So the RX-V1600 is probably my best choice for the video reasons I mentioned above, but there's another issue. I really want Magnepan speakers. In college one of my more fortunate housemates had an incredibly awesome setup with the large Magneplanar panels, and I've never heard anything like it before or since.
Now calm down, I don't need the big guns. In fact, I just heard a friend's awesome entry level panels, available direct from Magnepan. I'd want two pairs of MMGW's ($300/pr
) and the MMGC center ($300). Electrostatic nirvana for under $1000 bucks ?
One of the barriers to panels is their typically huge power requirements, but he was using a Pioneer surround receiver with lower rated power than the RX-V1600 to push all five of these beauties, and it sounded really great. Sure, a subwoofer is a must, but it just so happens I have the SVS 20-39Pci on order, so I've got that bass covered and then some.
The real question is how will the 1600 hold up driving those thirsty thirsty 4 ohm panels ? If it already runs hot at 8 ohms, how do you think it will fare pushing these sluggish boys to their potential ? Tasty or toasty ?
Is this a reasonable possibility, or am I dreaming ? If you don't think the 1600 will handle them, what receiver do you think is up to the task ?