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3 hours ago, plasticpenguin said:

The general rule of thumb, though, is to match dark with light.

Better yet, match neutral with neutral. :fly:

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15 minutes ago, tuga said:

Better yet, match neutral with neutral. :fly:

Absolutely spot on.

If you've got an amp that's overly bright, sell the damned thing rather than trying to find speakers to use as a tone control.

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35 minutes ago, tuga said:

Better yet, match neutral with neutral. :fly:

In an ideal world you are spot on. However, none of us live in the ideal world, with various room acoustics, tastes etc etc. That's why I was careful in the wording: "General rule of thumb..."

As we all know hi-fi isn't an exact science, and finding the ideal compromise should be our aim. Hi-fi is a compromise, regardless of budget.

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15 hours ago, dave said:

I am starting to form an opinion that speakers with complicated lossy crossovers like perhaps but by no means exclusively the ls35a would tend to sound better on solid state, and those with a simpler crossover better on a tube amp. That doesn't mean that the ls35a will sound bad on a tube amp, just that it could sound more "natural" than its simple cross-overed counterpart. 

This is a personal work in progress theory.

Add this to your work in progress:

Several years ago on the Yahoo LS3/5a forum they did a poll to see what amplifier people were using. Almost everybody was using Quad II (valve) amplifiers.

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45 minutes ago, Birdbrain said:

Add this to your work in progress:

Several years ago on the Yahoo LS3/5a forum they did a poll to see what amplifier people were using. Almost everybody was using Quad II (valve) amplifiers.

That's very

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Interesting responses.  For myself I think the high power handling of the ATC’ s coupled with the Nord ( latest upgraded spec) have brought detail and fun to the front.  PMC21’s worked ok but didn’t reproduce guitar string sound as ‘real’ as the ATC’s.  ( use a real guitar and then listen to, for example, a Paul Simon CD/LP and compare) AE1’s sounded fine but the rear port played havoc with the bass in a small room.  Amplifier is the  NC500. Speakers ATC 19’s.

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