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In Reply to: RE: Do the expensive 20.7 s come with premium stands / cross-over / posts ? posted by trioderob on August 25, 2022 at 14:03:00
the 20's have been praised since it's inception and has won many awards ie audio product (not just speaker) of the year. Pretty amazing when there are speakers in the well over low 6 figures also on the market.
I auditioned a pair of 20.1's about twenty years ago and was floored. I left the room like Charlton Heston leaving the burning bush in the movie Ten Commandments, much enlightened, gray hair and all.
Immediately in the next room were a pair of $125K Wilson Alexandria's playing (RIP brick and mortar establishments) so I popped in. They also sounded incredible in their own right but they just couldn't match the Maggie magical soundstage and presence. Incredibly the Magnepan MG20.1 were 'only' $14K at the time. I couldn't listen to my MG1.6's for almost a week!
Fast fwd 12-13 years later a pair of the original MG20's (predecessor to the 20.1) came up for sale locally and I grabbed them for a song. I continue to play them daily. Just a great speaker.
As far as 'boutique' binding post, XO's, etc Magnepans have always kept it simple, adding binding post like Cardas would no doubt drive the price up. But once you own them feel free to spruce em' up any way you choose. I keep mine stock although I do use a Marchand XO.
Now it would be nice if Magnepan offered a 20.7iC model which featured Cardas hardware. Especially since George Cardas is and has been a Maggie fan for decades, in fact his reference speakers are Tympani's.
Then I believe the 20 series must be one of the best bargains in the audio hobby, even with the earliest versions.
I've had the pleasure of hearing GL's 20s. While I understand he has other speakers in the house for variety, if I could accommodate them I'd be happy with even a pair of 20s, without wondering about improvements from later models. Hearing the Basie Band over his speakers, I just can't imagine anything better within practical limitations of room size and dollars.
"The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things I never heard myself." Thelonious Monk
I very much doubt that saving money is a driving force behind using those difficult binding posts. As I've pointed out several times previously the 38K$ 30.7 uses the same speaker binding post.
... perhaps you could enlighten us as to why Magnepan continue to use steel wire connectors - even when they gold plate them on their top models?
After all ... if steel is in fact a great material to use, sonics-wise, we would expect to see steel-wire spkr cables in the marketplace.
Uh, because it's not a great material to use for speaker cables.
A small piece of steel about an inch long is irrelevant regards the conductivity of the rest of your speaker interconnect system.
Andy, sometimes your comments leave me shaking my head. You've been immersed in this hobby a sufficient enough time now that you need to be thinking a lot more clearly regards this stuff. You have to set audiophile nonsense aside and evaluate all this objectively. It's the only avenue to a consistent understanding of the products in this crazy industry.
"...- sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
sometimes I think $3 haywire sounds better than $5000 valhalla :)
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