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New Mini reveiw

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 12:24:01

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For room app!

Oh and tinnitusintx, you need to read the last paragraph :)


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RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 16, 2012 at 15:57:41
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Great review, and handy for answering those questions people always have about whether they can use the Minis in the far field.


My additional recommendations for the Mini Maggies, posted on February 16, 2012 at 16:02:37

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for whole room applications:

1. Please use subwoofers. Any speaker whose low frequency response is above 30Hz will benefit from subs.

2. The DWM woofer is a stereo module, which means that the left and right sides of the DWM should be powered for more bass. If only one side is powered, then using dual DWMs will only give you better bass, but not more bass.

3. If you do not want to invest in dual DWMs and stereo subs, you may be better off just adding a single sub, like the Rythmik F12 or a dipole sub.

4. Please use lots of power for whole room applications. Like all Maggies, the Minis thrive on power. With enough power and subs, the Mini Maggies can work very well in moderately large rooms (26'x16'x8').

5. If you are into multi-channel audio, please consider using 2 or 3 Mini Maggies for a relatively affordable 1st class surround sound system.


RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 17, 2012 at 05:50:05

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All that i see thats out of wack is the price...but the 1% can have them
Over $2k with two Magnepan so caled subs...nuts...$599.Add your your house for 60days money back...goodluck


RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 17, 2012 at 06:52:22

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Well , I'm not going to justified the price, but the fact is if one wants true ribbon Magnepan sound ( with a new model) and their room and/or budget cannot accommodate the 3.7s, this is the only other option as of now.

My listening room happens to fit in the size requirements stated in the article, and I listen fairly nearfield. So this could be an option for me down the road. I don't look at their woofers as subs, but when doubled, as the bottom third of a three way speaker. This is a good thing in that it is physically isolated from the upper potion.

And I'm already good in the sub department, with 2-12" sealed and 4-15" IB subs. Who knows, maybe the Maggie woofers can make the two 12"ers unnecessary.

The closest other option for my room and budget, for a new Magnepan speaker may be the 1.7, although the size may be pushing it. And I know how you feel about those. :^)

In a few years these will be hitting the used market, they will be easy to ship, and the price may be more agreeable.


RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 17, 2012 at 06:55:17

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Their not called subs, their called woofers. Don't be so cheap ! The hobby cost money, money was printed to spend :^)


RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 17, 2012 at 07:12:53

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Judging from the article and my own exposure to the minis, I think you're on the right track.

To be sure, I did not feel like they could replace larger Maggies if left on a desk. The article fills in with good information about an alternative position. It makes sense. Hopefully there is a dealer close to you were you can get to play with the minis. One thing is crystal clear...the minis.


RE: New Mini reveiw, posted on February 17, 2012 at 07:50:29

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Not that I'm reading to pull the trigger anytime soon, but Virginia now appears to have only one Magnepan dealer. Gifted Listener up near DC. And I'm down in Va Beach. Actually the dealer in Raleigh, NC may be closer, but not by much. So will have to work it into one of my out of towners this year. If and when later, I can always do the dealer drop-ship program.


I think the Minis would sound best on something like..., posted on February 17, 2012 at 18:23:21
... The Quik-Lok Z600 workstation desk. Unlike many "computer desks", the Z600 is a two-tiered design with a top shelf designed to hold loudspeakers, and it's also wide enough (6 + feet) to allow the Minis some real breathing room. I would also consider adding one (or two!) Hawthorne Audio Augie dipole subwoofers.


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