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Old 30th October 2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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This is my first post on this site so please forgive any inadvertent etiquette or technical errors.
I bought a FW J2 about a year ago and love it. Tried it with my Harbeth 30.1 speakers (8 ohm/~85 dB), lifeless and really not good. Tried it with my JM Reynaud Twins (4 ohm 89 dB), much better, and great for an affordable speaker (I got those used for a few hundred dollars about 12 years ago).
I thought the amp was capable of more so took a 2.5 hour trip to an audio shop with interesting speakers, brought my amp (and FW pre also). Sources were my Pono player with hi-res files and the shop's TT (Well Tempered, Dynavector tonearm, Ortofon cartridge, German tubed phono stage---I could look up make/model, don't remember off the top of my head).
Consonance full range speaker: yuch. Devore O93: good, not great. At this point the shop owner was well into a long speech about inferiority of solid state. Falcon Acoustics Ram Studio 30: holy f$#@. Shop owner's head snapped around--"oh, I see what you mean about this amp...". They are new speakers--I bought serial number 12!
Just my experience, but if you're looking for a match to the J2 and you can listen to these you may want to.
Oh, BTW, the sound was OF COURSE way better with TT than Pono. I had brought some records so was able to listen to familiar music.
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Old 30th October 2017, 05:41 PM   #2
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Ask me to recommend speakers for FW amps all the time.

You input is appreciated.

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Old 30th October 2017, 07:34 PM   #3
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isn't it time for proper FW speakers , then ?

Mighty Moi - modest as always ....... it can be something as this :

Sonido , (almost) 1,5 Way speakers by ZM , Woland Edition | Zen Mod Blog
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Prototype 1.5 way done on open baffle (TV box).

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This method works extremely well ie boosting bass response like this.
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as custom speaker box for regular FW speaker , that's not so economic solution

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The abstract observation that I've concluded is that lower wattage (<25W) SS amps such as FW enjoy speakers that are delicate, but not too delicate. Speakers that wake up with a little bit of power. But not too much power. The answer is obvious! I jest of course. The answer isn't obvious at all. But I stick to my brand-name 'specially auditioned/selected' 80's something 3-ways with 10 inch woofer. But that's my sound. Full. From the other room. And I refuse to part with them. Unless someone offers me a deal on a pair of 12 inch Tannoy. Then I'll think about it.
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even then do not part with your old good ones

regarding Tanns ........ general rule is - if in doubt , use bigger Tannoy
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Yes, the 15" HPD's from the early '60's you will not have to think about.

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Those have been mod'ed with only an Audax mid cone. My thumb rule or first hurdle, must be able to hear bass while turning chicken on the grill. And it only get richer while getting closer. Our needs may be as diverse as the equipment itself. Some need a sweet spot where the chair is.. to each their own.
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Yes, the 15" HPD's from the early '60's you will not have to think about.

I'm not nit-picky ....... any of 15'' will do

HPD ( without Girdacoustic, if possible) , K3808 , 3883 ........ differences are in "had I 2 ......... or 3 glasses of Wine?" realm
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