What's a good pair of bookshelf speakers for an Eico HF-81?

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  1. Eafnb

    Eafnb New Member

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    I'm planning to buy the Kef Q100 to pair with an Eico HF-81, would the Eico be enough to power the Q100s with 14wpc, or should I go for a different pair of speakers?
     

     

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  2. radioactive

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    Klipsch heresy are nice bookshelf speakers and very efficient.
     
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  3. Eafnb

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    Sorry, I forgot to specify that I am on a budget for $300 or less. I don't want to break the bank as much as I really want to :(
     
  4. drtool

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    I have seen used pairs go for around that (heresy).
     
  5. Harvestor

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  6. Harvestor

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    I love Ohm Acoustics speakers...
    Here's mine
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  7. Eafnb

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    You know, oddly enough there is an upcoming garage sale selling a pair of OHM speakers in my area I'm not sure if it's the Model L though. Sadly I'm looking for something smaller like the Q100s or the Elac B6 (which is something I also should've specified :confused:).
     
  8. primosounds

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    When i was using my 81, i had a pair of JBL L112 which a little big but can be condsidered "bookshelf" speakers. The L100 are the same drivers in a slightly different arrangement that were very popular as studio monitors way back in the day.
     
  9. savatage1973

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    The KEF's are not very efficient ~86 dB, so they will not play very loudly on a small amplifier like your Eico. I would look for something closer to or greater than 90 dB efficiency.
     
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  10. KentTeffeteller

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    I'd look in to getting something in the mid 90 dB/1 watt/1 Meter. Dynaco A 25 would be about the easiest option for a bookshelf or AR 4x. Both of those are 90ish dB/1 watt/1 meter efficient.
     
  11. soundmotor

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    How big is your room or listening area?

     
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  12. Hi-FiGuy

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    Check out B&W DM601 or the DM602 speakers. I prefer the Series 2 version, better tweeter. If you get the first series, I would recommend replacing the electrolytic capacitors in the crossover with film caps, Much better sound.
     
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  13. arts

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    I get the impression that you guys have some really huge bookshelves......
     
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  14. Dave451

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    I have a pair of AR-4x and love them. Unfortunately, they are relatively insensitive. I don't think they're above 87dB, maybe 85. Nevertheless, they drive well and sound great with my Scott amps (20-25WRMS per channel) and Fisher receivers and amps (25-35WRMS per channel). Your Eico is a great amp, but a little light on power, so, as KentTeffeteller says, you'd want something probably in the 90 dB range for your Eico.
    Dave
    PS Kent, I haven't found many (any?) acoustic suspension speakers that are much better than mid-80 dB sensitivity, although admittedly it's hard to find the actual specs for the AR-4x.
     
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    ADS L470 or any 500 series speakers.
     

     

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  17. Tom Bombadil

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    The Dynaco A25 was measured way back in the 70s as having an efficiency of 82-83dB/1 watt. There was one published report of them being measured at 90dB but it was with a 10 watt signal and at 6'. So increase to 93dB at 3', reduce to 83dB with 1 watt. Both reports were consistent.
     
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  18. soundmotor

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    Without more info from the OP this is shooting in the dark.
     
  19. Eafnb

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    The thing is, is that my room is small so would efficient speakers matter?
    My room is about 137.7778 sq ft (10ft 8in x 12ft 11in)
    My apologies for not giving more info, this is my first post :(
     
  20. silversport

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    both a bit large as bookshelf speakers but I have enjoyed both Klipsch kg2s and RB-5/RB-5 IIs with my EICO HF-81...good luck with your choice.

    Bill
     

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