As mentioned, I have the Hegel H90 now. It just gets so hot running the LRS. I’ve cured the heat with an AC Infinity component sized fan set to 85 degrees in Smart mode. The fan is able to prevent the temperature from ever going above 85.
So technically, this upgrade is for “medical reasons”. Not to be confused with the, er, upgrade bug.
I’ve conversed with Hegel about this, and they say all is good, but that they recommend at least the H190 for Maggies, which costs $4000 and has a dac I don’t need.
This is one downside of the LRS. Yes, they are $650, but it’s a Trojan horse when it comes to amplification costs. Yay, $650 super speakers, but needs a $4000 amp.
My Hegel H90 sounds great with the LRS, but it’s one of a small handful of lower cost amps that can drive them. It wipes wide swaths of interesting amps off the map.
From 1999 to 2015 I had the exact same system. Meadowlark Audio’s Kestral Hot Rods, Audio Refinement Complete integrated (YBA), and an Ah! Tjeob CD player. I only added a small HRT streamer to listen to music played through the Mac. That was it, one upgrade in 16 years.
And then I discovered audiophile Internet forums. Oy vey. Now I’ve become an ever hungry audiophile Cookie Monster.
I’m tempted to do a free trial with the Marantz, for field research purposes only