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Affordable Luxury: The Magnepan 1.7 Speaker

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Artisan Fan

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    My favorite speaker brand, Magnepan, is releasing new ribbon technology in their new 1.7 speaker. At $2,000 this looks to be a great speaker value for those considering a move into better quality audio. I currently have the prior 1.6s speakers which sound phenomenal and I have had really good after-sale customer service from Magnepan so I figured I would post this in case anyone is looking for speakers in the $1,500-$2,000 range.

    Here is an article on the speaker:

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-10...ag=mncol;title

     


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    Anyone else like Magnepan speakers or own a pair?
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've always been curious about these. A friend in college had the giant 6' tall model in his tiny dorm room! Roxy Music's Avalon sounded otherworldly.

    Is the sensitivity really low on these smaller guys? My little 50w amp might not be big enough. I also prefer the old wood-frame, cloth-grill aesthetic.

    I've been looking for some discrete looking speakers in the $1-1.5K range. As well as a low-cost turntable, as you know!
     


  4. Artisan Fan

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    I've always been curious about these. A friend in college had the giant 6' tall model in his tiny dorm room! Roxy Music's Avalon sounded otherworldly.

    Is the sensitivity really low on these smaller guys? My little 50w amp might not be big enough. I also prefer the old wood-frame, cloth-grill aesthetic.

    I've been looking for some discrete looking speakers in the $1-1.5K range. As well as a low-cost turntable, as you know!


    The entry level ones have decent sensitivity. You can drive MMGs with 50-60 watt amps.
     


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    crazy, why must they be kept so far from the back wall though?
     


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    They also do wall-mounts. Any idea of how good those are (thought is to put them on either side of a TV screen)?
     


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    Anyone else like Magnepan speakers or own a pair?
    Fabulous speakers. Great company. One of my reviewers has the 1.6s. He's incredibly fussy and took a long time to chose his reference. I remember a matched pair X2 of Timps. OMG! [​IMG]
     


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    They also do wall-mounts. Any idea of how good those are (thought is to put them on either side of a TV screen)?

    Quite good on side walls. Not really good as fronts unless you hang them on a stand like my brother did for a while until he upgraded to 1.6s.

    The smaller more wife friendly MMGs are $600 direct from Maggie.
     


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    Fabulous speakers. Great company. One of my reviewers has the 1.6s. He's incredibly fussy and took a long time to chose his reference.

    I remember a matched pair X2 of Timps. OMG! [​IMG]


    I first heard Timpanis and instantly loves the sound. I really love my 1.6s. I'm very intrigued by the 1.7s as I will upgrade in a couple of years.
     


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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Quite good on side walls. Not really good as fronts unless you hang them on a stand like my brother did for a while until he upgraded to 1.6s.


    These are the MMG Ws that aren't so hot? Too bad-- those plus the center panel in one of Salamander's cases could be a wonderfully unobtrusive solution for a TV room.
     


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    These are the MMG Ws that aren't so hot? Too bad-- those plus the center panel in one of Salamander's cases could be a wonderfully unobtrusive solution for a TV room.

    You can hang them on the front of the sidewalls but I think for L + R it is better for the panels to have some isolation. Maggies always sound better that way. The dipole design interacts better with the room in my experience when this is done.
     


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    These are the MMG Ws that aren't so hot? Too bad-- those plus the center panel in one of Salamander's cases could be a wonderfully unobtrusive solution for a TV room.

    These speakers need the sound emitted from the back to interact with the front, so putting it in an enclosed case isn't a good thing.

    For the front left-right speakers standing in relatively free space, these kinds of speakers (dipoles) can work very well because you can point the side of the speakers into the TV to reduce sound reflections off the screen. Dipoles have little sound output directly to their sides, and you can exploit this to reduce reflections off the screen and the sidewalls by aiming the sides of the speakers appropriately. Sometimes this can be difficult because their dispersion at higher frequencies is a bit ragged, so you may have to compromise their positioning to balance the sound you hear with the reflections you want to reduce.

    One caveat with using these speakers for home theater (or music in general) is that they have fairly limited dynamic range and not much bass.

    --Andre
     


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    Their website says to bracket them on each side of the screen and face them in 30 degrees toward the listener. Presumably this is for the dispersion patterns but also to put a little space between it and the wall.

    The reviews I read do point out the lack of bass-- luckily, MMG also sells small sub-woofers. [​IMG]

    Must look at other options. I've always liked the unboxed sound of Gallos, and they now have a double-ball thing that can be used for any of the 5 channels. More expensive, sadly.
     


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    I dare say that "affordable luxury" is a little bit of a misnomer. Spending $1000+ on a speaker is DEFINITELY a luxury luxury. Sure you can always spend more, but that's not what constitutes affordable, is it? [​IMG] Do you think that most people could afford $1500-$2000 speakers?
     


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    I dare say that "affordable luxury" is a little bit of a misnomer. Spending $1000+ on a speaker is DEFINITELY a luxury luxury. Sure you can always spend more, but that's not what constitutes affordable, is it? [​IMG]

    Do you think that most people could afford $1500-$2000 speakers?


    Why not? Most people own 1-2k TVs these days. And if 1-2k isn't affordable, I don't know what is. 1-2k is not even close to the mid-end of speaker prices.
     


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