Speaker Asylum: REVIEW: Magnepan Magneplanar MMG Speakers by Bacchman
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Model: Magneplanar MMG Category: Speakers Suggested Retail Price: $500 Description: Planar Magnetic Loudspeaker Manufacturer URL: Magnepan Model Picture: View
Review by Bacchman ( A ) on November 09, 2004 at 22:50:33
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Ok. I have owned a lot of speakers. The most expensive of which retailed for $11k a pair. Most have been in the $4k-$6k range. For $550 these are stupid good and a no brainer for anyone considering anything up to $1000. Bought mine used for $400. Now that I have heard them, I would have to say that as long as space is not an issue, and your musical tastes aren't primarily rap or metal, you're a fu--ing idiot if you buy anything else.
After you buy these, immediately go to this link:
look for the Magnepan Tweeks articles, and do everthing he says (I did). I had Madisound build my crossovers ($150 the pair, I had mine built for biwire) and ordered stands from Myesound ($220 delivered). Now, for a total investment of under $800, I have a pair of speakers that are overall the best I have ever owned and except for ultimate bass slam and sheer volume, compare very favorably to the $11,000 speakers I owned.
I am driving them quite easily with a 50wpc tube amp (albeit very high current). Everyone who hears them is floored and I see no reason to upgarde to bigger Maggies. I highly recommend Nordost cables. At some point I will add a high pass filter cutting them off at 50hz or so and also add a REL sub. However, as modified, they do not NEED a sub; it's just a tweek.
Product Weakness: bass a little boomy, but to talk about weaknesses at this price when you consider the value is stupid! Product Strengths: Incredible coherence, not fussy with program material, insane value for your $$$, easy to move around, easily upgraded with no need to buy more expensive speakers; I can tell the uninitiated they cost $5000 and they believe it!
Associated Equipment for this Review: Amplifier: GRAAF GM 50/50 Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Rega Corsa Sources (CDP/Turntable): Jukebox/ Bel Cnto DAC1 Speakers: MMG Cables/Interconnects: Nordost Blue Heaven Music Used (Genre/Selections): all Room Size (LxWxH): 30 x 20 x 10 Time Period/Length of Audition: One Month Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner
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