Try the older Klipsch Quartets, Forte, or Chorus speakers. Sound pressure is a minimun of 97.5%. I have heard newer smaller ones with a 15 watt tube IPOD and they sounded great.
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With a 15W amp, I believe there are very few models of the speakers you mentioned that would work optimally.
In addition to the Klipsch recommendation, I would add Coincident's to the list. What kind of price are you looking at? Also, are you looking for large full-range speakers or small monitors? Either way, the Coincident lineup should work well for you.
The older Klipsch will play at high volume in a big room. I know this because I audtioned my La Scalas with the previous owners 3 watt amp. Those speakers are rated at 104 Db at 4 ft per watt. 104 decibels is unbaerable . The problem is that using a small out put amp all of the sound comes from the Squaker or midrange horn and tweeter. the 15" woofer adds almost nothing to the sound. If you were to use a higher output amp the music has much more bass and balances the shouty horns thus, it is much warmer, I say warm with caution because it is relative to the low out put amp's tizzy sound they are never fuzzy. The bass is very good however it remains tight and articulate bass with more power. For reasons I cannot understand SS macs and Klipsch are well to have excellent synergy. ? autoformers? I use an old 50 watt power amp by Mac with mine. But I use it rarely, I just happen to have it. I will be disposing the gear I don't use -in the future look for ads here on the Gon.
Sufentil's comments on Coincidents are true they play well with low watt amps but you have to like the "house" sound. It impossible to say what would be the best . The best speaker for you is the speaker you like the best. It is that simple.
Hi Mike how's it going?
Thanks for all the respone. I would like to add more information for my question.
1. I listen to female vocal and Jazz most of the time
2. Listen in a small - mid size room (150 sq feet) with low volumn, usually at night.
3. My price range is around $2000~$4000 used speakers.
4. Monitor or floorstand, does not matter
5. Resale value is also important, since I have experience to buy some good DIY audio stuff but hard to resale.
Omega Super Hemp is very , very good. Zu speakers are nice as well. You can add Emerald Physics CS2 for it awesome performence - with EP CS2s you will need another amp for low frequencies. PS makes nice $1000 mini amp 150wpc I think. Be carefull with your choices. I have almost made that mistake with my 2nd rig. Being prefix on M&D speakers could have end up in a very bad missmatch. I auditioned them with my own amp and indeed it was a crappy duo. Audiofeil was right - they needed power and lots of it to sound their best. One leson lerned. Do not make that mistake. 90db and above is my advise.
Triangle Titus are very transparent and natural sounding, go for a pittance these days and work very well with most any wattage. They are exceptional at low volumes but show no signs of stress when run at higher SPLs. They are small and front ported and can be located almost anywhere with very good to excellent results.
Single driver speakers are always efficient due to the absence of power absorbing crossover network. The drawback with most of them is limited bandwidth. Various manufacturers have found ways to stretch the laws of physics to compensate for this to varying degrees. Size and budget will be more limiting for you than number and variety of options. I like Zu.
DCM TFE-200. I heard these demo'd at HE2007 in NYC, run off the Jolida integrated with 15 watts/channel. Truely impressive, and this was a larger meeting room, not one of the tiny guest rooms. The sound was smooth, dynamic, extended, with a very large soundstage. They're cheap, too. www.dcmspeakers.com