Wharfedale Lintons w/ Sugden vs Yamaha vs Line Magnetic amps

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by mahoganydeck, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. magoo6

    magoo6 Forum Resident

    Ah, no, mine's the Mini EL84, not the EL34 ..... which would be fine for you, that's 40w. Actually given that you can also try KT88's etc & also use it as a power amp, that EL34 amp is the one I'd go for, if I was to spend more it'd not be on a straight KT88 amp, I much prefer the EL34 sound, to my ears KT88's are getting towards a SS sound signature. YMMV of course, but that's my take, and with the LM34IA you can try both yourself.

    Apologies for any confusion :)
     
  2. russk

    russk Forum Resident

    Location:
    Syracuse NY
    The Forte and Cornwall are efficient and you can go low power on them but they really come alive with more. Especially the Forte 3. Personally I wouldn’t go lower than the Sugden’s 20 wpc. The Heresy are better suited to flea watt amps.
     
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  3. mahoganydeck

    mahoganydeck Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    London
    I have an opportunity to get demo Fortes for the price of new Heresies I think perhaps it's worth it. And now strongly leaning towards the LM 34. I'm thinking if the Sugden was 25w and was really not bad driving the Fortes, perhaps the LM would do a good job with 40w.
     
  4. mahoganydeck

    mahoganydeck Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    London
    Another Forte question- I have bay windows which stretch all the way from the ceiling to the floor, that's where I was thinking to place the speakers (a few feet away). Knowing that the Fortes have a back radiator, so you think the glass would be a problem?
     
  5. Rick58

    Rick58 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dublin, CA, USA
    I know nothing about anything, but that won't stop me! Seems like if they're the Forte IIIs (latest model) for $3000 seems like a great deal ...! and LM (rated at 40Wpc but ... maybe/likely to distort/clip at lower than that?) seems to be PLENTY of power even if it only puts out 20W before serious distortion ...

    You've come a long way baby! From $1500/pair Lintons to (MSRP) $4000/pair Forte IIIs ... but hey if they satisfy your upgrade jones for a few extra years might be worth it!
     
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  6. mahoganydeck

    mahoganydeck Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    London
    Haha most awesome and genuine response ever - I can go to sleep happy now, thank you!
     
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