Maggie Spectacular

Posted by: Paul Seydor at 10:10 am, January 10th, 2011

Magneplanar had without question the most spectacular demonstration I’ve heard so far, a multi-channel set up driven by Bryston amplifiers. It was impossible not to be blown away by the sheer impact of the sound, the dynamic range and power—indeed, playing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the setup answered a lifelong curiosity of mine of what it might be like to be inside a bass drum when it’s being whacked! The Maggie colorations and discontinuities still bother me, however much reduced in the latest version, but it would be churlish to say I am unimpressed by the life-size (indeed, sometimes rather greater than live size) with which singers and instruments are able to be projected. (I must also commend the Bryston amplifiers: staggeringly clean, clear, and totally unfazed by whatever loudness levels they were called upon to deliver.)


DaveC -- Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:06

I have yet to read about what specifically constitutes the changes between the 3.6 and 3.7. There seems to be consensus about the mid-range on the 3.7 as a QR, but what about the bass?

Josh Hill -- Mon, 01/10/2011 - 13:25

Someone said on another forum that the bass *isn't* quasi ribbon, but there's often bad information at this point in the game. So I'm curious as well.

Sceptic -- Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:10

Thanks Paul, did you get a chance to visit the ARC/Magnepan room as well, I am curious which setup you preferred?

lila11 -- Fri, 03/02/2012 - 06:51

 I guess this would matter on how do you use it. 
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