Magnepan 1.7i Impressions

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  1. Old Guy8

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    I've had these new Magnepan 1.7i quasi-ribbon dipoles a month. Though I would post impressions. Not a review. I likely don't have a great ear. A little hiss in ears with alergies/ear issues.

    Setup in a bright 26' long x 14.5' to 18" wide L shape x 7' high finished basement. Vinyl plank floor, drywalled, carpet sided bar, area rug.
    Sources: NAD 546 CD, Linn LP12 and Radio Shack Lab 400 TTs, Schiiit MB dac, CCA streamer.
    Power: Rogue Sphinx hybrid tube/Class D, 200 wpc @ 4ohms.

    1.7i are on shortest wall. 4 feet from front wall. 2-3 feet from side walls. 7.5' between. 11' to listening chair. Tweeters on inside. Aimed at listening chair.

    Impressions: All my other speakers are vintage. ADS L880, Ohm C2, Canton Karat 200, BA A100.

    Mainly listen to jazz - small group, vocal, large band/orchestra.

    The Maggies seem to turn the whole front wall into music source. Not beaming from two spots. They bloom with a little volume. Doesn't have to be really loud. 10 oclock on my amp. Dbs I don't know.
    I think they like well recorded music. Not so kind to poor or compressed recordings. Modern jazz recordings like any Diana Krall do well.
    Bass is on verge of going low enough for me. No trouble with double bass notes. A nice fast sub will likely be added.
    Piano and vocals are really the forte of these Maggies, IMO. They give a wide stage. Won't mistake for a live unamplified performannce. But, there can be with some recordings, a LITTLE feeling of being in room with musicians.
    The notes are faster than any of my vintage speakers. Homogenous tone treble to bass.
    A friend came over to hear them. Said he could hear Diana Krall breathing in his ear.

    You can add your your impressions if you have this model, or similar Maggies.
     
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  2. dcmfan

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    Nice summary!

    I have a set of 1.6 QR speakers and agree they are quick, well integrated and detailed.
     
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    I agree with your impression. I think my 1.7I's are great. they where a little bass shy so I added two SVS 12" subs. That made a huge difference. I also got rid of those cheap stands and replaced them with a nice set of Mye stands. Plus I feed them with a set of Adcom 565 mono blocks putting out about 670w per channel. :rockon:
     
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    Planars will ruin you for anything else!
     
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    Good description OP. Have used these speakers for over 5 years now and your description of "The Maggies seem to turn the whole front wall into music source" is spot on - that is what planar speakers do. Its hard to go back to regular speakers after that Maggie effect of the whole front of the room coming alive with life sized musicians sets in. To be fair, there are some things that "regular" speakers do better, really low bass, thump in the chest sound is not something that Maggies do in my experience. Another thing is that they seem to be particular about the the amplifier being used. This is funny because some amps, even fairly low powered ones do well and others high power ones just sound lousy with shrill unpleasant sound, or poor bass control - Haven't really figured what makes a good amp for these speakers from specs alone - have to listen I guess. And yes, with a really good recording, the performer really is there with you.
     
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    The stands are one area where Magnepan skimps a bit to keep costs down IMHO. Mye stands are good and I especially recommend Sound Anchors. They opened up the sound very agreeably, in my case anyway. Thanks to the OP for his report. I'd also recommend trying the speakers in a taller room some time if possible. Maggies get happier with more space.

    This is quite true. They can be very revealing, which is often a double-edged sword.
     
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    It seems like a good setup for your 1.7is from your description. I have the original 1.7s, an upgrade from the MMGs that I re-entered the hobby with nearly 10 years ago now. I recognize the characteristics you describe. I too thought the bit about the whole front wall becoming a source really rings true. My setup when they were my main speakers was on the long wall.

    Does your soundstage have depth? One time I had the MMGs way out into the room, maybe 2/5, and the back of the soundstage seemed to be way out out in the front yard (!).

    Any issues with harshness at high volume? I actually ran them on Heathkit UA-1s for a couple of months - twelve rather rolled-off watts. It was loud enough, but a rather drastic solution.

    One of these days I'm going to haul them back out, and try them next to these stub walls in the foreground, between the living room and the dining room, playing to both...

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    My opinion, most speakers don't do all genres of music well. When I read opinions on a speaker, I want to know reviewers music tastes. Not to judge, reviewers tastes, just to know point of referance. What they are playing when they evaluate. Might help me figure how loud, when they say loud.
    Magnepans are not best choice for rock, blues or pop music that is compressed or computer generated, IMO. I don't listen to pop, so not much experience there. They don't push air like cone woofers.
     
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    That looks like a great set up Old Guy8. I have my Maggies about 6 ft from front wall. 20190211_153107.jpg 20190211_153144.jpg
     
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    Ejman,
    That looks like a comfortable place. That Gerald Wilson LP should sound nice on the Maggies!
     
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