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Valve amp for Dallas II horn speakers?


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Greetings and salutations.

 

I have recently acquired a set of Dallas II horn speakers. They sound delightful but my Peachtree amplifier is a bit too powerful for these, being able to fill the room on the 2nd lowest volume setting. Might be time to consider a little tube amp. Now I have little to no idea about these, and a fairly limited budget (<$800), but nonetheless I would love to hear some suggestions. There are plenty of Chinese tube amps in that price range, but I can't seem to find a consensus on the quality of these: http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20160331211333&SearchText=tube+amplifier

 

Thanks in advance

 

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Eric could sort you out.

 

 

If you are partial to the sweet sound of say the EL84 tube, this could fit the bill http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1xEric-McChansons-timE-Amp-Junior-6BQ5-EL84-SE-UL-Triode-Stereo-Valve-Tube-/121930396672?hash=item1c639e3400:g:FKYAAOSw7hRWOzYG

 

For a different sound and if you can stretch the budget a touch more http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Eric-McChansons-timE-Amp-6L6GC-SE-UL-SET-Stereo-Valve-Tube-/111942036074?hash=item1a1043ea6a:g:B~IAAOSwPcVVq4SW

 

Talk to him about what you need and he will suggest what will suit your listening and speaker requirements no doubt.

 

Edit: note... that I am not sure of the specs of the Dallas horns but I expect they are at least 95db sensitivity?

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Try to stretch you budget for one of Earle's Weston Acoustics amps. Earle could advise as to the best option, after all, he used to own these.

Earle's amps are nice...but..that's adding 50% to budget for his 6l6 amp.

 

Does he need 20w with those speakers?

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Second lowest volume control position on the Peachtree amp has nothing to do with the power output. You need to lower the input sensitivity of the amp. Perhaps there is too much voltage gain in the amp. A competent designer should be able to reduce this voltage gain. One person springs to mind. He is a designer and lives in the Northern suburbs. PM me if you need Gary's contact number.

 

Regards,

Mohan

06 Apr 2016

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