A sincere thanks to all for the warm welcome. I feel at home already.
I'm strictly a 2 channel listener. Currently going for classic rock, Dave Mason/Traffic, Jo Jo Gunne, Who, and Stone to name a few. Listen to everything from bluegrass to R&B. I love Hope Sandoval's voice.(Mazzy Star)
I picked up the MG1s from craigslist for $50 + cost of the tweeter kit from Magnepan They sound great.
Maybe new socks at a later time.
Have a Phase linear P-3800 & DRS 400 to power the MG1s. While I really like the way the DRS sounds, I thought it was a bit underpowered. I was originally looking for a PL 400 but found the M500t. (Craigslist of course)
It is functional - Very clean inside, seems to be untouched. - Low end tighter and better than the DRS - Mid a little sharper that the DRS- High a bit more understated that the DRS. The M500t looks slightly weak on the right channel meter but my ears tell me it's OK. Low to mid power runs just a tad warm, this seems normal. Full power after about 30 minutes ran hot. I could keep my hand on it but didn't like it. I read these run cool, is that right?
I read somewhere the P3800 and the DRS was the last Carver designed Phase Linears, is that true?
I do plan to refurb or do the MKII upgrade in the near future. Opinions on which based on my speakers, pre amp?
I will probably check voltage and alignment first before I get new parts. I'll have questions. I do have necessary test equipment.
My Other Gear:
PC with M Audio Delta 192 sound card (Daily Driver)FLAC & Mp3s
Kenwood KD-5066, Ortofon F15 MKII (When I need a vinyl fix)
Soundcraftsmen RP2212 (well used needs work)
Kenwood KR-7400 (well used needs work)