Odyssey Stratos Plus or Extreme.
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Odyssey Stratos. Maggies crave two things; solid current and damping factor. 45 amps current delivery for the stock Stratos amp will do it, more is better. And the panels need high damping factor to control them. The stock Statos is >500. This mostly controls the bass so it's quick and not mushy. Maggies are very different creatures when it comes to amplification.
You don't say what his 'limited budget' is.
The 1.7 is one heck of a speaker. Also given is that there are some highly recommendeded requiements for it such as:
1. it needs a fairly large room so that it can breathe
2. it needs good clean power and current to make it breathe well.
If your friend watches the Audiogon ads, I'd recommend a Spectron Musician III Mk2 (Class D) amp. They usually sell for less than $3,000.00 used.
I am also on the Wyred bandwagon, the 500sx monos drive my 1.6s with ease. They do not come up for sale used too often and rightfully so, they are great amps. If you keep a lookout one can pick up a pair for 1k you just have to be paitent. With my amp and preamp combo I get ear splitting volume with the dial at 12 o'clock on my pre.
Used Forte 4a 100 watts channel at 4 ohms. About $600 to $700 used. Remember it is a 20 year old amp so may need new caps or have had caps replaced.
Excellent. My owned since new Forte 4a can drive my Magnepan 3.6's just fine. (though I bought a Bryston 4B-SST2 for them, so my Forte just sits..)
The Forte4a is mosly class A so it is a small space heater of an amp. but it sound is noted to be very fine.