Easy to drive bookshelves

Any suggestions for bookshelves for unitiqute and a cyrus streamline?

both amps are like 30 watts.

I currently use a dali mentor menuet - 4 ohms and 86 dB - seems to work fine.

but kef ls 50 was like lifeless. so was totem arros.

Are 8 0hm speakers necessarily easy to drive?

focal 905/906 - 8 ohms and 89 db sensitivity … will that work?

any other options?

As with another recent poster, it would help if you clarify whether you mean bookshelf, as in a speaker to sit on a shelf, or possibly direct on the wall, or whether you mean a standmount, often positioned away from the walls. The two functions are different. If the latter, then it would be worth checking out this recent thread:

And re your question, the declared impedance gives no idea as to how easy speakers may be to drive, though a look at the impedance curve (rarely available) could well help.

It would probably help if you indicated your anticipated max budget.

Ercol make nice bookshelves.


By bookshelf speaker I mean one which sits on a speaker stand. budget is like $1000. Thanks.

BTW by “bookshelves” - i meant bookshelf speakers.

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Have a look at Amphion , the Helium 410 and 510, they are 8 ohms and 86db , certainly will meet your bookshelf criteria

The Focals get mixed reviews on this web site , but they look good on paper

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Q Acoustics Concept 20


how about the triangle bro3 - 8 ohms/90dB - horn loaded tweeter - and great reviews everywhere!

and super cheap to boot!!!

A friend has some Triangle Comete 202s which are essentially similar. He’s pleased with them, driving them with a half-size Teac integrated.

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You might want to try Dynaudio Emit M20s. I heard them sounding very enjoyable on the end of an Atom, which is only slightly more powerful than your UQ. Even with dedicated stands they’d be well within your budget.