Hey all, new to 2 channel, so please bear with me. Most of my experience is in the Dedicated HT stuff, so wrapping my brain around "More power isn't necessarily better" is hard for me.
I've been getting back into collecting vinyl, and have done a bunch of research into putting together a nice turntable system, but I'm stuck on the amp decision.
I'm looking to start what I'd call "midrange", around $1500-$2000, and want to hit double duty as "sounds great" and "awesome looking setup" in my office. I'm a huge fan of DIY, so I'm also using this as an excuse to build some more DIYSG speakers, and hopefully a tube amp (or two). In order to keep the system streamlined, I'm looking at a phono w/integrated pre-amp (Pro-ject Debut Recordmaster is in the lead). I've mostly decided on DIYSG Apollo-7s
for bookshelves, and I'm trying to do the math for what I'd need out of an amp.
The room itself isn't large (12 x 16), so the max listening distance would be about 4-5 meters. The bookshelves are 85db sensitivity @ 1m, and I'd probably listen around 70db. By my math (and the handy Crown Audio calculator) I'm seeing that I'd only need 5w out of an amp. From my guitar experience, I feel like tube watts are warmer and louder than digital, so I'm sure anything in the 5-8w range is plenty. I'm also considering building a matching pair and running them each mono, further reducing the power needs of each channel.
Ok, so to the Questions:
- Anyone have any suggestions for DIY tube audio kits that would meet my needs? I'm seeing a few but would appreciate directions to trusted vendors.
- The Apollos are rated 10-120w, will I have a problem powering them with a 5-8w amp?
- Surely I'm not the first to try this? I searched but couldn't find any prior build threads?
- What else am I not thinking about?