If you can find a used pair of Meadowlark Swifts or, even better, Kestrel 2s they will work great with the Jolida.
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Hello Complaisant, I like your original idea for the 102, i prefer it to the 202 which i also like with its EL34s, but the EL84s in the 102 are sweeter with better bass with the right speakers IMO. Spend the extra $200. on a modded 102 and by all means if you are a woodworker, build your own speakers, lots more bang(probably not the best word to use, substitute music) for the buck! There are lots of high efficiency speaker kits out there. I like the Fostex drivers(6" 166,167,or168) with or without sub depending on what you build. Check out the Bk-16 Fostex design from Madisound, they recomend the new 165 driver w/ supertweet.($600.) I bought the cabinets(precut0 with 166 drivers for under $400. Common Sense Audio sells kits w/ or without cabinets using the Fostexs, Lowthers, or their own Audio Nervana drivers($100. pr for the 6"! I was recently turned on to the Bob Brines Acoustics kits w/ Fostex or Lowther drivers and although i haven't heard them I will be building the FT 1600 MKIIs as soon as possible, the design looks great and well thought out. Also there is the Hammer Dynamics kit and Adire Audio 10.1 amd 12.1 kits. Fostex also has a bunch of designs for their drivers-Free! I'm sure there are other good choices too, maybe someone else can chime in on that. DIY man! Maybe you should also consider building your amp too, lots of choices there too, don't get me started! One thing i think you should consider besides the 102 is the Almarro 205 amp. It is assembled, uses EL84s(1 per ch. in single ended topology as compared to the 102s push pull topology. The 205 only puts out 5W/ch but with these types of speakers, that's plenty. I heard the Almarro at the NYC show this spring with Almarros new top of the line speaker, only 89db efficiency i think, and that amp is incredible. Sweet and natural with amazing bass, even with the lower eff. speakers. The 205 sells for about $650. on Audiogon! It has gottin' great reviews mated with$10,000+ speakers, it's that good! Only 1 imput but you could use a passive pre or i would replace the volume control with a better one and add a selector switch and some more rcas. Enough! Just one man's opinion. Good luck and have fun, Alan
klipsch floor standing models- sf1; f10; sound great with the 102 or 202. jolida amps are real nice for the price. should cost more. i have a pair of advent 6003s- a 3 way speaker. rare and few know much about them. best sounding speakers i have ever heard. i am sure there are better, but the best i have ever heard. those will take a 10 to 150 w amp. i run a jd202 with those, and sometimes with the klipsch. 202 hooked up to the advents and play jeff beck blow by blow up loud- crack of the snare drum and i took cover. thought there were gun shots. on a budget look at both klipsch and jolida. if you need or want an impressive name tag and are on a budget you will never be happy. simple. look at some vintage scott tube amps.