Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

amp advice for magnapans?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
11 replies to this topic

#1 of 12 OFFLINE   byron

byron

    Auditioning



  • 10 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 12 1999

Posted October 03 2006 - 04:23 AM

I have a pair of older maggies - any advice on a reasonably-priced amp to use? it will probably be used from time to time to drive 2 pairs of paradigm bookshelf speakers (linked in parallel). thanks!

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   John Brill

John Brill

    Supporting Actor



  • 519 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 03 2003

Posted October 03 2006 - 05:44 AM

Define reasonabe for price?

The only two times I've experienced Maggies in action, they were both powered by NADs. Can't remember model numbers of the NADs though :-(

How big are your Maggies?

#3 of 12 OFFLINE   byron

byron

    Auditioning



  • 10 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 12 1999

Posted October 03 2006 - 05:46 AM

btw, it occurs to me to maybe spec this amp as the basis for a new HT system for the basement - so, full receiver (multi-channel) advice is welcome. My main objective is to match something well with the maggies (don't know if their design works better with one type of amp vs. another - you know, Class A, etc.?)

- Byron

#4 of 12 OFFLINE   byron

byron

    Auditioning



  • 10 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 12 1999

Posted October 03 2006 - 05:52 AM

these are ~6 ft tall, 1/5 ft wide. at least 4 yrs old.

reasonable price depends on if I just get a 2way amp = ~$300-$500, or a full integrated HT 5.1 or 7.1 receiver (much more $$$!)

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   John Brill

John Brill

    Supporting Actor



  • 519 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 03 2003

Posted October 03 2006 - 06:03 AM

Byron,

You might want to read the following FAQ at Magnepan: http://www.magnepan.com/faq.php#power

Basically, they recommend a receiver that specifies power in 4 ohms as I suspect you have MG3.5's or MG3.6's. Yamaha use to have a switch for 4-8 ohms. Don't think they still do that...

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   byron

byron

    Auditioning



  • 10 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 12 1999

Posted October 03 2006 - 06:06 AM

yes, I read that some time ago - basically, you have to be careful about published amp ratings to make sure you really have desired perfomance at 4ohms. thanks!

#7 of 12 OFFLINE   John Brill

John Brill

    Supporting Actor



  • 519 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 03 2003

Posted October 03 2006 - 06:12 AM

No worries, i'd look at the NAD T743 or T753 ($700-$1000) as Receiver options (at 45lbs, make sure you put it in the right place the first time around!).

However, I'm sure the Yamaha, Marantz, Denon, H/K mid-range lines (similar price as NAD) would also handle the Maggies adequately.

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Aaron E. Smith

Aaron E. Smith

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 177 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 09 1999

Posted October 07 2006 - 04:15 PM

Well, you might have a hard time finding them nowadays, but I'd say give a nice Citation amp a try. I have Maggies all around (sans sub of course) and use Citation 7.1 and 5.1 amps. I simply love those amps and it sounds, to me, really great!
"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps"
-Emo Phillips

#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Justintiime

Justintiime

    Auditioning



  • 4 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 17 2006

Posted October 08 2006 - 03:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by byron
these are ~6 ft tall, 1/5 ft wide. at least 4 yrs old.

reasonable price depends on if I just get a 2way amp = ~$300-$500, or a full integrated HT 5.1 or 7.1 receiver (much more $$$!)

I got my NAD T751 5.1 receiver for ~$200 on ebay and it works great!

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff O.

Jeff O.

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 190 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 12 1999

Posted October 09 2006 - 01:44 AM

I have Maggies all around and use an Outlaw Audio 7500. I went from a using a Yamaha receiver to power them to the Outlaw and it really opened the Maggies up (the Yamaha is now the pre). I am very happy with this combo, one of the best upgrades I have done in awhile.
Jeff

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   byron

byron

    Auditioning



  • 10 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 12 1999

Posted October 10 2006 - 07:39 AM

yes, I have a Citation 7.1 driving my HT system (paradigms front and back, and a legacy KEF center, with a Lexicon processor) - it does sound great! I demoed an Outlaw, as well - great for the $.

this is going to be a seperate system in the basement - wife relegated the Maggies down there :-(

I will probably try out the NAD - heard nothing but good things about them. thanks!

#12 of 12 OFFLINE   Robert_Gaither

Robert_Gaither

    Screenwriter



  • 1,370 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 12 2002

Posted October 10 2006 - 08:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron E. Smith
Well, you might have a hard time finding them nowadays, but I'd say give a nice Citation amp a try. I have Maggies all around (sans sub of course) and use Citation 7.1 and 5.1 amps. I simply love those amps and it sounds, to me, really great!

Second this as well since they can be found for a steal on ebay.





Forum Nav Content I Follow