Originally Posted by Kemet
but I am sure they sound absolutely awesome in a high end large home theater with recommended amplification of 800-1600W you need a quality pro-amp to get the best out of them, or just go with their Class D active version.
That is a very common misconception. Yes you need that amount of power to be able to "get the most" out of them, but how many people are running their system at 130dB+???
Not many-at least in the home market. Because of the high sensitivity, you can get quite a bit of sound with normal amps. A standard 100watt amp will give you 120dB or more (depends on how you look at the SPL responses). That is usually more than enough for the full range part of the signal.
Yes subs will typically be hotter, so you would be looking at the range of 130dB+ in the sub range to keep up with a single channel with 100 watts and a SH50 on it.
Just keeping it in perspective.
It is surprising even in the pro market the number of people who make that mistake. So if it was rated at 100 watts (and had a max SPL rating 10dB less to go with it) would people feel better knowing they could push it "to it's max" with a normal amp? Maybe. But I would rather have a loudspeaker that is just "loafing along" and never gets pushed, than one that is constantly pushed to its max.
PS-there are some new ideas we are working on that may offer more options to the home market-but they are probably a couple of months away. No details than can be talked about yet-we have a lot of testing to do first.