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I had pretty much narrowed down my choices for a speaker upgrade to either a set of PSB Image speakers (5T or 6T, 9C, and either 10s or 3LR) or a set of B&Ws centered around a pair of DM-603 or 604 S2s when I encountered the concept of planar speakers and the Magnapan MMGs.
I have nowhere nearby to audition these speakers, but I find the reviews facinating. I have some concerns though, which leads me to a few questions I would like to ask about these intriguing speakers:
Just a note that might have some bearing on the answers, I watch movies about 70-80% of the time, but the quality of music is _very_ high on my list. I listen to everything from heavy metal, to classical, to blues, to techno, to folk, and so on and so on. I have found that, at least in my experience, HT suffers less in a system focused on music than music suffers on a system focused on HT, so I want to make sure my music does not suffer just because I am such a movie nut, though the opposite also applies.
1. Room size and placement. The only room I have to use for my home theater is an odd L-shaped room, the area which has my equipment is about 9 or 10 feet by about 18 feet with the third wall of the "L" ending at about 6 or 7 feet. Not the best, but what I have to work with until I move to a larger place. So, my question is, is it going to be worth my while to go with Magnapans in a room like this? Would I do just as well to go with the PSBs or B&Ws? When I move, I will have a much larger room for my setup, but that may be some time off.
2. My current subwoofer is a Velodyne CT-100, it is has been a great sub, but is it enough to fill out the sound of the Magnapans? I am also planning on picking up the Magnapan center if I go with those, unless I can find something more full range to match, if that is possible. I plan on picking up a Hsu 1220 eventually, but not until I have upgraded the speakers and my receiver.
3. The receiver. I am probably going to upgrade my receiver before my speakers, but just in case, I have heard that the Magnapans are very power hungry, I have a Denon AVR-3300 right now, abyone care to share their experiences with the Maggies and the 3300? All of the receivers I am looking at for upgrade have plenty of power (Marantz models like the SR-18 or 18EX, Denon 5700 or 5800, etc.) but I thought I should ask since I may just stick with the 3300 for a while longer.
P.S. Can anyone tell me for certain if the Marantz SR-18EX has the AC-3 RF input that the SR-18 has? Several others interested in the receiver as I am have told me that it does, but I can't find it on the specs on any webpage and a dealer that sent me a list of the models they carry that have the input did not list it.
Thanks in advance,