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Observations on Mye Stands with Maggie 1.6QR

Hi Everybody,

I finally took the plunge and ordered a beautiful set of almond finished Mye stands for my 1.6s. To put it mildly I am very happy with what the stands are doing for me. I had expected most of the difference to be in the bass, but am amazed at the additional clarity I am experiencing in the mids and especially the highs. Wow! My wife noticed the differences as well. Instruments appear more separated in space, are easier to identify (that is, they are better resolved), and definitely clearer sounding. Now I am not nearly as sensitive to soundstage depth as some, but it seems to me that soundstage depth has increased as well. Drums seem to be farther behind the lead singer, for example. The other thing that really got me, though, is that for almost every record I own, although most instruments and voices seemed previously to be physically separated from the speaker locations, they never all did. In every case, something always appeared to be coming directly from the speakers. So far I have only noticed this on two records, but the Maggies have finally performed the disappearing act. To be honest, I never thought I could achieve this in my weirdly shaped room (and, without any room treatments, even the much touted fake ficus trees). BTW, this was achieved using standard issue, mass produced rock LPs, not some specially created audiophile releases. Specifically, the two records were Cat Steven's Greatest Hits (clearly not even a first pressing since it’s a composite of previously released songs) and Steely Dan's The Royal Scam. Amazing.

As for the bass response, I did have to get used to the differences. Initially there seemed to me to be a decrease in the bass (and this was unexpected). After a little critical listening I concluded that what I was hearing was simply a reduction in sound emanating from the panel's frame. I could be mistaken about this of course, but it seems possible. I did notice after a close inspection that the frames were no longer vibrating, but the struts were. After a couple of days I loaded the struts with sand (I used Reptisand from a pet store because it's supplied both clean and dry), and noticed a little more clarity in the bass. Prior to using the Mye stands, I thought my my bass response was both tuneful and well defined. It was, of course but now it is even more so and really, really sounds nice. On kinda slow paced, mostly acoustic stuff, the clarity and definition in the bass is amazing. An example here is the Richard Thompson LP The Old Kit Bag. This one is a heavy vinyl "audiophile" release and believe me, it sounds it. To me, Richard's singing style is a little unusual, but it has really grown on me. I now consider this album to be a showpiece for my system. It just blows me away.

Well, those are my initial thoughts. Another happy customer!

Cheers, Joe

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Topic - Observations on Mye Stands with Maggie 1.6QR - JoeLip 15:28:12 03/08/06 (10)

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