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Old 3rd November 2008, 09:10 PM   #11
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I've run into so many Maggie enthusiasts lately that maybe I need to design
something bigger for them, not all these single-ended girlie-man amps for
Lowthers...

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Old 3rd November 2008, 09:10 PM   #12
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You kinda missed the point...an Aleph-X is a bridged Aleph.
Big hardware? No more so than regular Alephs. The usual class A stuff applies. No more than. No less than. The Aleph-X runs with lower rail voltages, but with higher bias current. All in all the heat sink and power supply requirements are the same once you factor that in.

Grey

EDIT: Nelson, I don't know that the Magneplanars require something new, per se, given that you've got plenty of power in the X amps. That said, any excuse will do if you've got some idea you're wanting to trot out as new product. The AX series is...what?...six or seven years old now? Hmmm...okay, maybe it is time, after all. Hadn't thought of it in those terms. Then there's the pricing strain due to the collapse of the economy and...okay, yeah...probably time.
In my case I'm still running my (modified) Tympanis quad-amped, although I keep threatening to back up to tri-amp status just to simplify things a bit. (Passive between RD-75 mids & tweeters.) A heavy hardware solution--at least for me--is more likely to see duty in the subwoofer realm than on the 'planars. They're not efficient, but then I don't listen as loud as I used to, either.
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Old 4th November 2008, 12:46 AM   #13
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Originally posted by Nelson Pass
I've run into so many Maggie enthusiasts lately that maybe I need to design
something bigger for them, not all these single-ended girlie-man amps for
Lowthers...


Thankyou kind sir!
I would like to get another pair of 1.6's for a second system.
SMGA's would get my innersound esl to go flat.
A set of 600w monoblocks would be like candy.
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Old 4th November 2008, 06:23 PM   #14
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The first XA product was shipped over 6 years ago, but you will recall that
the products were updated to ".5's" about a year ago. It will be quite some
time before a major revision in products. Currently a Maggie enthusiast
should be happy with any of the current X or Xa's.

I was referring for the potential for a DIY design. The last DIY I did with
real horsepower was the A75, which was 16 years ago. The "Pass Monster"
was floated on this forum a couple years back, but nothing came of it, and
I took the position that "if you guys aren't following through, then you must
not want it that badly".

That's OK, but it perhaps points to the need for me to do something with
high current - I have a bunch of Apogee guys wanting to drive .3 ohms with
a voltage source.

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Old 5th November 2008, 08:29 PM   #15
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I built a pair of your Aleph 2 and love them. I am currently using them to drive a pair of full range stats which could always do with some more power. I would be most honored to follow a new high power diy project if you were so kind as to start one.

Thank you for your time and wisdom

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Old 5th November 2008, 11:00 PM   #16
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I've run into so many Maggie enthusiasts lately that maybe I need to design
something bigger for them, not all these single-ended girlie-man amps for
Lowthers...


yeah no girlie- men in this thread.
but what would we call this he-man-amp? maybe the "Arnie"
or how about just "terminator"
seriously though I don't need 600 watts but around 100-150 watts into 5 ohms would even get Sarah Conner groovin.
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Old 5th November 2008, 11:57 PM   #17
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Behold...your search has ended. The Aleph 2 will do exactly that. I can vouch for the fact that the Aleph variants work well with Magneplanars.

Grey
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Old 6th November 2008, 07:14 PM   #18
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Is there no hope of a "Beast With A Million Watts" revival?

I'd always held out hope that the quest was still on-going in some dark lair somewhere.
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Old 6th November 2008, 07:30 PM   #19
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Default pass monster

speakers we don't need no stinking speakers we just strike an arc and listen to it sing.
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Old 6th November 2008, 08:30 PM   #20
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Is there no hope of a "Beast With A Million Watts" revival?

I'd always held out hope that the quest was still on-going in some dark lair somewhere.
I did a quick computation and decided that a million watts was literally out
of bounds, and I wouldn't want to call it that unless it actually did a megawatt.

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