I need to replace a speaker system and am seriously considering a Magnepan system. Since I'm a semi-newb audiophile in general and very new to Magnepan, I could use some suggestions and specific answers to questions.
These will go in my living room, which is carpeted and about 20 ft x 12 ft. We tend to use mostly the center of the room with home theater (HT) on one side and our main sofa 12 ft (a little less) on the other side. The ceilings are 9'ft high, but the side and back are open to a midsized atrium and large kitchen, respectively. The living room area is sunken by 2 feet.
I'd like a system that is very good at both classical music and home theater, but it should excel on the music side. I currently have an Onkyo TX-SR806 amp (115 watts/channel at 8 ohms). It is rates at 250 watts/1 channel at 4 ohms. Full details are here.http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=s
While this amp seems to be on the cheaper side compared to what most users here seem to like, I really can't afford to think about upgrading it at the moment. Will this amp give me enough power for an eventual 5.1 system? It doesn't have to damage foundations, but I'd like to get to reasonable listening volumes. Recommendations seem to be all over the board as to the amount of power these need. The amp is THX Ultra2 Plus certified, so it should deal well with 4 ohm speakers.
What I'd really like to do is build up a very nice $2-$4K speaker system eventually. However, I can only invest $1.5K now. My thinking is to get two Magnepan speakers now as well as a good subwoofer. I'd then like to add a center and rear speakers. Since the 1.7s 1) aren't released yet and 2) are past my current budget, I was contemplating getting MMG's, MC1's, or 12's. This will give me a chance to get used to the Maggie sound while I save up for 1.7's to become the main LR speakers, allowing me to move the first set back as surround speakers.
Does this sound reasonable? If so, which maggies (MMG's, MC1's, or 12's) should I buy initially?
I'll also need a good sub. Can I get some suggestions on a sub below $500 that pairs well with maggies - I don't see a lot of specifics for subs on this thread.
Unfortunately, I live 6 hours from the nearest dealer, so I may have to do this over the internet. I've read enough that I'm pretty confident that this type of speaker really does fit what I'm looking for that I'm willing to give these a try, assuming it will work with my equipment.
Thanks in advance, and I'm looking forward to joining the owners thread as an owner soon