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Instead of spending $500 on a fuse, by a pair of ,7 or 1.7. I'm thinking that would get you a whole lot more sound improvement than a fuse.
Any stock UL approved fast blow (correct amp rating) fuse will do. In the ten years I have owned Maggies, I have never had a blown fuse.
Yeah, I wouldn't waste money on the audiophile fuses. For any number of reasons, not the least being that Wendell Diller and Mark Winey tried bypassing the fuse entirely at Magenpan in a blind A/B test and couldn't hear any difference. If there's a difference, it's likely because people have let the fuse and holder become dirty and corroded and putting a new fuse in tends to clean them.Do begin with the 1 ohm resistor. People think that the norm is the jumper, but according to Magnepan, *it is not.* The jumper is like turning the tweeter level all the way up, and the 2 ohm resistor is like turning it all the way down. The middle is the 1 ohm resistor, so that's what you should start with and only add the larger resistor or go to a piece of wire (rather than the jumper) if it the room is too bright or too dead respectively.If you want to upgrade the resistors, you can go to a non-inductive resistor like the Mills, but the inductance on the supplied ones is minuscule so I doubt you'll hear it unless you hear in the megahertz range. The Dueland graphite resistors do sound better than wirewound, but they're big, expensive, and have fragile leads, so if you go that route I'd make sure first that you know what value you'll be using.
$500 for a pair of fuses is just too much. Who charges that may I ask ? Yes of speaker cable will bring more of a change however the little that the fuse adds in the overall scheme of things matters. Agree 100% about cleaning those contacts after some time. Makes a difference in top end performance. As I said you have some time to get used to your new speakers. Listen enjoy tweak later if desired. This is not life and death its fun trying stuff.charles
Thanks for answering my question. And you actually answered my next question, about how often Maggie's blow fuses. How would one blow a fuse anyway? Feeding them way too much power? Unclean power? Some kind of surge while playing them??? I didn't know owning Maggie's was going to be so complicated! Geesh!
I've blown a fuse maybe once in the last 10 years, and then it was some kind of accident that blasted audio at full level (I've actually had several of those, but they only blew a fuse once). Never in actual listening, but since stuff happens and you can't hear them anyway, I prefer to have them.When I was a kid, I did blow fuses on the Telarc 1812. Of course, if I had $500 fuses, I'd probably only dare to play my system at a whisper, so that would mean extra protection . . .
That's another question I have about the Maggie's. Sometimes I am scared to turn them up in fear of damaging something. I mean, they aren't that fragile are they?I am not sitting here jamming out to Metallica at 105dbs or anything like that, but I do like a little volume to my music.
So after reading this thread I went ahead and tried a 1-ohm resister on my MMG's. It made a difference but not what I expected. The sound was more detailed with a slightly muted top end. Then I tried another suggestion, exchanging the stock jumper for some good quality speaker wire. Wow! I gained a ton of detail and sizzle at the top. I think its too hot for my room but I was amazed! Why would the speaker wire sound so different from the stock cast metal jumper? They're both just metal! I'm confused.
The little screw on the back of the binding posts on teh LRS's. Do those have to be used? I actually lost one and have no idea where it is.
Are you talking about the small hex screws? If so, they are used to hold bare speaker wire in place but if you are using banana plugs you do not necessarily need them.
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