Just an update for anyone interested and a thank you to all who replied with speaker and tube suggestions.
It came down to the Wharfedale 10.1s
or the Polk Rti A1s
due to my severe sizing restrictions both in height and width in the upstairs cabinet. The Wharfies were soooooooo tempting because my Front L-R speakers in the Main system are Wharfedale Emerald 97
towers and the Brits just seem to get these things right ... at least for much of the Music we listen to. But the Polks, while slightly taller, were a hair better fit size-wise in width with a charted response that was very close to the 10.1s, even on the low end. The Wharfies also had a 86dB Sensitivity rating which I wanted to avoid with this small 13W/Ch tube hybrid amp ... although it drove the main system towers rated at 6 Ohm - 88dB with absolute ease, I must say, and with powerful Stereo Bass response. In the end, however, the further price drop on Amazon with free S/H after Christmas just sealed the deal for the Polks.
So the A1s were ordered post-Christmas and shipped overnight after making sure my wife wanted to keep the Roth MC4
as dock/amp for her new iPhone 4s
, which she loves. Now we need to get something like the CA Sonata CD30
player to complete the setup. Or maybe save a little and go with the CA DV30
since we could use both CD and DVD in this system. And naturally we are eagerly anticipating hearing MP3 downloads through some better quality amping and speakers than the Panasonic mini-system we had in place. Until she begins acquiring her download collection, I will use the surprisingly capable but still too wide Philips DVP3960
for CD/DVD play.
Many thanks again to all who took an interest.