Originally Posted by ryuspeed
So my question is this, I have a Denon 1909 that I was hoping to use for the HT, it's rated for 6 ohms and it looks like the MMG-Ws are 5 ohms. Does anyone know if the Denon can power them?
I'm not familiar with that particular Denon. I'm using a Denon AVR 1800 in the basement to run my 1.6's with a Rotel 1080 as the power amp off the Denon's preouts.
The owners manual warns to NOT hook up any speakers below 6 ohm's and that it will cause damage to the receiver.
Because of that I am not using my MMG's as rear surrounds there (no preouts for the rear on the 1080)
I still have the old pair of Maggie MGI's that I bought way back in 1979. Back then I couldn't afford a good amp, much less a powerful amp. I used to run them with a Yamaha integrated that put out 35 watts/per and they sounded great! I did go through three amps though. Yes it was cheaper/easier to buy a new Yamaha every 2 years than to buy one good amp back then.
All I'm saying is the lower resistance speakers may shorten the life of your Denon.
If your Denon has preouts, as others have suggested buy a used 100 watt power amp and put it in line.
I also echo the idea of getting MMG's for front. In fact, if you are being budget minded, (and you're not into surround sound music)get a cheaper pair of box speakers for the rear surrounds until you can swing the upgrade. There really isn't that much quality rear sound in the content until you get to the SACD, DTS, DVD Audio, 5.1 & up music anyway.
I'm not saying it's not worth doing a whole system with Maggies, No, No, No. What I'm saying is that you'll probably get more out your money with MMG's (or better yet 1.6's) up front and a lesser conventional rear set, than you will by surrounding yourself with the MMG-W's.
I tried 1.6's as my rear surrounds with my 3.6's as fronts, Yes, the quality was fantastic. However, the improvement was most noticed in the music as I mentioned above, and there is precious too little content of that to justify the space sacrifice in the living room. In HT mode, I'm very satisfied with my Klipsch RS42's as rears.
That said, I'm trying to figure out how I can hang my MMG's from the ceiling to replace the Klipschs behind me. Like I said, Maggies ARE better.