I am looking for a good used ss amp for magnepan 1.6QR speakers and there are alot of them out there for good prices. My source is a linn Genki with variable output. I am considereing Plinius 8150, bryston 3bst or 4bst, arragon 8008, muse 160, belles 150a, or pass labes. The input needs to be sensitive cuase the linn isn't too dynamic on it's variable out.
THE BEST AMP THAT I EVER HEARD WITH ANY MAGGIES IS THE SPECTRAL DMA 50 THIS LITTLE IN SIZE WILL HAVE THOSE MAGGIES DANCING,SECOND I WOULD AGREE WITH THE OTHER CHOICE THE AYRE AMPS ARE VERY NICE.BUT TRUST ME ON THE SPECTRAL GREAT MATCH.
Having recently auditioned the Maggies with both the Bryston 3B-ST and 4B-ST I have no problem recommending either amp. Either one in conjunction with the 1.6's makes for a very complimentary combination.
There are alot of good choices, but again I must repeat myself. If the bryston amps are good enough for the founder of Magnaplanar to own, than trust me the Bryston amps [4bst or the 3bst]will sound great with the 1.6 maggies
I have heard the Bryston on this speaker and it's excellent. The best solid state I've heard on it, though (keeping in mind I'm a tube-lover), is the Sonogy Black Knight. Very sweet sounding combination. Not too many of them around, though, used.