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In Reply to: RE: Ayre is a good choice too... posted by Prega on February 05, 2012 at 22:34:50
If you have more British products there, you should try a MC2 Audio amp, from the MC series (or totaly new S series). A lot of them are used for pro gear and also big HT , they dont look like much but they all drive MG like hell...I use a big one on my 20.1 , which was very hard to drive before...
Thanks Peiter and Bernie. The MC series is not available over here but the Wyred4sound is, unfortunately at a very inflated price, putting it out of my budget. We here in South Africa are in the unfortunate position of having to pay almost double what you pay in the USA for hi-fi gear. For example the MG12's retail for around 1000 dollars in the States whereas over here they retail for just over 2000 dollars (taking into account the current exchange rate).
you said you cant get MC2 AUDIO in South Africa?
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A pre-owned PSAudio GCC250 LOOKS like the W4S since they are (were) made in the same factory both using ASP ICE modules.
The PSAudio offering uses proprietary input circuitry, however which may account for slight differences in sound of the amps.....but I'd off hand say minimal diffs.
Either would be fine with your Maggies.
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Once again thanks to all you kind people for your valuable input. I'm beginning to sense that there is a strong bond between Maggie owners which is a refreshing change from some of the other forums that I have been on.
Unfortunately used PS Audio gear is very hard to come by here. There was a Parasound Halo A21 for sale in one of the local forums. Has anyone had any experience with this amp?
A21 amp is a good one and a good match for your MG12
I think you have a local SA company producing very high end amplification. The name escapes me. Perhaps it would be better on price/performance to go local.
You are thinking of Valve Audio which is a South African company. Yes they make very good amplifiers but their pricing is on par with the high end brands from the US and UK, so no real advantage in price/performance.
I don't know what is available in your market. Good bang for the buck (rand) may not translate that well into SA. But generally, Parasounds, PS Audio, Aragon (now gone) and more recently Wyred 4 Sound and to a lesser extent Emotiva are very good, and Adcom's 58xx series too. for a different tack, try a Jungson 88 or 99 class A amp from China, just note that some samples of the 99 might roll off slowly at 16khz rather than 20+ khz so if you hear that far up you might find particular samples to lack a bit of sparkle.
Of the amps you mention, only the Parasound and Wyred4sound are available here. As far as bang for the buck, let me give you an example. The Parasound Halo A21 retails for approx $4667 (taking into account the current exchange rate). I'm not sure what it retails for in the States but would you consider this a reasonable price to pay for this amp?
I see that a roundtrip ticket from Johanesburg to NY is about $1100. Assuming you can bring the parasound A21 thru customs without too much trouble (might be a big assumption) why not have a few days vacation in the US and bring back an amp for just about what you pay for the same there in South Africa?
Once again, thanks to all for your helpful suggestions. The only problem, and it's a very big problem, with buying from the States or Europe is that if something should go wrong with the unit. The local agents, assuming there are local agents, would never repair it. It would be classed as a gray product and they wouldn't touch it. It would be too much of a risk and not worth the hassle. The thought of going to the States for a holiday is appealing though, although the idea of carrying a 25kg amp undetected through customs is really scary!
In the states it goes for $2300. But only you can decide if the local price is reasonable.
Of course double what it is here sounds crazy but we often pay crazy prices for all kind of things based on our locale.
For instance my 1200 sqft house. I could buy 6 or 7 similarly sized houses in some parts of the country, but I cant think of a better place to live and dont mind spending the money.
I would LOVE to pay double what the going price for a 1200 square foot home costs in say Florida for instance.
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Mc2 audio is the manufacturer and MC is the old discontinued series, this amps you may find only used. The new S series is new :) but I dont know the price yet.
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