Salk Sound. Jim Salk has been involved in the recording industry for some time, he has recently began making speakers. To me his products look first rate and come with a return policy. Just Google Salk Sound and follow the link to his web site. He is very good at answering all e-mails about his products. When funds permit I will be checking out his stuff. He's worth a look