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In Reply to: RE: Magnepan 1.7 or 3.6 -small room! posted by FX35 on August 06, 2021 at 08:29:44
Thank you very much for your advices. Unfortunately the 3.6s I'm hunting come with the dark cloth, but I guess it could be changed if needed.
At this point given all the feedback received I will just listen to them and if I'm convinced will get them without worrying too much about my room.
By the way, I'm also considering as an alternative the Tuscanini Augetta, a planar speaker from a small Italian company based in Tuscany. They have the same technology as the Magnepan, just with better materials, neodymium magnets, two separate mylar membranes for mid-bass and mid-highs and better crossover components. No ribbon tweeter by designer choice.
I had a chance to listen to the smaller Idillia (as big as the Magnepan 0.7) and they were impressive in the bass, they went lower than my ELAC FS409 and were extremely dynamic, nothing Magnepan can compete with. Looking forward to listen to the bigger brothers.
Yep, the Tuscanini's are a serious alternative for you living in Italy, (repairs, parts, etc). Prices are comparative to Maggies in Europe.
If you consider the craftsmanship, materials and quality of finish, It's a no brainer, Maggies look like crap compared to these guy's........... unfortunately, I have never actually HEARD them, so I have no idea how they compare to Maggie's sound wise.
I always wanted to hear them, just never got round to making the road trip. Outside of Italy, hardly anybody knows of their existence.
Funny story......The designer actually only decided to build isodynamic speakers after he had repaired and listened to a set of Tympani 1D's, he had never heard of them and was blown away by their sound!
That's great that you know about them, are you Italian?
I have only heard the smallest ones, the Idillia, in a non-optimal setup. I can say the bass is impressive, they are extremely musical and make you enjoy music without even worrying at any audiophile stuff, which I consider a great quality in a speaker. Compared to the only Magnepans I heard (2.6 and a heavily modified/upgraded pair of 3.3) I missed a little bit of clarity and detail in the upper registers, but it's hard to say if it was the equipment/setup or not. I will be in Tuscany later this month to properly hear both the Idillia and the Augetta, and will be able to get a more precise idea about them.
Well, no, I'm not Italian LOL, but I wish I lived in Italy! been on a few holidays there........ love the food, coffee, weather, shops, designers, cars, women.........(you get the idea).
I live in The Netherlands(a major shit-hole), 9 out of 10 people here go to Tuscany when they visit Italy.
Have fun auditioning Tuscanini's, let me know how they sound, Might have to take that road trip someday!
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