The system is no slouch when handling modern pop recordings, as I discovered when I put on Imogen Heap’s “Bad Body double” from Ellipse [RCA]. Part of what makes this track work, apart from Heap’s catchy hooks and sly, wryly humorous vocals, is the sheer richness of the techno-pop textures, details, and effects it employs. I was so impressed with the Mini Maggie’s handling of these elements that I simply jotted this note: “The ‘atmospherics’ on this track are phenomenal,” rich in their layering and detail, yet well integrated with the musical whole. About the only area in which I found the Mini Maggie system’s performance less than stellar involved some of the downright subterranean synth-bass washes found on the track, which either went missing or sounded “good, but a little too subdued.” But the overarching point I hope to make is that, as you listen to the Mini Maggie system, you may find yourself compelled to evaluate it by the very same standards you would normally use to judge large and extremely expensive multi-thousand-dollar full-range high-end speakers. In short, the Mini Maggie system is so good that it invites, and frankly demands, such comparisons.
Consider this system if: you like the idea of enjoying true, world-class sound from a three-piece desktop system that costs a tick under $1500. In a very real way, this system combines the resolution, detail and focus of top-tier headphones, with imaging and soundstaging characteristics similar to those of full-size loudspeakers. At this moment in time, the Mini Maggie package is the finest desktop speaker system in the world.
Look further if: you question whether desktop listening is really right for you (in our experience desktop systems “click” for some music lovers but not for others), or if you are unwilling to support the Mini Maggie system with appropriately good ancillary equipment (this system is by no means fussy, but it is very, very revealing). Otherwise, you’d be crazy not to consider this little giant killer.
We believe the Mini Maggie system is the finest desktop speaker system presently available. It comes closer than any other system ever has to the elusive goal of offering world-class sound at an Everyman price. Even if you think desktop audio might not be your cup of tea, you owe it to yourself to hear this system, just for the joy of experiencing what is likely to remain a benchmark product for years to come.
Magnepan Mini Maggie Desktop Speaker System
Type: 3-way planar magnetic/true ribbon speaker system
Frequency Response: 40Hz – 40 kHz
• Desktop modules: 86 dB/500Hz/2.83V
• Woofer module: 86 dB/50Hz/2.83V
Impedance: 4 Ohms, desktop and woofer modules
• Desktop modules (H x W x D): 14” x 9” x 1.25”
• Woofer module (H x W x D): 19.25 x 22.5” x 1.25”
Weight (complete three-piece system): 41 lbs.
Warranty: Limited Three-year, to original owner