VANDERSTEEN 1C's..........I'm obviously biased, because I'm incredibly happy with my 1C's. Give them a listen...they should sound terrific with your amp.
Good Luck, and Happy Listening.
Good Luck, and Happy Listening.
Maggies no doubt. If you want more bass, just add a higher power ampliphier, and no speaker will image better than a Maggie. I love Vandy's but dude.... not a contest in my book. The 1c is not a great speaker, it is not the little brother to the excellent 2ce Sig, it is the "Red Haired Stepchild" of the line. Maggies need more power, but will play louder than the 1c and I will beat it for bass as well, and once again, imaging, it's the Maggies.
I have an idea!! Buy the Vandy's used here on Audiogon, then order the Maggie's from Magnepan. That will work since when the don't come for sale here very often and when they to they go in about 10 minutes, and the price used for the Vandy's is close to the Maggie's new. Then compare them.
I believe Magnepan has a 30 day trial period. Just send them back if you like the Vandy's better. If you like the Maggies better, then sell the Vandy's again. I have done similar comparisons a bunch, thank God for Audiogon.
PS - I would love to see the numbers on how many sets of Maggies have actually ever been returned.
The issue with Maggies will be placement - they need to be at least 2-3' out from the rear wall, and a couple of feet in from the side walls, which may be a problem in a small room. My old MG-IIAs (roughly the size of 1.6s, so bigger than the MMGs) are 5' out from the rear in my 13'x20' room, and 3' in from the side walls. I love the Maggie sound, but they are difficult to "blend in" to anything other than a dedicated room (unless you have an understanding 'significant other').
Like I said earlier and seems to be corroborated by some others, regardless of their comparative qualities, your room is simply not ideal for Maggies, the 1Cs will work. Whether you then move on up the Vandy line, many do - graduating through the 2s, 3s, and 5s or swithch to Maggies, which many also love - will depend on your taste, room, and electronics. With the room you have, I don't think you have much of a choice between the two, the VS are simply a better match in you situation.
I would also go with the Vandys. I have had a pair since 2000, along with the Vandy center, and since then added a second pair for surround use. I also picked up a pair of 2Wq subs which blend seemlessly with the 1Cs. My only caution is the upgrade path outlined by Pubul57. Although my room is large, the area available to place the speakers is small. The 2CeSig MkIIs are considerably larger than the 1Cs. Vandys need to be placed out into the room for best results, so your room might be a little small for this upgrade path. The only way I could upgrade in the Vandy line is to move to the Quatro, which has a slim profile, but I can't afford them, even used. So, I am forced to look at other brands. Compact floorstanders I would also consider in this price range would be Silverline Audio Prelude ($1200/pr), used Totem Arrows or Ohm MicroWalsh Tall ($1000/pr). Don't get me wrong, I like the Vandy 1Cs a lot, but they are not my last speakers-for-life. The 2Wqs, however, are going nowhere - they are incredible.
I agree with Bondmanp that upgrading with the VS line does require the appropriate room and willingness to place the speakers optimally within it. I found the VS 3As needed 5 feet from the back wall to sound their best, not always easy without a dedicated listening room. I think the 1Cs are not speakers for life, they are a very good start, and in some rooms, like this one, maybe ideally suited.