a 5 watt amplifier drive a speaker to a satisfying level?
would say Yes, some would say No. We designed these amplifiers to
render super high fidelity sound at modest listening levels on most
speakers with a sensitivity of 90 dB or higher.
modest listening levels aren't acceptable to you, there are two
ways to make your system louder.
Add a second Zen amp by running each amp in mono - one connected
to each speaker.
Try 4 ohm speakers instead of 8 ohm, OR try more efficient speakers.
A will net you a gain of around 6dB before clipping - that's usually
it have the dynamics, bass and natural weight of real music?
only can it but it's usually found to be superior to most solid
state amplifiers. Our Zen Triode amplifiers are NOT rolled off sounding
in either the bass or treble. They are not bloated, slow or tubey
sounding like many other SET amps.