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Old 03-11-2017, 09:31 AM
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Default Magnepan MG 1.7i - In the (mountain) House

I was a long time Magneplanar user/listener - having started with Tympani's (3 panel) and progressing through various single panel Maggies as room sizes and needs changed.

My last pair were 20.1's - which I sold (for whatever ill-advised reason) about 10 years ago.

Well, as most of you might well understand, I got the itch to try Maggies again - and decided to try one of the less sizable (and less costly) of their speakers.

I was using a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri Mementos at my cottage in the Tennessee mountains - and last week, I moved them aside and purchased a pair of the highly touted MG 1.7i's and put them in the SF's place (for a while, I thought!)

WOW - am I impressed.

Listening now, as I write this, I am amazed at just how good these little Maggies really are.

My wife is still asleep and I'm listening at low volume - and still the speakers sound amazingly good. Huge soundstage, spreading all across the front of the room. Pure, beautiful sound - instruments perfectly placed and standing there in mid-air. Some guy seems to be right there in my room singing to me.

I do remember my Tympani's and larger Magnepan speakers sounding "fuller" at higher volume levels, but I don't remember them sounding as "correct" and pure as these little fellows do - especially at low volume.

These 1.7i's are wonderful.

And I do wonder if I don't have somewhere else to use my Sonus Faber's.

I think I'm gonna love these Maggies.

I do stil have my JL Audio F112 subwoofer here, which i anticipate will make the Magenpan sound even "better" and may well make them rival (equal?) the larger Maggie's of my now distant memory - and, I will hook-up that beast up later today.
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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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Old 03-11-2017, 09:48 AM
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Wow, congrats Julian!
You spend so much time in that beautiful room, you deserve a decent system there - although the SFs surely did a good job.
You're fooling us though: you speak of a cottage as were it a shack, I'd rather call it a large house.
Time to visit you again to hear the new acquisition.
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:09 AM
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The true sign of a great speaker: sounds good at low volumes. I love that picture of your 20.1's
Hook that sub up today.
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On our trip to Audio Classics last summer, my Wife listened to various systems. She had to come home with a pair of Maggie's .7`s. I was very impressed with their performance.
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Old 03-11-2017, 12:29 PM
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Here's a photo of the 1.7i's in place.

Obviously, I am aware that the too-close sofa is blocking some of the sound, but the tweeters are on the inside and are unobstructed. They do sound GOOD.


Also, a picture of my old 20.1's and they are BIGGER












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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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20.1 is my dream life speaker.
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Old 03-11-2017, 04:03 PM
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Julian,
Enjoy those 1.7s and stay warm this weekend!
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add some DWM panels to your smaller 1.7s
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add some DWM panels to your smaller 1.7s
Good suggestion, but I do believe that my JL Audio F-112 will complement the Magnepan's quite nicely. They are at least equal to the Magnepans in speed, and the preliminary testing I conducted with the combo this afternoon indicates that it will do the job well.

Plus, I already own the JL Audio sub. and that is a real plus!

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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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Julian - nice to see you enjoying the special dipole sound again. I've heard great things about the 1.7i so your thread confirms all the good comments. Next step: update your signature to reflect the Maggie!
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