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 Post subject: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:56 am 
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Hi just wondering what you are using to drive your Maggies. Open to separates or integrated. I have tried Emo xpa 1L but looking to change.


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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:23 am 
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I was using a Hafler Transnova 9500, but it developed left channel noise problems. Am now using a B&K Reference 200. I also have a Belles 200 and a Adcom GFA-555 with Chris Hoppe mods, both do an admiral job.

Preferred the Hafler, but they are known to have board problems after so many years.

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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:23 am 
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When I owned Magnepans I always used Bryston power,there is just a natural synergy between them.Add a quality tube pre amp and the only thing between you and the music is air.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:46 pm 
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I have tried Emo xpa 1L but looking to change.


I like using Wyred 4 Sound amps on mine.....but that is just me.

Before you start looking at a different amp, what are you using for source and preamp ?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:52 am 
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I'm using two NAD 272s in bridged mono mode and,
although it's not recommended due to the low impedance of Maggies,
it sounds wonderful with separation and presence I've not heard before.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:35 am 
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Have had Maggies for about forever (since the mid '70's). Favorite amps have been (2) Musical Concepts-modified Hafler DH200's that I used to biamp a pair of MGIIIa's, a Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier (HINT) used to power a pair of MG1.7i's (currently using the HINT to drive a Parasound Halo A21 because I moved the 1;7i's to a bigger room) and a Bryston 4B SST2 powering a pair of MG3.7i's (preamp is a Audio Research LS17SE). Would agree that there seems to be a very enjoyable synergy with the LS17SE/Bryston/MG3.7i combination but, on a bang-for-the-buck basis for the 1.7i's, I think that the HINT is very, very hard to beat. Some of the very best sound I've heard in my listening rooms was with the HINT/1.7i's - something about that pairing was just so good. That the HINT has a really good DAC, phono section, etc. is icing on the cake).

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:43 am 
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My favorite amp with my 1.6s (not 1.7) was a Hafler D220 with Musical Concepts mods and new power supply. A very warm and inviting sound with plenty of power in my smallish room.


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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:26 am 
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Currently, for my Magnepan 1.7s, I'm using Bryston 4BSST2 and a Bryston BP6 preamp. Sounds good to me.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:07 pm 
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I ended up getting a great deal on a Parasound Halo 2.1 integrated and upgrading to Maggie 1.7i
So far so good combo seems perfect in every way.
I'm into vinyl and the Parasound has a very good mm/mc pre built-in as well as many digital options.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:43 pm 
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johnto wrote:
I ended up getting a great deal on a Parasound Halo 2.1 integrated and upgrading to Maggie 1.7i
So far so good combo seems perfect in every way.
I'm into vinyl and the Parasound has a very good mm/mc pre built-in as well as many digital options.


I have had Maggies for years.

As I was just getting started I used a Parasound HCA 1200 amp with MG 1.6s and it was fine. I loved the depth of the sound field. A few years ago I upgraded to Bryston: BP 25 Preamp which has a very nice MM/MC phono stage and 4B-ST Amp, now driving MG 3.6's. Just spectacular.

Be sure to try various speaker locations and to-ins if you can. It can make a big difference. I listen to a lot of classical music and tweeters to teh outside wirks best for me. If you tend toward smaller scale works or jazz, you may prefer tweeters to the inside. YMMV

Happy listening


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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:56 pm 
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johnto wrote:
Hi just wondering what you are using to drive your Maggies. Open to separates or integrated. I have tried Emo xpa 1L but looking to change.


Good old Audio Research VT130.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:36 am 
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I'm using A Parasound a21. Sounds amazing. I have used an older Bryson 4 b but I found the Parasound amp to be more refined. Also The NAD M22 is awesome sounding. You will not believe the bass you get with that amp and the resolution is phenomenal.
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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:50 am 
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Try something that can double up as the impedance drops.... Krell (older ones), Modwright, Plinius.... Maker/Edge..... all really powerful amps that can run pretty well any speaker..


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:04 am 
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I've read about lots of people using ICEpower module based amps (like Bel Canto's, Wyred, D-Sonic etc.) with Maggie's. They're high power and stable down to two ohms.
There's a pair of Red Dragons with the 1000ASP modules on A-gon right now that might be worth a try.


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 Post subject: Re: amp for magnepan 1.7
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:49 pm 
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Another vote for Bryston. Using a 4B with an Audible Illusions 2b on my 1.7s. Sounds fantastic


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