I just traded for some Cain & Cain Abbys to use with my Sophia Baby. Amazingly happy.
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Looks like you have a good list going. Of the ones you have listed I have owned Tekton, Zu Omen and Klipschorns. You can see my system page to see the ones I've kept.
I have also heard Sonist at a show and really liked them, so you might want to check those out as well.
I've never heard Devore speakers but people like those with SET.
Hmmm...You use a low watt SET to listen mainly to classic rock? Well, I guess a Zu Essence may be your best bet. 10.3 inch woofer, 97 db sensitivity. Some folks are happy with the Tektons, also with a large driver and sensitive. I'm loving my Omega MaxHemp V2s, but it has an 8 inch driver which may not be enough for you to rock out with in that size room. As a former Essence owner I will say hands down that the Omega is a much more organic and natural sounding speaker than the Zus but our listening tastes differ as I listen mainly to jazz and classical. Just a thought: if you consider changing your amp, your speaker options will open up IMHO.
Another idea is the easy-to-drive Coincident speaker. They have a large side-firing woofer which may make things easier for rock in a large room like yours. I bought a pair and couldn't get rid of them fast enough. However, the overwhelmingly favorable opinion of the Coincident speakers one this site shadow the few negative ones.
Devilboy is right,we all have different ears and preferences, thus recommendations can be tricky. The Coincident (Total Eclipse in my case )speaker is just plain wonderful in my system. Very easy load, utterly natural and emotionally engaging yet it did`nt suit devilboy at all.
I just listened to CDs of Kenny Barron,Carmen Mcrae and Dexter Gordon, wow! so real and involving.This speaker is superb with my SET 300b amp and also with my 100 watt PP amp that preceded it. as always YMMV.
Well said Charles1dad. I've been thinking about my experience with the Coincidents since I sold them a while back. I'm thinking maybe my pair didn't jive well with my equipment/cables/room, whatever. Or maybe they were even damaged in some way? As I said, this is a very well regarded speaker. For whatever reason, it just didn't work in my home.
Lindisfarne: You may want to put this speaker at the top of your list and give it a shot. You want a floorstander that will play rock with an SET. Not an easy task. Keep in mind that many floorstanders that are sensitive enough to be driven by an SET are single driver speakers. The woofers on the Coincidents may be adequate to move the kind of air your listening tastes require. What's your budget?