After a 12 year run, the venerable 3.6 steps aside for the new 3.7
The first question on everyone's mind-- "How is the 3.7 different?"
is easier to start with what is the same. The frame and cosmetics are
the same, with one important difference---the additional option of
The 3.7 is a 3-way design, like the 3.6, but, it
is a full-range ribbon design, like the highly acclaimed 1.7. We are
calling it "trickle-up" technology. The concepts that worked so well in
the 1.7 were incorporated in the 3.7.
The specifications of the 3.7 are nearly the same as the 3.6, with a minor increase in efficiency.
Pearson, the founder of The Absolute Sound magazine has been reviewing
Maggies since he began the magazine in the 1970's. Here is Harry's
review of the 3.7s--
introduction of the 3.7 during CES 2011 was very similar to the
introduction of the 1.7 during CES 2010. In their show coverage,
www.theaudiobeat.com summed up the reaction of many who heard the 3.7 at
the Audio Research and Magnepan rooms-- "In terms of high-end audio in
early 2011, we don't know of a more important and impressive debut than
that of the 3.7."
See the 4th paragraph in the following link.
Editorial on 3.7s and Magnepan's CES demonstration begins in second column of link below. Gary Reber states--
are without question the best performance/value in loudspeakers that I
have experienced. American-made throughout, these high-resolution,
full-range ribbon, planar loudspeakers set a new benchmark for
high-fidelity performance in loudspeaker design. No other demonstration
at the CES came close to the sonic and spatial realism, and seamless
response and time coherence delivered by the Magneplanars!"
See the last paragraph in the following link.
In the link below, meet the new president of Magnepan, Mark Winey, to continue the family tradition with the 1.7 and 3.7.
3.7 becomes 3.7i
In past model improvements, driver changes and factory retooling were
extensive. It is rare when improvements can be made that are audible in
a blind test and do not require a major investment. So, in view of this
good fortune, Magnepan chose to pass on these small improvements rather than
save them for a 3.8.
Will you be able to hear the difference between the 3.7 and 3.7i?
Yes, in a careful A-B test, but Magnepan doesn't do sales hype. It is not a 3.8.
And for those that have a 3.7, Magnepan has some good news.
first time in thier history, Magnepan is able to upgrade your 3.7s at the
factory for a modest $500. (That is what you have come to expect from
Need more bass?
Put a big speaker in a small room, too much bass. Put a small speaker
in big room, too little bass. In general, it is true. There is no
one-size-fits-all. In an ideal world, the bass diaphragm would be like
an accordion which could be expanded to exactly fit the needs of your
Magnepan now provides more options for getting the bass and frequency
balance just right for your particular room. The relative levels of the
bass and tweeter/super-tweeter can be adjusted. If that does not
achieve a smooth balance in your room, bass diaphragm area can be added
with one or more Maggie Bass Panels. Click on link below for more
If you have a high-current amplifieer, adding the Bass Panel is easy
and inexpensive. Better bass for those difficult rooms and no subwoofer
How to use the DWM Bass Panel
the risk of offending some advertisers, John Atkinson's "think piece"
is very insightful. Magnepan's frugality and high value products are
relevant to the needs of consumers in today's fragile economy. John's
comments about Magnepan begin in paragraph 7.
options- (Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry. (Aluminum)
Silver, black or red. Up-charge for dark cherry and red aluminum.
Fabric options- Off-white, black and dark grey.