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So all the electronics I initially bought to pair with my Magnepan LRS 2 channel system, well....That all went out the window when I put my ZU Audio Omen MKII Dirty Weekends in that room and tried it out. It was just for fun and to see how it sounded. Well it sounded so good that I left them in that room and now have the Maggie’s in my theater room. I wasn’t expecting that outcome. And the Maggie’s sound pretty good in the theater room. Especially pairing them with the dual subs. So now I am like, what now. Lol
Are the Maggies broken in? It takes about 75 hours. If so, it is not surprising that the Zu's sound better as the LRS's are a $600 speaker that performs way above its price point. However, Magnepans need very good electronics to get the most out of them including a high wattage, high current amp.Maggies will reveal all the weaknesses in your electronic chain.
Not sure if AvsFan even tried the Cherry amps on the LRS.
What subs are you using with the LRS?
It does not surprise me that the Cherry's ran out of steam. For dynamic music at medium to loud volumes you need over 200wpc of clean power and high current for Maggies to sing. You will also need some dynamic headroom. The AVA 400 will be a great match.
The upgraded PS will produce 400 watts into 4Ω.
I don’t think you will damage the Maggies with that AVR. Also, I imagine the AVR would shut down if it couldn’t handle the Maggies.Is the AVR running hotter than usual? Have you burned out any of the Maggie fuses? If no, then I’d say your good.That’s a good question about what ohm setting to use when combining 4 and 8 ohm speakers. I have no idea.
By running the AVR set to 6 ohms you will put more stress on the Pioneer and run a greater risk of it overheating
You should have no problems running 8 ohm speakers on the 4 ohm setting because the 4 ohm setting is the minimum setting and 8 ohms is above that. You should be fine with that Pioneer just don't play it too loud or you may put it into protection mode. But that is less likely to occur due to your crossover at 80hz.You will be more impressed with the LRS when you get better electronics. Will they be as good as the Zu's, not sure but they will be different. Certainly the larger Magenpans will sound better than the LRS. But it is all a matter of taste. I heard a pair of Zu's about 5-6 years ago, they were not for me.
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