A technician makes Magnepan grille “socks” to order for each pair of speakers.
Samples of Magnepan terminal block assemblies as used for each of the firm’s models.
A technician prepares his test microphone and other apparatus prior to conducting a full functional test of each speaker.
A pair of “newborn” Maggies awaits its full functional test. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the left and right Maggies use differently placed panel dampers. This is by design, to ensure that the whole system (left and right speaker playing together) has the best overall composite combination of resonance control characteristics.
A technician fastens the grille “sock” to the bottom of a Magnepan’s frame.
A different view of the previous assembly step: because Magnepans are quite tall, the firm built a special staircase-equipped platform to make it possible for technicians to access the bottom of a speaker stood on end. Thus, the nearly finished Maggie is lowered (top end down) through a hole in the floor of the platform and the technician climbs the stairs and uses a staple gun to fasten the sock in place.
The last step: a technician installs styling trim strips as specified by the customer. This particular Maggie features and off-white grille with cherry wood trim, but other combinations (e.g., black grilles with aluminium trim) are available.
In Magnepan’s front lobby, the firm has on display a new mobile dealer demonstration stand to be used for the firm’s very high performance MMC2 on-wall loudspeaker along with a pair of Magnepan’s bass panels, both fitted out with experimental trim kits designed to make it easier for the dipolar woofers to be “hidden in plain sight.”
Magnepan’s President Mark Winey (right) and head of Marketing Wendell Diller (left) show off a mix of their creations, including the Mini Maggie (held in Mark Winey’s right hand), the flagship 20.7 floorstander (in dark gray fabric with silver trim), and the aforementioned MMC2 shown on its mobile dealer demonstration stand to the left of Wendell Diller. The MMC2 deserves special mention in that it is every inch a “real” Maggie in sonic terms, yet seems to “fade into the walls” in a visual sense, making it perhaps the most interior decorator-friendly model in the entire range.