What's best in highly sensitive/efficient speakers.

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What are the cream of the crop in the highly sensitive/efficient speaker world? Speakers that can be powered with say a 10 wpc SET amp?

Both in box and horn loudspeakers (excluding the obvious Magico ultimate).
 
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LL21

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At that level of efficiency, I like the Wilson X-series thru XLF...though not sure 10wpc amp would do. Clearly 32 watt Lamm ML3 is more than enough ;).
 

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At that level of efficiency, I like the Wilson X-series thru XLF...though not sure 10wpc amp would do. Clearly 32 watt Lamm ML3 is more than enough ;).
AFAIK, all Wilson speakers are <95dB efficient. The Alexandria is 94.5
 

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AFAIK, all Wilson speakers are <95dB efficient. The Alexandria is 94.5
True...it was the closest I could think of to 95. Actually the original X1 which I have is 95 but that is pushing 15-20-yr old speaker.
 

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Magico Ultimate III ?
Acapella Sphaedron?
 

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Doesn't need to be ultra efficient speakers, so I guess >95dB would do.
i'd choose the 96db 6 ohm Evolution Acoustics MM7's. not only are they ultra efficient, they also go down to 6 hz (-3db) and 3 hz (-6db). they combine ultra efficiency, top to bottom coherence, room adjustability and stupendous bass performance like no other speaker.

i'd add that they are superb sounding with darTZeel electronics, i use the dart pre NHB-18NS and the NHB-458 monoblocks but they also are wonderful with the modestly powered but very refined stereo NHB-108.

and i can tell you from the output readout on the 458's that most music i play does not need more than a few watts. under 10 watts does get the job done.
 
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i'd choose the 96db 6 ohm Evolution Acoustics MM7's.
not only are they ultra efficient, they also go down to 6 hz (-3db) and 3 hz (-6db). they combine ultra efficiency, top to bottom coherence, room adjustability and stupendous bass performance like no other speaker.

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Are those affordable Mike?
 
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I have little experience with this type of speakers, but the best I have listened to are the Avantgarde Trio horns - as far as I remember they have an amazing 109 dB/W efficiency.

If some day I would want to make a trip in the very high-efficiency land they should be my obvious choice!
 
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The little OBX's ain't too shabby either :)
 

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My 2nd system will have these,Klipsch Jubilee's. I always wanted a set of horns.

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Mike Lavigne

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Are those affordable Mike?
the MM7's would not likely be considered affordable.....their price is 200 'large'. OTOH they do allow a system to be flexible in amplifier choices and eliminates any need to worry about adding subwoofers. they are also very room adjustable. so there is an efficiency in workability that does make them easier and cheaper to integrate into many situations. there has been lots of talk on WBF about adding subwoofers and finding capable amplifiers for over $150k speakers.....no issues on those counts with the MM7's.

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What are the cream of the crop in the highly sensitive/efficient speaker world? Speakers that can be powered with say a 10 wpc SET amp?.
 

Ki Choi

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Here's my WIP journey into the high sensitive horn world:

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It is based on BMS 4592ND coaxial driver for 350Hz - 20Khz @118dB/W sensitivity. The base bin is Klipsch Belle without the top hat.
 

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