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More Power Please ...
I humbly ask this community for advice for my 7-month-old MG3.7i system. The setup is as follows: The 3.7i's, two DWM bass panels, McIntosh MC300 amp (for the 3.7's) and a Crown XLS2000 for the DWMs. The room size is about 28 x 15 feet, and very heavily damped. My amp-preamp combination has been with me for a while, and I've owned maggies going back to the original IIIa's, with some Dunleavy and Dynaudio speakers in-between. Back in the 80's, and in a substantially smaller room, I successfully powered the IIIa's with an Adcom 585.
The system is for audio-only, and not home theater. The MC300 is clipping in at moderate to loud listening levels (80% classical, 10% rock and jazz), while the Crown seems to be handling the DWM's with no problem. I dont' notice the higher distortion of the Crown on the DWMs.
I have been advised to go with stronger amps like the newer MC462, Classe, and Bryston to name a few. All of these are out of my league. I've even tried to get a hold of a second MC300 to run in monoblock mode, but have been unable to find one. I am considering the Emotiva XPR-2 for driving the 3.7's, and powering the DWM's with the MC300.
If anyone has any opinions or advice on this configuration, or just a better solution, I would certainly appreciate the feedback.