A few weeks ago, I had asked about Maggies for home theater - here's my latest update:
I've been completely bitten by the Maggie bug. Here's the new gear that I've acquired:
- Magnepan 1.6 with Peter Gunn Mods and MYE stands (got an amazing deal on Audiogon)
- Parasound A21 (drives L/R)
- McIntosh MC122 (Drives center)
- Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2 (drives rear)
- Marantz MA-200 Monoblock (was going to be center, but is back surround)
And soon to come, a Magnepan CC5 for my center and MC1 for my side surrounds, as I slowly replace my Def Tech setup. I may also get a Marantz MA8801 processor, now that I have enough amps to go separates. This would be an upgrade from an Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver (5 yrs old, 135 watt/channel, 11 channels)
What I've found is that the Maggies are just so easy to listen to, if that makes sense. I never knew what ear fatigue was before, but I think my old setup was prone to that vs. the clarity and resolving power of the Maggies. I just love the wide soundstage.
Now, for a few more questions:
- Do you think I should go separates? What is everyone's experience here vs. a regular receiver? Keep in mind that I'm mostly using my receiver as a pre-pro out currently anyways. I've been battling ground loop hum along the way of upgrading to amps, and I fixed it with Rat Shack Ground Loop Isolators, but the thought of using XLR cables and the updated Audyssey cal was very appealing to me. Also, I was interested in having the Marantz decode all the video to 1080p rather than my projector (JVC-RS15 - 5 yrs old, 1080p).
- I was thinking of possibly going to 3.7s in the fronts in the future and moving the 1.6s to wides. My room is 22x23 - does anyone think that's too much speaker in that size room?
- I've noticed a lot of people have gone the DWM route for the center channel. It sounds like that's a very desirable upgrade. Once I get my new CC5, I may take a hard look at one of those. There's currently one for sale used for $500 ($800 new) that I was looking at. I wonder if that would be something to jump on?
Thanks to everyone for their help along the way, I really appreciate it.