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I just read your thread about the mani 2 sig. Do you still use the tube amps?
I really in doubt wether the mani-2 are the speaker for in the future. Right now I cannot afford them, new or 2nd hand. My girlfriend decided we need a new bathroom and new motorbike first.
The amp I use is an integrated Symphonic Line La Musica. I just love that amp and if it means that is is to lightweight for the mani-2 I will look at another speaker I cannot see myself buying another amp comming decade.
The rest of my set is:
CEC TL51x transport
Wadia 12 DAC
VPI scout with Lyra dorian
Impulse aria se speakers.
Actually still using tubes but no longer have the Mani's. Went the Quad route instead. Right now I'm running the Model Ones with my tubes. If you cannot afford the Mani's, check out the Model Ones. You can pick-up an original pair (not signatures) for well under $1,000 used. They don't have the bass or quite the fullness of the Mani's but an excellant speaker (2nd best to Mani's IMO) if you like the Totem sound.
Everything you read about the Mani-2 Sig says you need 200w + to hear what they can do.
Those using integrated amps probably do not understand what the fuss is about and move on to other speakers, having missed out on hearing the full potential.
This is true of any speaker that loves current, but extremely so with speakers using the isobaric loading technique, which the Mani-2 Signature does.