B&W or Thiel, you cannot go wrong, as both, are excellent speakers.
In the B&W- 705 or 805 are very nice. In the Thiel line- CS 2.4 will do very nicely. Most important of all, which brand of cabling do you plan to use?
What do you think of the difference between the 2.4 and 2.7? Really looking for more bass the my current 2-way Hales can deliver.
Yeah, good question I did not consider. Right now, I have some homemade cables that sound very good, but cables would probably be next years purchase (Kimber,...).
Whats your suggested pairing?
Your tube amp puts out 50W. To get good, deep bass you're going to need fairly efficient speakers, and both B&W and Thiel require some power and are not generally considered to be tube-friendly designs. Companies like Reference 3A, Silverline, and Joseph Audio among others make speakers that present a less challenging load and will not disappoint you on the imaging front. Best of luck.
both B&W and Thiel really thrive and perform at their best under high power, higher current amps.
Let's see...really not much difference between the 2.4 and 2.7 models.
The 2.7 and 3.7 uses the same coaxial drivers- consider listening prior to purchase. B&W is a sonic match for Transparent cabling.
Thiel can be matched to Audioquest, Audience, Kimber and Nordost.
Keep me posted and Happy Listening!
All - Thanks for the advice.
I may head down to Indy or Chicago and listen to so used old stock. If I can A/B, I'll make the call. Otherwise, I think I am going for either 804 or 2.4 without an audition.
Give my historical perspective, I will want to upgrade again in few years. So maybe 803's or something else.