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Getting ready to sell my Legacy Studio HD monitors and go shopping for a pair of Magnepan .7 (used if possible or new if not).I have been using the Legacy's with a Bob Latino VTA 120 amp fitted with KT88s for about a year now--the Legacy's mated well with the VTA 120 given it is a fairly efficient speaker rated at 93db sensitivity with a nominal impedance of 4 ohms. Plus I'm a big fan of the AMT tweeter too -- a very tube friendly monitor overall.Now that I think of it not sure why I'm selling.... ....oh yeah now I remember -- someone approached me and offered to purchase the Legacy's for what I paid for them and to be honest, I miss the Maggie sound.Curious how many folks own a mid-powered tube amp and run Maggies and what your feeling is about how they work together re: would really like to keep the glow of tubes in my listening room.....
Plugging myself but, this pretty much answers your question: https://youtu.be/cJro26WxdaQ
Q1: How large a room will you be using them in?Q2: How loud do you like to play music?Maggies do love power, but the VTA120 would be enough under some scenarios. I've recently downsized to a listening room of 225sf. My listening position is now just 6' from the speakers. And I no longer listen at concert levels, using an SPL meter I measured peaks at 90-91 decibels at my listening position. Using an 87db bookshelf speaker with a 30 wpc tube amp works out very well for me. I imagine I would be fine with using the .7s with a 60wpc tube amp. Especially if I also employed a powered subwoofer.That said, a more powerful Class D amp would be a nice match for them. I have one that produces 200wpc into 4 ohms and I would expect it to make the .7 sing.
What a great review, I especially liked the part where the old Carver was put into play.That will have the sound output but not the 3D quality tube amps bring to the table.I can't help with mid powered tube amp insights as mine are on the big side.Keep us posted on your upcoming purchase, please.
Will do--put my order in today (Gifted Listener in Northern VA). Should be about 10 days shipped directly to my house. I've also got a couple of WTB posted (Audiogon/USAudiomart) but really don't expect anything to come of those at this point.
8 x 6550 or KT-88s Maybe if I still lived in Minneapolis where I could harvest the excess heat energy in the winter But here in Richmond VA in the summer....Cheers
You can't get over mid-70s db with 60 wpc? That is hard to believe. You should get over that with 1 watt. The Maggies won't sing and do their magic without sufficient power. They really come alive with a lot of power. But at 86db efficiency, they should go easily into the 90s with a VTA120. Heck, I drive 84db speakers with a 30wpc tube amp in my bedroom (10'x14') to fine effect. In my living room I have 91db speakers driven by a 17 wpc tube amp and they work great together. I calculate the power needed for my typical listening level at about 1-2 watts. But with Maggies, I'd probably go for a 200-250 wpc Class D amp.
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