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I would be surprised if that pairing makes nice music. IMO the Monitor Audio's bass is already badly controlled and can easily boom if not controlled well. The midrange is also 'veiled' to use a kind word.
Consider also trying Rega's R3 as well as Kef's older iQ7 or the SE version. All available at large discounts. All sensitive enough to produce decent levels with the FMiTube and they have clear, incisive midrange, better treble and tight fast bass, just what you need with low power valve amplifiers though the Fatman does'nt actually fall into that category as it has SS output stage.
I completely agree with the other posts here. The RS6 will be absolute overkill with the Fatman and you'll probably listen to less music because of the sound its likely to make. Trust me, I've made that sort of mistake in the past and its not good!
The advice being given here is excellent. Follow it by arranging some demonstrations of quality standmounters with your Fatman. Get it right and you'll really enjoy your system and still have speakers that can get better and better as you upgrade your electronics.
Indeed but I did'nt say the MA's would'nt be sensitive enough rather my dislike for the range as a whole, which I have heard/used extensively with a large variety of equipment, mostly ending in the same result. Having said that, I was somewhat taken by some RS8's with MF Xray/XT100/Power supply (pardon if I got the model #'s wrong). That was about the only time when I thought some synergy was there with any of the speakers in the range but the bass was still ... well... pants. Sorry to anyone that ownes MA silver's, just my opinion.
I have however heard the iTube with some Rega's and it was truly impressive.
Yes, I think its those quality paper cones amongst other things. Just seems to suit valves. I took a guess on the Kef's but their basic tonality leads me to believe they are certainly worth trying with tube amplifiers even though the mid/bass drivers (iQ7) is, I believe, some hybrid material.
Yeah I know but I find the port noise and internal reflections clearly audible through the port. It makes certain instruments boxy and clearly coming from the inside of the speaker. One small blip in an otherwise lovely speaker. Love that 'xover', gives minimalism a new meaning.
drummerman:Yeah I know but I find the port noise and internal reflections clearly audible through the port. It makes certain instruments boxy and clearly coming from the inside of the speaker. One small blip in an otherwise lovely speaker. Love that 'xover', gives minimalism a new meaning.
Try rolled up socks or (better and more 'scientific') a big handful of drinking straws!
As far as I know, there's no way to tell by looking at the specs alone. MA RS6 or the similarly configured speakers seem to prefer more power than one might think.
That being said, the output of 25 watts from Fatman itube is actually more than sufficient in many applications, mainly in small rooms driving bookshelf speakers of moderate sensitivity and efficiency.
However, I think the Fatman and MA combo is a mismatch.ÿ