samberger0357 Posted January 1, 2016 Report Share Posted January 1, 2016 I have several "big" amps that I can use with the 3's. Yamaha M-4(170 watts @ 4ohms), Adcom GFA 5400(200 watts), Crown XLS 1000(325 watts). They all sound fine. But I really miss my tubes. I have restored Heathkit W-5M mono blocks(25 watts @ 8 ohms, don't know about 4, maybe the same?) and Fisher 500B and 400 receivers(between 25-30 watts at 8 ohms, again not sure about 4 ohms). When I put the 3's back in the system a few days ago, I had been using the W-5's with a restored pair of Wharfedale W60's. Splendid sound. I was excited to get the 3's back in after a period of one of them being in the shop, so I didn't change out amps and tried them with the 5's, and a Dynaco Super Pas pre. Well, I thought they sounded fine, and they got plenty loud in my relatively small space. I could get the Dynaco up to about 10 or 11 o'clock and by then it was loud enough for the wife to ask me to turn it down. My listening habits are basically at quite normal levels, mostly jazz, classical, some rock, and lots of old time, acoustic based music. So my question pertains to the recommendations that the 3's are really power hungry and need hundreds of watts to come to life. When I use one of my bigger amps, I can barely get the gain on my pre up a couple notches. They sound great these lower levels, but I'm obviously not using much of the amps capability. So If I used my "lower" power tube gear, what am I giving up? I'm guessing mostly dynamics. But given that my listening levels are so conservative, would there really be much of a difference in using the big amps over the smaller ones? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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