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|Suggested Retail Price:||$1500|
|Description:||Planar Magnetic Loudspeaker|
Review by Rich Monk on September 27, 1999 at 14:28:41|
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for the Magneplanar 1.6QR
The Magenpan 1.6 QRs have top to bottom cohesiveness, with no impression of individual drivers. Midrage and treble seemingly very accurate. Female vocals reproduced very realistically. On Diana Krall's "Love Scenes" album, on the selection "Peel me a Grape" the 1.6's provide the illusion that Ms. Krall is in the room, singing about about mid way between and 6 feet behind the plane of the speakers. The Krall illusion is one that I enjoy a great deal, thanks to the 1.6's tremendous ability to reproduce music, not just sound. Resolution of individual instruments is outstanding. Placing a performer in a specific space is also an illusion that is well executed. Layers of depth are easy to detect, while overall depth of soundstage could be greater. Dynamics are improved over prior Magnaplanar designs, in my opinion. The Magnepan 1.6 QRs are an exceptional value, and can function well in a sound system with components which cost much more than the price of the 1.6's. My CD player costs $1995, and I think the 1.6's are fully up to the job of reproducing the signal the CD player puts out. I am not aware of any other speakers near the price of the 1.6's which reproduce MUSIC as well as the 1.6's do over all. With the exception of limited low bass output (below 40 HZ), I think the 1.6 can offer the most music for under $1500, and possibly the most music for under $3,000. While other speakers under $3,000 can do one thing or another better than the 1.6's, the 1.6's do the best job overall. They have the best balance of tradeoffs at their price level, to provide the most realistic music reproduction, for accoustic jazz at least, of any competitive speaker I am aware.
|Product Weakness:||Lack of deep bass reproduction and lack of soundstage depth.|
|Product Strengths:||Reproduces realistic impression of MUSIC. Very well balanced strengths, weaknesses well concealed. Transient response incredible.|
|Associated Equipment for this Review:|
|Amplifier:||Adcom 550 II|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Creek OBH 12|
|Sources (CDP/Turntable):||Audio Note CD-2|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Jazz|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||27' x 17' x 10'|
|Time Period/Length of Audition:||8 months|
|Type of Audition/Review:||Product Owner|
Try some damping between the speakers on the wall behind the speakers for increased soundstage depth. Jon Risch's panels or multiple layer's of RPG pro foam. BTW nice review.
Once you damp the sound coming out of the rear of the speaker, the midrange becomes alot clearer and focused. Soundstaging will not be a weakness once damping is in place.
I heartily agree with your perceptions of the Magnepan 1.6qr - with the exception of the perceived weakness in soundstage depth. The Magnepans are capable of creating the illusion of incredible depth, whether an orchestral piece where you can envision the rows of players from front to back, or a smaller combo where you hear the soloist step out front of the group.
The Magnepan's are very revealing speakers, and I suspect the weakness is somewhere else in your component chain. I'd try to find someone (person or dealer) who will loan you equipment to experiment. I'd suggest first substituting an amplifier with greater detail and finesse (Bryston is my personal favorite - although I'm currently running a modified B&K which does very well), and proceeding from there.
You've got great speakers - I think you'll be suprised how much difference changing just one piece of equipment can have on the overall sound.
If you click on the 1.6 review, it points to snell k-II review !!
I'll pass it along to Rod. It didn't do that when I first read it. Weird.
It was a bug that got in when I added some common subroutines for menus. I noticed it and fixed it when the Snell review was added. I didn't look further down to see that it was already lurking here.
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