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Magnepan MMGi Floor Standing Planar-Magnetic Loudspeakers (Pair)

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    Introducing the new MMGi

    The first sonic upgrade since the MMG was introduced in 1995. The differences can be detected in a careful blind test, but as is our policy, we make no sonic claims or engage in sales hyperbole. For those who have never heard an MMG, it may not matter. But, be assured, the "appetizer" got a little better.

    In your search to improve your music or home theater system have you noticed how little box speakers tend to sound rather ... well, boxy? We would like to introduce you to a new concept in speaker technology. Actually, it has been around for 40 years ... mostly sought out by dedicated audiophiles. Advertising has been primarily by "word-of-mouth."

    Live music creates large area soundwaves having characteristics that can't be duplicated by little box speakers. Soundwaves emanating from live music help us determine "is it 'live' or is it a speaker?" Reproducing large area soundwaves requires a speaker with a large surface area. The Magneplanar MMG with the equivalent surface area of 72, 1 -inch dome tweeters, and 9, 8-inch woofers does this better than speakers costing several times the MMG's modest $599/pair price tag.

    Quasi Ribbon Models
    Ribbon speakers have long been respected as pure and elegant transducers. Closely related to the ribbon speaker, the Magneplanar Quasi Ribbon has the appearance and sound quality similar to a true ribbon at a fraction of the cost. Sometimes called Ribbon speakers by other manufacturers, the Quasi Ribbon speaker brings high-end speaker performance to today's mid-priced loudspeakers. Despite the delicate appearance, all Quasi Ribbon models have very high power handling capability and are nearly impervious to abuse.

    A Tradition of Innovation and Advanced Technology
    Have you ever noticed that instruments projected from small boxes sitting on the floor sound like they are coming out of boxes on the floor? This problem can be partially corrected by placing the box speakers on tall speaker stands. However, the sound still seems to be coming out of a box, because that's precisely what it is doing.The patented Magneplanar principle eliminates these problems by a fundamentally different approach to sound propagation. The Magneplanar projects sound from top to bottom, giving the sound height as well as stereo width and depth. In the concert hall, instruments project in all directions. Instead of projecting sound out of a box, Magneplanars project in all directions, which closely duplicates the original performance. With your eyes closed the Magneplanar will allow you to "see" the original performance suspended in space. The full height, width and depth of the concert hall can be heard.

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    Theoretically, loudspeakers should use massless drivers suspended in space with no box, magnet structure, or framework around the drivers. Most conventional box speakers are far from this ideal. The mass of the driver is high and the rear wave is contained within the box or magnet structure. While the frequency response can be smoothed out in a box speaker, the character of the sound is inevitably affected. The music sounds like it is coming out of a box-constricted and unnatural. The Magneplanar diaphragm comes closer to the ideal driver. The mass is low and the diaphragm is not contained. The sound is permitted to radiate freely into space. With the box removed, Magneplanars sound more like you are there.

    Uniform Drive
    The power from an ampilifer causes the conventional cone speaker to react as if it had received a sharp blow at the voice coil. Since the outer portions of the cone cannot respond instantly, the cone will flex. The resulting cone breakup gives music a "fuzzy", "blurred" quality. The Magneplanar eliminates cone breakup by driving the Magneplanar diaphragm over its entire area. The force from the amplifer is distributed over the entire diaphragm so that it all moves at the same time. Cone or diaphragm breakup is dramatically reduced and the integrity of the music is preserved.

    Options

    Prices vary depending upon trim and fabric combinations.

    Trim

    • Natural Oak
    • Black Oak

    Cloth

    • Classic Off-White
    • Black
    • Dark Gray
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    1. Good value for the price

      Was in the market for a new set of speakers to replace my Pinnacle Classic Gold Towers and came across an ad from Magnepan for these. Never had a pair of these before and the deal was too good to pass up.
      Placed the order on May 4th and received them in great condition on the 8th.

      Setup was easy and had them playing music in less than an hour. Right off the bat you could tell that these were a bargain as the sound was fantastic.

      It took me a couple of days to get them set up properly and I had to use one of the supplied resistors to take the tweeters down a notch. Now that they are where I want it to be, everything is better than the Pinnacles by a good margin.

      The highs and mids are just about perfect. Some say the Bass is thin as they don't go down as low or have the slam of conventional speakers. I find that it is mostly adequate for pretty much everything. If you want more bass, Magnepan has a bass panel that you can add on. Or you can get a subwoofer, which I do have, but haven't been able to get that dialed in yet so I don't use it.

      As for driving them, I have an Adcom GFA 555 which put's out 325 watts into 4 ohms. Some research showed that the Adcoms were not a good match for these speakers, but it seems to drive them just fine while barely getting warm. You just need at least a 50 watt amp that is stable at 4 ohms. Check the specs of your amp before purchasing.

      All in all, this is a good launch into the planar speaker world. Magnepan also has a generous trade up policy as do many dealers. I think that these are one of the best deals in audio today.

      Also need to shout out to Audiolab for the super fast shipping and service.
      on Mar 14th 2017

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    Speaker Type Floorstanding
    Drivers N/A
    Crossover N/A
    Frequency Response 50 Hz to 24 kHz
    Sensitivity 86 dB / 2.83 V
    Impedance 4 Ohms
    Recommended Power Not Specified
    Bi-Wire Capable Not Specified
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.5" x 48" x 1.25"
    Weight 45 lbs
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