"The 7T's don't need a lot of power. When Michael Kelly first demoed the 7's at the Colorado Audio Fest he used an 80wpc Peachtree Audio Integrated. In fact he liked the combo so much he bought the Peachtree. Enjoy the music you've got a great pair of speakers."
Originally Posted by ricjor1
I currently drive my 7Ts with a Peachtree 220se. It sounds good, but I was told I'm only getting 80% of the 7Ts capability! I'm just not ready to spend an additional 5-10K to go to the next level.
I am looking at the same issue. I have recently purchased the 6T's . Very happy with them.
According to Michael Kelly they have a sensitivity of 90 dB and an impedance of basically 4 ohms.
Currently I am using a recently acquired Oppo HA-1 DAC/headphone amp/pre-amp (highly recommended so far - just read the user comments out there) using JRiver/MacBook and Sonos as digital inputs and am trying various amps:
1) Naim NAP 100. Small form factor linear amp, actually intended for a different room. But this little guy puts out 75 watts into 4 ohms and these speakers rock. It will struggle at max volume, but this is an unrealistic listening volume in any event. Very pleasantly surprised as were several reviewers. Reviews need to be taken with caution as always.
2) Copland CSA-8. My old integrated. I think the Naim does just as well at 1/4 the shelf volume.
3) Just demo'ed: Gato model 150 integrated amp. Danish high end, 250 watts into 4 ohms, very interesting visual design. Aerial Acoustics is the US distributor for Gato. Perhaps better matched to the 7T's; I think a little much for the 6T's. But very cool to look at and easily powered the speakers to symphony levels at less than 1/2 volume.
4) on the list, soon to be demo'ed: Simaudio Neo 330a. This could be a great match with the Oppo. Plenty of power, more than enough actually - 250W into 4 ohms, but the Neo 330a is a fully balanced design as is the Oppo, so could have a balanced design throughout, which has appeal. Below the Gato and above the Naim in cost. Fairly small - only 3.5" tall and runs cool. Based on what I saw, think this amp will be working just fine after I stop.
5) potential : Linn amp, model 2200. Combo of a switch-mode power supply and linear amp section. About 1/2 the weight of the Simaudio and Gato. Between the Naim and Simaudio in price.
6) Maybe - Something from Anthem.
I am sure there are many others, but these are local to me and easily demo'ed and the dealers I work with are very good and will (deservedly) get the business.