I would have thought the 8 power amp would have been enough to drive them, i think it is rated at 60 watts. I have not really listened to Cyrus amplification and so can only assume that 60 watts should be sufficient. I have got my A6s on the end of a Sugden amp rated at 36 watts and it is more than enough. Maybe give them a month to bed in and get you familliar with what you have before making any changes. Patience and all that. JJchasefrench said:So got them installed, and I dont hear any issues with it being a small room. They will be running in for a long time so it is difficult to say but nothing sounded bad. The only thing that occurs to me is they need more power, the 8 power on its own is satisfactory but sometimes the sound can be a little thin. I m currently wondering about driving one speaker with the 8vs and the other speaker with the 8 power. As far as the sound goes, I just keep thinking about their potential! After hearing both of them, and hearing the A6s in my room, I m certain you should get the A6s. Room size is about 2.5m by 4m
I think the differences are quite true and will stay even when not compared. SA1's can't be driven loud. The A6's are probably way too much for a small room. I was totally set on Spendors after reading a lot of reviews, but the SA1's had no clout and the A5's were too boomy. I've gone for PMC TB2i - have a try of the DB1i if they are too big - similar price to the SA1 but with more welly and I'd wager as good or better sound.FrankHarveyHiFi said:I'd say it might be down to the type of music you listen to and what sort of sound you prefer. While tube SA1's bass isn't bad for it's size, it's strengths will lie in the treble and midrange, which will be far more revealing than big bassy floorstanders. It'll be a tight, lively sound, with plenty of insight into what's going on. The A6's will be a much warmer and rounded sound. In direct comparison, the A6's may seem heavy and slow (or the SA1's might seem thin and lightweight) - this isn't criticising any of these two speakers, just exaggerating the differences that would be heard switching from one to the other. In isolation, what I've described is non existent. In a room that size, the SA1's would be more than enough for most people unless they like a lot of bass. If you really needed a floorstander, you could look at the A5's, or the new, dinky little A3's
SHoudl have included this one with teh previous answer!Grottyash said:Alternatively try other speakers. There are plenty that match Spendor for quality, and some are even better....chasefrench said:that is not good news at all! An 8 power alone is not enough to drive the A6s properly or the SA1s probably.
I might have to try and sell the 8vs now. If anybody has any suggestions about what I can do, I d be very grateful. The cyrus pre amp is not cheap!
If you want Spendors, you need power - I went down that route before realising I did not actually like any Spendors enough, but so many reviews could not be wrong could they? Well to my ears and needs they were. So having bought the amp first, I now I have 140W pc and 90dB speakers! - exceptional headroom and ear bleeding capacity if I wanted that (which I don't, but it should mean never ever risking a blown speaker).chasefrench said:I know, but this is going back to your point about how much amplication do you really need.
If I ever see myself wanting to go to dual x Powers, it is far more economical to do it now. If I did it later, it would cost 1200 GBP more on top of the cost of the 8 power upgrade.
If I have time, I m going for a demo of the SA1s and A6s tomorrow. I ll post back what I think
I've holding back on this thread, however, have to ask why Spendors? The SA-1s are very good but overpriced. I think it'll be worth listening to Totem Arro: They are as easy to place as stand mounted speakers and have the oomph of floorstanders.FennerMachine said:Spendor SA1 standmount or A6 floorstander
For a small room, 3.3M x 2.8M (11M sq)
Which one and why?
I agree.FennerMachine said:I want something more musical & fun to listen to rather than a 'monitor' type speaker.
The Spendor's seem to fit that better than some of the other options such as PMC as they seemed a bit clinical in testing against the Spendor's.