Originally Posted by Saturn94
Any Parasound amp owners using it to drive Magnepans?
How well do Maggies and Parasound amps play together?
For reference I'm considering a Parasound 5250 and may consider getting maggies later.
I have used Martin Logans with Parasound amplification for years. Given they both pose similar challenges to a partnering amplifier, I think you will be fine.
I would recommend either a used HCA-2205AT or used/new A51 or A52. These amplifiers have much higher current, larger power supplies, and higher amount of filter capacitance than do the New Classic Series (5250,2250, etc)
If on a budget, I highly recommend a used 2205 as it has a 2 kVA toroidal transformer and 150,000uf capacitance. For comparisons sake, the A51 has a 2.2 kVA transformer and 164,000uf of capacitance. Both were designed by John Curl as well and are unbelievably similar. However, the 2205 can be found for around a grand while the A51 sells for 5k.
Parasound does not list the power supply for the New Classic Series but does say the 5250 is capable of 45 amps per channel whereas the 2205/A51 are rated at 60 amps per channel. The New Classic Series does not have nearly as much power and current as the Halo/HCA Series.