A Day In The Life.....or, Damn McIntosh
it was the macs. damn macs. i don't like those things
so i drove to cincinnati today to listen to some maggies. figured i'm gonna be there an hour and a half, maybe two. but after listening for four hours, the clock struck seven and they threw me out and closed up.
the 3.6s were everything i had remembered. i won't bore you with my analysis of a speaker you already own and love, except to say i enjoyed listening to music again like i haven't in years. the head was bobbing, the foot was tapping. all the review buzzwords aside, these were just fun to listen to. so i'm definitely gonna get 'em. but now the new problem; buy now, or wait 3-4 months for the 3.7s to arrive. which led to my mcintosh problem...but i'm getting ahead of myself.
i started the day on vandersteens. before i got to any serious listening, i wanted to hear them. this dealer carries 'em, along with the maggies, so i thought what the hell? i've always heard great things about them, more people seem to swear by them than anything else, and i've never heard 'em before. i listened to the 2ce Sigs. i thought they sounded stupendous, especially for the price. i paid the same for my Focals and they aren't even in the same class. i got kinda pissed about that. they were driving the Vandies with Naim stuff. really opened 'em up well, i thought. anyway, i went and listened to the maggies. better than the vandies, of course, but not a ton. problem was, they were driving the maggies with some Adcom HT receiver to give 'em enough power. i wasn't impressed with it. while the bottom was good and tight, the upper ranges seemed a bit thin to me. i still loved the maggies, but i have a suspicion that better electronics would have made the top end a bit nicer (care to comment on that, alien?).
so has anyone heard of maggies being pushed by naim? i don't know a thing about the company and their stuff, but the power numbers seem a little short to me. i'm afraid they wouldn't keep the bass under control like the adcom did.
i was talking to the dealer about this, and he's kinda pushing a bigger naim, and i don't know. he's not that impressed with bryston; said they used to carry it, but the latest iteration of their stuff was changed to make it a bit warm, and he didn't like the new stuff. he also mentioned mcintosh, and i told him that i heard the new 1.7s a month or so ago being driven by mac and i didn't like it; i was disappointed and thought they were a step backwards. that's when i learn he has a pair of 1.7s elsewhere, hooked up to macs. and now i got a great idea - have him plug the maggies into the naim stuff, and when i don't like that sound, that means i don't like the new maggie technology and i'll buy 3.6s now instead of waiting for the 3.7. lo and behold, the 1.7s sound great. almost as good as the 3.6s with slightly less bass. now i'm mad again; the mcintosh stuff was what i didn't like a month ago, not the 1.7s.
i liked the sound of the naim stuff, but i'm scared it's not beefy enough for the maggies. mac is out. ayre is out. i heard the bryston 4b sst pushing some $22,000 Revels, and they were involving and enjoyable, but i don't know if bryston can make the top end sing like i want. naim did that on the top end of the 1.7s.
so, any thoughts? i'm leaning towards staying with the brystons; they didn't strike me as being slightly warm. but i'd be interested to hear if anyone has ever tried naim with their maggies. as i said, i know nothing about them. time for a little research