Component Placement


I will have a preamp, two mono amps and a CD player/transporter. Where is the best place to put these and what should I set them upon? I have Magnepan 1.7i’s. Thank you for your consideration and reply.
widespreadpanic
Monos beside speakers. Longer interconnects.
If possible I would place source and pre on stand to one side of listening position, and, as noromance stated, the mono amps by the speakers. No soundstage interference around your speakers.
+1 noromance, and mesch.
If you can run balanced interconnects, then longer distances between the preamp and source are minimized.
Using sound dampeners or isolation under your components would also be a good idea.
My amps are on Sound Anchor Stands. Under each amp are either Herbie's Fat Dots or Stillpoints. Same with Preamp and DAC.
B
With mono amps the amps places directly behind speakers to have very short speaker cables is usually best. And longer interconnects to the preamp. even place amp so the back is up to the speaker back to make the speaker wires only 6" long.
@elizabeth ,
Though I like having short speaker cables, 6 inches is really too short, for me. I think anything under 4-5 feet is just as good. Also, remember that some amps get mighty hot (think tubes).
B
With all the money spent on special racks, applications(chassis damping, etc), & various vibration isolation/elimination devices, to shield our amps and/or drain vibrations away from them, it seems totally counterproductive, to place them directly behind full range, dipolar radiators. The .5 to 1M of speaker cable, necessary to position an amp to the side of a Maggie, would be much less detrimental to the system’s sound, than having it boogieing on it’s stand, or the floor. Not to mention the proximity to the Maggie’s magnetic field.

Component Placement

widespreadpanic

I will have a preamp, two mono amps and a CD player/transporter. Where is the best place to put these and what should I set them upon? I have Magnepan 1.7i’s. Thank you for your consideration and reply.

Not between the speakers, the two mono amps on the floor only, if you value to hear and see the imaging and depth qualities of recordings that have them, if you do put all the gear to the sides or even behind you and have nothing between the speakers and as far back as possible.

If however you love to gaze at glitz of your equipment and the dollars it's cost you while listening to it, stick a mirror on the opposite wall, but don't ruin the image and depth if you value it by putting it on racking and components between the speakers.

Cheers George
Thanks everyone. One of my mono amps came in today. It is huge! Looks like I may have to invest in new furniture. Elizabeth, happy with just 6” huh? Lucky me!