I saw a post recently...about pairing the LS-50s with a Rega Brio-R (I was going to chime-in, but I can't seem to find it now
I have to admit...these speakers have me totally vexed. I started off, driving them (in my Office rig) with a Rega Brio-R. I had found the Brio-R, to be a wonderful little IA...with other pairings; Monitor RX-1s, Rega RS-1s...maybe some others. But with the LS-50s, I still felt they were coming up a bit short.
I was really curious, about the W4S mINT...because I read a review, that dug the combo; and the general consensus, was the LS-50 needed a good, swift kick in the as*...to sound their best
I tried a Hegel H-70 instead...and liked it so much; I almost immediately turned around...and bought the new H-80. That combo was fine...quite fine; but then...
I have a little Cayin 6V6-tube IA; that I had used with the Rega RS-1s for a spell. Great-sounding unit...but, it's rated 10watts per side (truth is...it always sounded
much bigger; and I've seen reviews, that suggest it's more stout than that). I hadn't brought myself to sell it for a while...because like I said, it's a little beauty; if you can find a way to make it work.
But, I finally decided to list it...and just to make sure everything was in good working order, get some pics, and give it one last listen before it went to a new home; I threw it into the Office rig. I expected it to sounded positively anemic; with the inefficient, supposedly power-hungry LS-50s...especially coming straight from the Hegel H-80.
What can I tell ya; this hobby can throw you for a loop sometimes. Don't ask me why; the LS-50s...IMHO...sound better, than with any of the 3 previous amps!
They're a strange, beautiful creature...these LS-50s. Experiment guys; you just might find a surprise to your liking, as I did.