I just bought a pair of 3.5's that are pristine, I will have them this Friday.
wow just, just wow- came across this thread cant believe my eyes. I realize this is an older thread.....but man.
arnyk, I usually do not comment on what you say, as you are usually correct, but I will have to totally agree with lightminer- and as a 50 plus fellow, I think my "uneducated ears" are a better judge then any thing any person puts on paper.
remember: at one point it was a fact the world was flat, and you might fall off it's edge if you went to far. hmmm. not so.
oddly enough, I only saw one other post that I feel gave good advice- "buy a good high current amplifier that is stable into 4ohms" a musicians amplifier would and will suffice quite well- from such companies as AB International, Crown and the like, readily available on ebay.
It would seem that some members here think you need to add to the national debt to get good, high quality amplification- this is simply not true. Example: 570 watts x2 from an AB International amplifier that is stable in to 2ohms- 24x7 at rated output will drive ANY Magneplannar speaker to well beyond sane levels. To even consider any amplifier brand of good design is some how sonically inferior to a Nelson Pass design (or other mega buck design) is simply full of .....smoke. Mr. Pass worked for Parasound as an example- this means what?
Good SS amplifier's have no sound, that's the job of the preamp and the source material, and why I prefer well designed SS amplifier's over their glowing yesteryear counterparts- price to performance ratio. I wont even mention ICE types, those with good ears hear what they do to the high end of the audio spectrum.
Not to mention the OP has middle of the road maggie's.
And FYI, there is a reason musicians prefer tubes over SS... PREFERED Sound quality, tonality and so on. This is not a design flaw- it is a preference.
Just in case any of you forgot, that is what this forum is all about, Sound and the PREFERED quality of such- The OP was asking for helpful advice with in a certain price point with consideration to amplifier's, not about who has what EE or similar, not some personal pissing contest. I am a master mechanic with 35 years experience, do you think an engineer knows more about automobiles/trucks than I do because of a piece of paper? Think about this question I pose to you.
I can not believe what I read from some members in this thread, and I read the entire thread, simply shameful.