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Best Cheap Amps for Magneplanar Speakers
I have a pr. of Maggie 1.7s and drove them for a while with an Ayre V5 xe ss. amp @ 150w per side @ 8 ohm and 300w per side @ 4 ohm (even used, probably a bit more than you want to spend for just one) Even though I liked the Ayre very much, I fina... 
What's been playing on your turntable and what turntable is it ?
Neil Diamond  "Hot August Night" - Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Pink Floyed  "Dark Side of The Moon" - Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Journey "Escape"- Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording; Al Stewart  "Year of The C... 
Magnepans
Maybe a bit late to chime in but for what it's worth - as I do currently have a pair of Maggie 1.7s and am driving with a Rouge Cronus Mag. II integrated tube amp rated at 100W pr. channel. My listening are is about 375 Sq. ft. The 100W Rouge does... 
I should have never ....
Here is a link on one of the reviews on the Rouge Cronus Mag II. After living with this amp for several months now, I much agree. headphone.guru: 
I should have never ....
A thought on a very nice lower priced integrated tube is the Rouge.I've listened to some very pricy tube amps and some other less expensive. I have happily settled on the Rouge Cronus II Mag. (many very favorable reviews). It sells new for around ... 
Why pay so much?
Well said kqvkq9. I have been an audio enthusiast for many years. Now that I'm retired I find that the factor of diminishing returns plays a big part in the selection of gear and cables. It is my concern that when it becomes more about the high pr... 
Is it a OK to leave tube pre-amps powede up 24/7
I have a Rouge integrated amp with stand-by soft start. Truthfully, after a half hour warm up it sounds great and additional hours of warm up seems to make no difference, so, except for periods when I plan to listen to music for a couple of days i... 
Help, my system sounds lifeless!
Another very nice speaker for a small space is the Gershman Chameleon. A relatively small floor standing 2 way speaker with incredibly good detail, very nice with strings, vocals, horns and percussion and present a convincingly deep and wide stage... 
Honing down the speaker shortlist ~$5K
I’m with malthuse on that. My first love was also the Quads - ESL 63.Particularly for the type of music you listen to. They don’t blow you away with huge dynamics or etched in glass detail, they just present a very wide and deep stage of convincin... 
Dark Side of the Moon - Is MFSL really all that?
Don't know if anything will ever be quite as nice as Mobile Fidelities Original 1979 Direct to Disc Master Recording LP, taken direct to disc from the1973 studio cut.One of my all-time favorite LPs. Maybe it would be worth a bit today had I kept i... 
Speaker - Room/size dilemma
Kalali, a note regarding the Magie 1.7: I do have and in a closely sized room, but only 11' H. sloping to 8' at the walls, Trying to accommodate WAF, I found at only 2' from the rear wall, just didn't work. Moved them out to 3' - much better and a... 
Speakers in the 5-6K$ region & their components
Over the past 30 or so years, I've had and auditioned many very nice speakers - electrostatic, ribbon and box - the Quad ESL 63s one of my favorites. When I downsized my environment, I went on the search to find something in a small package that w...