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    Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    I just acquired the 3.7i Magnepan speakers and trying to find the amps to go with, Will pair with my AirTight ATC2 tube preamp.

    Here are my 3 amplifiers on the short list.

    1. Bryston 4B3 ( goes up to 500 watts with 4ohms ) - $6000 MSRP

    2. Bryston 7B3 ( Mono with 900 watts)-$12,000 MSRP

    3. PassLabs X260.8 ( mono ) - MSRP $13,500 MSRP

    Any one using the amps above ? In terms of power I don't listen too loud so 4B3 really makes sense and $$$

    But i'm open to your opinion.

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    Paul

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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    I vote for the Pass X250.8
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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    You should try SS and also a push pull like AR 250 or VAC

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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    I've heard those speakers driven by ModWright Instruments KWA 150 Signature Edition amplifier , sounded effortless and awesome.
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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    I did own 3.7s, and really liked the Devialet 400 with them. I´ve heard the 3.7i:s with Bel Canto 600 monoblocks/2.7 DAC, and they were a very good match, too. None of those were in your shortlist, so apologies for the OT.

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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    Any of those choices are good!

    Agree with the ARC 250SE as well.

    I've owned 5 pairs of Maggie's in my life. I really liked them with McIntosh too.


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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    Hi Paul,

    I owned the Magnepan 3.7's and they have terrific synergy with Pass Labs amps. Virtually a can't miss combination but you should audition anyway before purchasing.

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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    Joel of 6 moons and dpod4 on this forum preferred the 20.7 best with Luxman. Joel went through many SS amps including Karan 2000.

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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    Another consideration is a Sanders Magtech...

    http://www.sanderssoundsystems.com/p...rs/magtech-amp

    These are fabulous with electrostatic and planar magnetic speakers and don't break the bank ($5500). The 30 day in-home trial is also a bonus.
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    Re: Magenpan 3.7i - What amplifier ?

    I owned 3.7s (not the i version), ran them with JC-1s for ages and used them initially with my 20.7s.
    Lots of great options already mentioned as well.

    I've since turned to the hot side and become a tube guy.
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