Hi everyone, this is my inaugural post.
I've had my current pair of speakers, the Bose 301 IV, since I was in the 7th grade. Now nearly three years out of college (and my tax return pending), I'm ready to change up.
Two models in particular have caught my interest: Magnepan MMG, and Monitor Audio Silver RX2. Why those? Well, I've been lusting after Maggies for years, but felt like I never had the power to drive them. (Current amp: Emotiva UPA-2, 185w/4ohms) And the RX2 for a number of things: it's sensitive, it's pretty, I've a bit of a fetish for solidly-built monitors, and I've already got a great pair of stands waiting for them.
I auditioned the MMGs a while ago at Gifted Listener in Centreville, VA (not too far from where I live) and wasn't too impressed, but that system didn't have a room to itself (they were kind of on display in the foyer), and they were driven with a Marantz PM5003. In retrospect I probably should've suggested they be driven by the Ayre monoblocks that serve the MG 3.6 and 20.1 (which did impress) but the guy seemed to be in defensive mode, and wasn't too patient with me as it became clear that I didn't come there to actually buy anything.
But enough borderline character assasination. It's evident that I won't be able to make a proper decision unless I hear either two of these things in my room with my equipment. And after a proper burn-in period, I probably won't want to let them go. I guess I'm calling out all the Maggie owners I know are here to give me a nudge. After all, this kind of plea is all about the nudge.
I should also mention that my listening tastes range far and wide. I do listen to a lot of classical, but have a rolling selection of 60s and 70s classic rock.