Originally Posted by mechx
Been following this thread for awhile now and am really interested in the Phil 3's since I'm mostly 2 channel music listening.
Since I'm mostly classic rock, progressive rock, seems the Phil's may not be for me. I haven't really read any reviews for awhile of anyone using the Phil's for rock music. Anyone?
I would love to hear some impressions from someone with similar listening taste. I wouldn't be listening at extreme levels anyway, but occasionally I would have to admit, I do crank it above 100 db for a few seconds. Should I even be considering the Phil's?
Well IMO the 2.5db sensitivity advantage of the Phil 2s makes more sense for your purposes. I don't think any rock music will have content low enough (below 40hz) for the difference between the two speakers to be meaningfully audible.
The RAALs are very robust tweeters that can handle the compressed highs of rock music - probably better than all but a hand full of tweeters. Additionally, you've got a larger midrange playing up to almost 3khz (almost the top limit of around 80% of high power music content) and a larger midwoofer playing up to around 6-800hz (again, another frequency band where power demands are reduced above it).
The only possible problem is that an amp might clip, or you might get some thermal compression after extended periods (IE 2H) of listening at high SPLs. I wouldn't be worried though - feed them power and just be responsible
I would use a Crown XLS2000 just to ensure the amp isn't clipping.
These speakers will do great on your music tastes, and pretty much any music tastes aside from dance club stuff with > 120db bass. They start from the basic principles of flat frequency response and wide, even off-axis response - which makes them very versatile barring poor mixes - which is never the speaker's fault.
I have a marsh a400s amp that's 330 watts at 4 ohms. I'm hoping that amp would pair up ok with the Phil 3's...
That will be perfect! It'll get you into the 100db range just fine with the Phil 2s, and close enough with the Phil 3s in-room.