I suggest you consider keeping your current receiver, use the pre-amp out, and pick up a good used power amp to drive the maggies. For $1500 used you ought to be able to pick up something that will do the maggies justice. Check out high current amps like McCormacks. Some people are saying the Wyred 4 Sound work well. Others like the Odysse amps. You can find examples of both well within your budget for sale now. And now, back to football!
AVR for Magnepan 1.7s
I started looking into upgrading my system and decided to try the Magnepan 1.7s and fell in love with them. After listening to them for 3-4 hours at the dealership I'm pretty set on these. Unfortunately this will probably require me to upgrade my AVR (Pioneer elite vsx91). I use my system for both HT (so will be buying the matched center) and stereo audio. In an ideal world I'd power these an integrated amp but I don't have the budget or the space for that. The dealer recommended the Cambridge Audio 650r. I wanted to see if anyone has had experience with it or other AVRs with maggies. Budget for the AVR is ~1500. Any thoughts are really appreciated. Thanks!
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