It would be a great match. I had maggies and ran em with NAD.
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Maggies are revealing and will show off the defects of electronics. Stability and "guts" across the audio spectrum for driving the MG loudspeaker load is critical.
In this respect the NAD is basically a welter weight champ and you should use a heavy weight with the MG 1.7's. Not saying don't do it, just be prepared that you will likely be wanting a better amp in 12 months. If you want to stay put on the amp, look for an easier to drive speaker for the NAD.
Thanks for all of your input. I appreciate all of you taking the time to answer my question. I have only owned the NAD C372 for 1 year, but I am already itching to upgrade. I want to get a pure tube amp, [although the Vincent 236 was also an option, that I was considering]. My top choices are the Prima Luna Prologue Premium, or the Mystere ia11.
Moving to tubes? Now youre talking. If you go the way of tubes (which I highly recommend) check out Zuaudios website. They will have a speaker in your budget that is very tube friendly. You cannot beat their money back guarantee. Nothing to lose, but the cost of shipping. If your budget allows for the Druids, Im sure you will not have to worry about return shipping. Im not a Zu dealer. Just a Zu owner, and waiting on my new Zu speakers. Good luck with your journey ..
I have the 1.7s and I was running them with a Cambridge Audio Azur 840, a strong 350 watts into the Maggies. I up-graded to Parsound JC-1s, more like 800 watts, and the difference was huge! I never felt mega watts were necessary, but something about these amps makes these speakers sing. There is more top end, I didn't expect that, and a sense of effortless power. So, I will support the idea that more is good, but better is even more important. Van Alstine makes stout amps that are not priced beyond reach, and he is a smart designer. I would suggest his products. Maggies are often demoed with Bryston equipment. There must be a good reason for that!
I owned a Bryston 4B with my Maggies a very long while ago. 200 wpc into 8 ohms, and the Bryston clipped all the time when I need to feel the earth shake. I was told to bridge them. NO money back then, but they require serious quality SS. Find a used Bryston 4B and you will be set free...aren't you glad you posted on the 'gon?
Comedychief, the subject of amplification for Maggies has been discussed at length in these forums and reappears frequently enough that the best and most current advice is always available. Yet, for the most part, there is a common thread. Maggies like high quality high current amps. I've had Maggies since 1991 and have driven them first with adcom, then with McCormack, then with Cary 500 MB, then with Cary 500.1 MBs. Everytime I get a bigger, better amp, the Maggies deliver.
I haven't tried tubes. Maggies like current, tubes deliver voltage. Just doesn't seem like a good match to me, but the proof is always in the listening.
I'd be looking at Pass, Cary solid state, McCormack, Plinius, the JC-1. Invest what you can in the amps. Your Maggies will hold up their end of the bargain.