Anyone heard anything about a new Magnepan system to be introduced at CES?
yes, it's supposed to replace the 20.1
According to reports from CES, it's not a replacement for the 20.1.
I contacted my dealer about new Maggies, and this is his reply after he contacted Magnepan:
There is a new Maggie coming out early summer ('09). It has the aproximate dimensions of the 1.6, and will retail in the $2,500 range.
It will have a true ribbon.
Here is Alan Taffel's part 1, covering the listening experience:
And part 2, with a picture:
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It was a most impressive demo, to say the least.
"Digital finishes what the transistor began" James Boyk
I was sitting with a friend and jokingly said to him that they will pull a rabbit out of the hat and it will be something small. He said "no way, this is definitely a really large speaker". We were both floored when they openend the curtain. Maggies for the wives, finally :) It sounded terrific indeed.
Wendell demo'ed these at the Definitive Audio dog & pony show about a month ago. They did the "pay no attention to what's going on behind the curtain" act, but someone who had been there tipped me off. The front end was a Wadia Ipod dock and a Peachtree Audio digital integrated amp. They did have 4 of them instead of 2, but the sound was wonderful. Maybe it's because I'd just come from a room where they combined a pair of (surprisingly nimble) massive JL Audio subwoofers with 20.1s, but the low end sounded a bit overstretched. No denying the superb sound though. Wendel said that, since they are basically cut up 20.1s (as an owner, I involuntarily winced at that one) they should be able to tool up production pretty quickly. All he would say about price was something along the lines of "typically Magnepan reasonable". At one point, someone asked if this amazing sound was totally pushed by the 80 wpc Peachtree. They somewhat sheepishly admitted that a still-hidden Ayre was providing the power. I guess that even little tiny Maggies need watts.