Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers, Accessories (DBT-Free Forum) › Need help choosing power amp and wires for future stereo setup...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Need help choosing power amp and wires for future stereo setup...

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I just acquired myself the Burson Soloist, which I will be using with my HE-500 from the UD384+UPower off of the Vaunix USB HUB and my MacBook Pro with Audirvana. 

Now that I have such a good pre-amp, I am looking into investing in a full stereo setup. I have decided the following:

 

Speakers: Magnepan MMG's $599 a pair (4 ohms)

 

(Another option could be the Kef IQ90's ca. $800 a pair) (8 ohms)

 

With either:

 

Power amp opt. 1: Marantz MM7025 $799 - 140 watts @ 8 ohms (4 ohms ?)

Power amp opt. 2: Emotiva XPA-2 $799 - 300 watts @ 8 ohms and 500 watts @ 4 ohms

 

(Seems like the emotiva would be the obvious choice, but I am not sure...)

 

In terms of wires, I have looked at these, any thoughts?:

https://eventhorizon-srv.com/ecommerce/os/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3675

 

All input is greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 11

Yep. Best to verify the Marantz's 4 ohm stability to go with the Maggies. A Magnepan owner's thread somewhere could tell you for sure. 

 

Also, those Maggies don't have good low end bass response. They would definitely benefit from a sub. And a sub of decent quality to pair with them will cost as much or more than the Maggies. 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Is there then a better alternative to the Maggies around the same price point, but with decent bass response - nothing in the same league right!? Maybe I just would have to suffer that loss for a while...

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Anyhow - this will have to wait until either I or my downstairs neighbor moves, he gets hysterical every time I play something - no matter what time of day - a real pain...

post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdamFrandsen View Post

Anyhow - this will have to wait until either I or my downstairs neighbor moves, he gets hysterical every time I play something - no matter what time of day - a real pain...

 

Might as well stick to a good set of headphones for the time being. 

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

 

Might as well stick to a good set of headphones for the time being. 

 

Yup - if they would only arrive, sigh...

post #7 of 11

Great choice to stick with the Vaunix USB hub.  Seems to be the best one out there. It also seems to be the toughest high quality USB hub around.  http://vaunix.com/products/high-quality-usb-hub/overview.cfm

post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dcody View Post

Great choice to stick with the Vaunix USB hub.  Seems to be the best one out there. It also seems to be the toughest high quality USB hub around.  http://vaunix.com/products/high-quality-usb-hub/overview.cfm

So Dcody, I just ordered a Vaunix hub for my underpowered Hifiman ef2a and low ohm Senn 600's. So, how much does this unit affect the sound?

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sound dog View Post

So Dcody, I just ordered a Vaunix hub for my underpowered Hifiman ef2a and low ohm Senn 600's. So, how much does this unit affect the sound?

I love mine, it has a major effect on both my already powered KingRex UD384 and with my Music Streamer II it severely improves the quality. More power, clearer sound. Have you gotten yours, what are your impressions? 

post #10 of 11
I'm noticing that I'm able to turn down my volume from 3 o'clock down to 12 on me EF2A. I believe that it now works at a natural proficiency level. I believe that the bass has smoothened out because of this. I must ask if the daisy chain of your unit flows in this order: computer>usb cable>Vaunix>usb cable>KingRex>?????>Music Streamer II>speakers or headphones?
Thanks again, I'd like to pick up a King Rex device if I can understand the missing link.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

I run two setups:

 

1)

Monster HTS 1600 PowerCenter -> Computer -> Vaunix USB HUB -> KingRex UD384 w. UPower -> Burson Soloist -> HifiMan HE-500

 

Adding to this system in the future a pair of Magnepan or Martin Logan speakers and a power amp - so a setup looking like :

 

Monster HTS 1600 PowerCenter -> Computer -> Vaunix USB HUB -> KingRex UD384 w. UPower -> Burson Soloist (Pre-amp section) -> Emotiva XPA-2  -> Speakers (ML ELS's or Maggies' MMG's/12's/1.7's)

(later a sub too...)

 

The Emotiva runs 500 watts @ 4 Ohm and 300 watts @ 8 Ohm - and it is on christmas sale now for $679 - but I have no money ;(

 

2)

Monster HTS 1600 PowerCenter -> Computer -> Vaunix USB HUB -> MusicStreamer II ->  HifiMan EF5 -> HifiMan HE-500


Edited by AdamFrandsen - 12/17/12 at 4:26am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers, Accessories (DBT-Free Forum) › Need help choosing power amp and wires for future stereo setup...