Thanks Guys for the speaker recommendations.
I did a quick overview of the links you guys posted. Thanks, all are very nice looking speakers and I plan to learn all I can about them and the company. However, because my amps of choice are tiny single ended tube amps most speakers will not work well in a low power setup. At best my amps deliver only 7 wpc so my thinking is most traditional speakers with a NORMAL sensitivity range in the 83db to 89db 1 watt @ 1 m are not going to be loud enough ( efficient enough) to work with my rig. My Pendragons rated at 98 db and my Fostex loaded Tektons are around 94db and they are just loud enough 6' to 8' back at normal 2 ch listening levels. Based on my experience I cannot go any lower on the sensitivity ratings with a replacement speakers as they just will not work with 5 watt max input (assuming these Tekton specs are accurate). I guess 99% of all newer home speakers fall in that under 89db so I am looking for that 1%.
The 4" Fostex drivers that are in my old set of bookshelf Tektons are used with minimal or no power robbing crossover and do wonders with a 1 watt tube input. People say the 1st watt is the best watt and its downhill after that? Thats the logic with the cult following of these tiny amps anyway.
I may try reloading my Fostex drivers in a larger folded horn enclosure as I can find lots of designs on the net based around that driver however, if I can get another octave or so of low end I may be happy.
I see I have a small speakers company a few hours drive from me in South Carolina that specializes in Fostex loaded high efficient folded horn design speaker so I may do some homework and take a drive. www.thehornshoppe.com/
I also see that Madisound has Fostex horn loaded kits for $315 a pr so I may need to start with that? http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/full-range-speaker-kits/
These Fostex drivers would not interest anyone in a theater set up and I know most of you guys are using the Tekton Pendragons in a theater rig but I thought my post may me relevant as Tekton still makes a few Fostex loaded speakers and is what 1st introduced me to Tekton and then the Pendragons.
I see just a few of you guys doing 2-ch so you guys that may find this interesting.
This Fostex loaded Tekton OB Sigma Tekton is $5,000. I never see anything about it on this site.http://www.tektondesign.com/obsigma.html
Wonder how they sound? $5,000?
My small Fostex / Tekton are VERY specail speakers at lower volume as a female vocal artist such as Norah Jones sounds as if she is in the room but a kick drum sounds like cardboard.
I am on the hunt as I want to have it all on a budget! Thats why i purchased the Pendragons and they are close to my wants and needs but IMO the Fostex with limited or no crossover just works a bit better in the vocal / acoustic instrument range but the Pendragons do everything else better so tradeoffs I guess. My thinking is the best crossover is NO crossover if you can get away with that and is my guess why I like a full range driver so much.
On my day job I design and install large pro multiway audio systems with subs and such so I love the sound and feel of a live kick drum at concert level or a bass guitars low E that will shake the room but when I get home I prefer the " she is in the room" sound. Natural but warm tube sound is what i like.
I will trade off some low end, dynamic range, high end sparkle for the midrange magic but I do hope to one day find a speaker that can do it all but it is almost impossible when you don't have but 5 watts. IMO the single ended tube is 1/2 of that vocal magic the speakers being the other 1/2.
I see some of the JTR pro stuff is 100db or better but looks like the JTR site is under construction so Im going to need to dig a bit to find out more on the home stuff. I see some of you like the JTR with theater; wonder how they would do in a 2 ch setup? Refined enough for me?
I may have all I need with my Penderagon as I searched long and hard before purchasing them and they do sound nice but I am open to change and looking.Thanks again for all the great links and info guys. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and what I am thinking about and the fact that I am very limited on what will work with my low power setup.
Speaker shopping is FUN!Edited by Soundman5000 - 9/11/13 at 2:02am