What amplifier should I get with Mag 3.6?


What preamp would you suggest as well. Thanks. Laurence
ldworet
Not knowing what you want to spend, maybe take a look in the forums and see what other members are using with theirs.
maggies love power there are a number of good amps out there. I`m in the process of buying the 3.6 and untill the buget allow I`II be using my David Hafler Trans Nova P7000 which is 500wpc @ 4 0hms. I will eventually purchase the Audio Research D400 200wpc @ 8ohms which is the perfect am for me and my ARC LS22 preamp,ARC CD3 Player. My P7000 Hafler will always be around as my back up.
maggies love power there are a number of good amps out there. I`m in the process of buying the 3.6 and untill the the buget allow I`II be using my David Hafler Trans Nova P7000 which is 500wpc @ 4 0hms. I will eventually purchase the Audio Research D400 200wpc @ 8ohms which is the perfect am for me and my ARC LS22 preamp,ARC CD3 Player. My P7000 Hafler will always be around as my back up.
I would like to spend less than $1,500 used for an amp. And would really like thoughts on a pre-amp that would work with your recommendation. I have an old PS Audio 4.6 pre-amp from 1988 in excellent condition. Any experience with that? Thanks. Laurence
I've heard Magnepan's with a Marsh A400 and it sounded pretty good. The A400 should be available well under your price threshold. I think Marsh is a very underrated brand.

On the high end of your price range, it's relatively rare but you might find an Innersound ESL 300 that is designed for planar and electrostat speakers. Or perhaps one of the older high-powered Musical Fidelity amps might work.

Michael
Pairing an amp with Maggie's is always about some kind of compromise. The mids and top sound amazing and bloom with tubes, but most tube amps can't control the bass. Pairing a powerful solid state amp with them controls the bottom and tightens them up overall, but you lose that tube magic that works so well with the Maggie mid/top end.

Tradeoff's
LDWORET, there is a ARC D200 which is 200wpc se/bal conects up for sale in the audiogon ARC classifieds for 800.00 The persons name is Dave 716-433-7067 Try the solid state on the bottom tubes on top combo with the 3.6 you`ll like it. Im not to up on your PS 4.6 if its a tube preamp try it in the system and if it dosnt do the job there are a number of ARC preamps that will work for you and your buget. the ARC SP6A has sold for as cheap as 850. has phono stage the ARC LS-2B no phono stage 810.00 the ARC LS7 no phono 1000.
Emotiva Mono's
Last year, I sold my modified Aragon 3002 amp (300Wpc) to a fellow A'gon member to use driving his Maggies, and he is delighted with it. My 3002 was one of the newer models in the now discontinued line, but I suspect many of their amps would be a good match with Maggies. He said the Aragon just woke those Maggies right up.

Best of luck,
Dan
LDWORET please don`t believe the (HIPE) ARC has been in business over 40 years and thats telling and me hearing allot. there are many fly buy night companies puting out fly buy night amps, look what Dan had to do to get that Aragon to half way perform and then he dumped it. If you really want to hear an awakening you try the ARC line or Conrad Johnson you won`t go wrong.
I went through a few amps before I hit nirvana at my budget by accident. I had an Adcom GFA-5500 that I sent to Stan Warren to me modified and purchased a used Sunfire Stereo Amplifier to use until the Adcom came back. The Sunfire is wonderful with the Maggies, very smooth, grain free, but with tight powerful bass. When the Adcom GFA-5500 came back from Stan I tried running it for a while, but there was no comparison (the only thing the Adcom did better was a bit more bass slam, their hallmark).

For the $1000 for used Sunfire Stereo or $1500 for a signature, they are a really good combo with Maggies.
The Sunfire is a great suggestion. The fellow I purchased my Plinius amp from sold off two SA 100 MKIII's, and is now using a single Sunfire to power his Shahinian's. As far as the Aragon is concerned, the only reason for the sale is that I had changed loudspeakers from power-hungry Dynaudio Contour 5.4's to vintge Tannoys. I had been wanting to try tube amplification, and to that end, I sold the Aragon, and bought a VAC PA 35.35. The Aragon was not dumped, as was suggested by sheridan, I hated to see it go, it was, and is, a great sounding amp, which the current owner is more than happy with. I stand by my recommendation.

Regards,
Dan