Hmmm, it might work but I wouldn't bet that you will be happy. The Ethos speakers use a powered sub section and are rated at 92dB. But my guess is that you are not going to get optimal performance from this amp/speaker combination. You haven't mentioned some other important information. I assume that these monoblocks are rated at about 8 Wpc. Is this at 4, 8 or 16 ohms?
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I've been using them for about 10 days and am very happy with the sound. Several of my hobbyist friends estimate the power to be approx in the mid thirties at 8 ohms; if the switch referred to is what we think, in triode mode its output may be in the 17WPC range. I'm using the 8wpc posts. My concern, though, goes to the potential of damage, not sound quality.
Thanks, that's the kind of information I wanted to hear. I had no problem with electrostats and tubes in the past but because of the less powerful amp in this case I'm just a little apprehensive. Btw, I neglected to say that, although these are integrated amps, I'm using them set at full volume settings as power amplifiers and with gain setting from the preamp at approx1/3 of max the volume is extreme. Even though we haven't yet determined the class of operation, then, I think I can assume that the power is at least adequate for these speakers.
Use the amp on the lowest impedance taps, 4 ohms in this case.
Martin Logans tend to be low impedance, often 4 ohms at the crossover point with the woofer, decreasing to 0.5 Ohms or so at 20KHz.
If the amplifier sounds a bit dark or rolled off on top, it may be the low impedance messing with it. You can correct this using a set of ZEROs (www.zeroimpedance.com).
You won't damage the amps in any event, at least no on account of being hooked up to these speakers.
I used big VTL 300 Deluxe monoblocks on Martin Logan Quest Z speakers (they have a cone woofer) and they didn’t work out at all. The VTLs are really big monsters.
The ML quests were known to be difficult loads on an amp. The sound was really not that good. I replaced the speakers, not the amps, and purchased a pair of Magnepan 20, top of the line speakers and the matching worked very well. I lived with this setup for about 10 years and was very satisfied.
What I found really interesting was the problem was not in the bass. That is what everyone told me would be the problem but it was not at all..... the sound was "glassy" in the mids and upper frequencies. I never heard this characteristic before. There is no doubt, it was the tube amplification. Before I purchased the MLs, I was traveling and when I would be in a new town, I would pop into a high end dealer and listen and quickly decided on the MLs. All the shops powered the MLs with transistor amps. I figured my VTLs were monsters so I would have no problem. Wrong.
Of course, after I described what I was hearing to my local stereo shop, the guy said "Oh that is the tubes, you can;t drive MLs with tubes"... Great.
A simple test is just borrow a friend;s transistor amp and compare for yourself. The transistor amp does not have to be a big one, just a quality unit.... you will see (or hear).
Bruce in Philly
There is no doubt, it was the tube amplification. Before I purchased the MLs, I was traveling and when I would be in a new town, I would pop into a high end dealer and listen and quickly decided on the MLs. All the shops powered the MLs with transistor amps. I figured my VTLs were monsters so I would have no problem. Wrong.You certainly can- I have had customers driving MLs with great success for the last 28 years, and we make OTLs! You use something called the ZERO (www.zeroimpedance.com). That gets rid of the glassy sound and opens up the highs.