samberger0357 Posted October 6, 2016 Report Share Posted October 6, 2016 There's been a fair amount of chit chat over on the AR forum of late, mostly started by me, on the merits that a smaller powered vintage tube amp brings to the table when played through a pair of AR3's(if some of you KLH fans have been over there you probably know what I'm referring to). While common knowledge, and I suppose sense, indicates that 3's really need to be used with super watt amps so in order to hear everything that they are capable of(and a theory that I mostly agree with) I recently picked up a very clean, restored 400 and since the 3's are my main speakers started using it with them. I have a fairly small listening space, and play mostly acoustic based jazz at fairly reasonable levels. So I was quite surprised that the 400, all 28 watts of it, played nice and made some very beautiful sounds through the 3's. And when I brought this up, I got several mostly positive comments from folks who had similar experiences using smaller watt tube amps with their 3's on occasion, bring them in to change up from the normal 200+ watt amps that are in normal use. There has been one dissenter to this theory, but mostly as I said the reactions have been positive. So today I decided finally to swap in a pair of early(serial numbers in the high teens) Six's that I own to pair up with the 400. Well, wow. Like a very big WOW. As great as the 3's are with the 400, the Six's were obviously made to use with the 400, or any other similar vintage, similar powered tube amp. The sound is so much more powerful and big. Yes, I know the Six's are and easier load to drive, and more efficient, but the tandem pairing is just incredible, the sound so intense and realistic. Amazing. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but who else am I going to relay my pleasures too about this stuff? I haven't done a search, but would enjoy hearing from others who are using Six's with vintage tube gear, and how that's going for you. Ok, thanks for letting me rave on a bit. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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