Well, I think I’ve found a match for the Magnepan Minis. The $999 Peachtree Audio Nova Pre and the $1,399 Peachtree 220 provide a cost-appropriate match for the $1,500 Minis, and also add a stunning amount of bass and control. The little Minis really opened up!
I’ve been running them, by turns, with a $2,200 Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum amp (90wpc) and a $4,100 Luxman L-505u (100wpc), and at first blush (I’ve only been running the Peacthree pair for a couple of days), the match up is as rich as the Rogue and feels even more ballsy than the Luxman. More break-in is required, but I’ve got my trusty old Oppo 980HD on an infinite loop, hooked in as a transport into the Peachtree pair with my Black Cat Silver Star digital cable. More soon.