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In Reply to: RE: Need light weight amps to drive Mg 1.7 after loss of Emotiva's posted by Mcmusicman on October 09, 2021 at 07:25:22
Yes but they are 3x the price of the speakers. That makes the hobby absurd...Their prices have basically doubled while Magnepan has risen modestly..... and 25 to 35 pounds is too much even when class D is a complete gamble -but thanks...
I also couldn't get Class D to work for me with my 1.7i's. I sent 3 back. I did borrow a Bryston 4B (very nice amp) that sounded great but there wasn't that much of a difference between it and the XPA-2 Gen 3. If you do have the capital, get the Bryston mono's.
Thanks for the info(there is a lot chatter about the Bryston in the asylum. I was born in Canada and would love to support it. I always thought the CLASSE domestic product better. But even the Bryston is too heavy at this point. I would flirt with the Odyssey (Stratos or Khatargo) but they are also heavy..)
I have been following Ralph on his views on D amps and the consensus on the Asylum . It does seem Warren had nailed it...on price reward stripping away the failed multiple options. I never heard a D amp...
But he suggested to give up on the 1.7's because of the amp problem. Frankly the XPA 1's often sounded very good with the Cary and Japanese power cords but design wise they are a catastrophe using 10 amp slow blow fuses and being some 82 pounds each.
Ralph I realized makes his own amps-probably absolutely fabulous so he coming in two direction but he is smart.
Now that I am without amps I tempted to find a way to audition JanZsen's electrostatic powered. and get out of the amp dilemma...
Hey keep me informed of you audio quest and I will do the same. I have an old Tandberg 3012 integrated that works and I might just order an LRS if 140 watts can run it/ It is a high current amp as opposed the Japanese stuff
'High Current', is IMO a red herring 'spec'.
Measured for a VERY short time and at a very low output voltage........Not really something your speakers can make use of.
EMO had the PA-1, a 'd' amp based on the B&O ASC module. It was a HIT and now commands over-list used prices!
IMO? If you are DIY inclined? Check ou the HYPEX webside. A Pair of the NC400 modules and a power supply? Depending on case, the weight should be EASY on your back / legs. One per speaker IF they'll biamp, would be perfecto.....
EMO dodged the XPA-1 bullet by going to a SMPS for the new generation AND thereby cutting a lot of weight. No telling how much the Toroid of maybe 1.6KvA or whatver actually weighed.
Shipping damage was KILLING them. I'd ship a pair on a pallet, but nobody went to that trouble IF they had to send 'em back fo repair. An Insurance Nightmare, to be sure.......
I don't know if EMO will part with the Schematic or NOT?
Too much is never enough
Your thoughts are sharply drawn -thanks-Sanity demands I find my way to Class-D but as you view the various Asylum themes on class D you know why it is called the ASYLUM. A lot of smart , well meaning enthusiasts , driving this moron nuts with contradictory opinions and technologies.. I like your Hypex idea... Thanks-Always fun to read you...
Yes......'D' is one of those '3rd rail' issues. I won't burden you with my opinion but I have owned a 'D' amp which I kept for 3 or 4 years than sold for something more.....conventional AND with a feature set I found more useable....
Several Resellers can tap into the Hypex OEM line which you and I can't buy.....except thru 'them'.
We CAN get the NCore NC400 which is a hockey puck sized amp which should be able to power Maggies.....but not the Biggies in a big room.....Thugh I do have a block diagram of a 2-channel amp with MiniDSP which is designed for active biamp speakers.
I suppose you could build a case out of wood, but metal is traditional. And difficult to bend and fabricate. I've seen a service which features software design...and they'll build / bend for you....
Too much is never enough
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