MMG and Cambridge Audio Integrated Amps??

mwheelerk -- Mon, 01/11/2010 - 00:11

 Does anyone have any experience in driving the Magnepan MMG speakers with and integrated amp and more specifically a Cambridge Audio Integrated Amp.  I own the CA 840A v2 with 120 watts RMS into 8 Ohms and 200 watts RMS into 4 Ohms.  I am very interested in trying the MMG but reluctant if my amp is not sufficient to drive them.

jaj (not verified) -- Sat, 03/06/2010 - 19:20

I have a pair of MMG's that I drive with a 20+ year old NAD 7240PE receiver rated at approx. 50 watts/8ohm and approx. 80watts/4ohms with peak power burst output of 200 watts or so and have had zero problems. Most likely I will move up during my "upgrade" period to the new 1.7's (depends if I can bamboozle the and might add a power amp (Adcom GFA-5400 maybe) to the receiver which I happen to still love after 20 years!

HTSN (not verified) -- Sun, 03/07/2010 - 01:41

I've heard the MMG Maggies driven by a Rotel integrated, though, I can't remeber which one, but I remember thinking it didn't do them justice. Maggies are hungry rascals and really need stable current to really open them up. Not saying you can't run them on an integrated but you will not experience the depth and detail of these speakers like external amplification. I would look for a used amp on ebay or audiogon if I were you. Oh, and a good sub, if you haven't  already..

EDMOND (not verified) -- Wed, 03/10/2010 - 18:47

Try them and see how they do for you. Don't they have a 30 day trial return policy since you buy them direct from Magnepan, or is that a different model ? Give it a shot and see (listen).
"HSTN" is right in that all Maggies NEED LOTS of power to draw upon as needed even at low or moderate volume levels due to their very low voltage sensitivity / efficiency of about 85dB or so. His suggestion of getting a good sub if you can is highly accurate too as Maggie's lower end models don't hit like a dyanimic driver / cone speaker and do not go very low ... in addition to the fact that the way the bass and midbass is reproduced is inherently super quick and lacks the traditional punch and oomph, etc. like most speakers. It's like they reproduce the bass and midbass to the extent that they do, but the way it is done is as if they are weak or thin or not very deep in extension or physical impact in comparison to cone speakers despite all of their other wonderful traits.

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