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  • Maggie owners?

    Dr. Bruce B owns a pair but who else?

    Like the Quads, I periodically rediscover them and get impressed how good they are with right amps. I started my love affair with Maggie 3.3s in early 90's I believe and now on second journey with 20.1s.

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    I acquired my first pair in the '80s, IIC then IIIa. One of the first high-end systems I heard that really sucked me into this hobby were a set of bi-amped Typani's. I haven't owned a set of Maggies in years but I do hear them every chance I get, they are the proverbial bargain in audio.
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    • #3
      I had modded MG3as for many years. I still think the Maggie ribbon is the best upper octave transducer made. I often fantasized about a speaker with the Maggie ribbon, an estat midrange and a planar dynamic bass. Like I said, fantasized.

      I will also say that Maggie speakers are one of the best deals on the market. You really get great value for their money. I haven't heard them but many people are raving about the sound of the little 1.7s.

      I'll also add the cj amps and Maggies are a match made in heaven. The amplifiers love that 4 ohm load and just absolutely bloom. Another amplifier, that I would have never expected to mate with the Maggies but did was Bryston.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
        I will also say that Maggie speakers are one of the best deals on the market. You really get great value for their money. I haven't heard them but many people are raving about the sound of the little 1.7s..

        Little? They're the same height as my wife! Of course the footprint is no where near a box speaker thought, which made them a good fit for my living room.
        I too am a long time Maggie fan boy. My first set was a pair of MGII. At the time I had a Hafler DH500 amp providing the juice. I've gone through a few Maggie speakers. I had SMGa and MG1.5 with a Classe amp. I've had MG 1.6 and 2.6 with a Levinson 332 and now I'm pairing the 1.7i with a Parasound amp. As you can see, all the amps I've chosen provide plenty of wattage.
        The wife went with me to the Definitive Audio VIP event and I told her that Wendell Diller was there. She just had to meet him. I introduced her as a "Maggie Anomaly". We've all heard that Maggies have a WAF of ZERO! Well, when she saw this pair of Red/Gray speakers, she just had to have them. We were shopping for a pair of .7 speakers and the ones on display really didn't wow me, aesthetically or sonically. These red ones were sitting aside out in a back hallway and when she passed them, she just had to have them! I've created another lifelong Maggie fan!!
        I swear, if the acoustics were better for dipoles in my studio, I'd have a pair of 3.7i's in there in a heartbeat....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bruce B View Post


          Little? They're the same height as my wife! Of course the footprint is no where near a box speaker thought, which made them a good fit for my living room.
          I too am a long time Maggie fan boy. My first set was a pair of MGII. At the time I had a Hafler DH500 amp providing the juice. I've gone through a few Maggie speakers. I had SMGa and MG1.5 with a Classe amp. I've had MG 1.6 and 2.6 with a Levinson 332 and now I'm pairing the 1.7i with a Parasound amp. As you can see, all the amps I've chosen provide plenty of wattage.
          The wife went with me to the Definitive Audio VIP event and I told her that Wendell Diller was there. She just had to meet him. I introduced her as a "Maggie Anomaly". We've all heard that Maggies have a WAF of ZERO! Well, when she saw this pair of Red/Gray speakers, she just had to have them. We were shopping for a pair of .7 speakers and the ones on display really didn't wow me, aesthetically or sonically. These red ones were sitting aside out in a back hallway and when she passed them, she just had to have them! I've created another lifelong Maggie fan!!
          I swear, if the acoustics were better for dipoles in my studio, I'd have a pair of 3.7i's in there in a heartbeat....
          Little next to 3s or 20s. 😺

          I do miss the Maggie ribbon and the speaker's ability to recreate the snap of that double bass.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
            I had modded MG3as for many years. I still think the Maggie ribbon is the best upper octave transducer made. I often fantasized about a speaker with the Maggie ribbon, an estat midrange and a planar dynamic bass. Like I said, fantasized.

            I will also say that Maggie speakers are one of the best deals on the market. You really get great value for their money. I haven't heard them but many people are raving about the sound of the little 1.7s.

            I'll also add the cj amps and Maggies are a match made in heaven. The amplifiers love that 4 ohm load and just absolutely bloom. Another amplifier, that I would have never expected to mate with the Maggies but did was Bryston.
            My friend has the same fantasy, last year he bought a pair of factory refurbished IIIa ribbon tweeters and will combine them with acoustat 1+1 panels he already owns plus the 2+2's he lent me (used as bass panels) the whole shebang will be tri-amped. if he pulls this off in the next decade it will be a miracle, he has about twenty projects ahead of this one.
            Simon Yorke S10 | My Sonic Lab Eminent GL | AcousticPlan PhonoMaster | Wadia X32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

            "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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            • #7
              There's so much to learn in life... I don't know how you pull this one off, Bruce. Getting my wife to go to a music store is just a little bit peaceful event than her visits to the dentist.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                There's so much to learn in life... I don't know how you pull this one off, Bruce. Getting my wife to go to a music store is just a little bit peaceful event than her visits to the dentist.
                You have to start acclimating her from the start! When I first met my wife, I told her that one of my power cords was $2500. She acted like the dentist hit a nerve in her molar! Now she is trying to collect all the hi-rez music of her younger years.
                Now, I say something is going to cost $10k and it goes in one ear and out the other! Patience Padawan... !!!


                Myles, there's nothing like Ray Brown on a pair of Maggies!
                Last edited by Bruce B; 03-08-2016, 02:08 PM.

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                • #9
                  Actually I have been getting multiple points from wife by selling off some of the stuff in the garage... (She doesn't know that I just moved them back into the house mostly). But she said I should try horn speakers next. She did go to Vegas with me few years back and heard a pair of Avantgarde speakers and was impressed with imaging characteristics...

                  On the other hand, having the Maggie 20.1s second time around set up in an extreme near-field setting where I sit close to 5ft away just about the middle of the room and the speakers are about 8ft apart, I get this monster headphone like scary imaging and the best bass performance yet.

                  It's a bit odd way of listening but I recall one of my conversations with James Bongiorno years ago where he stated the only way to listen to loudspeakers properly was to sit in between them pointing at you. I am not sure about that extreme setting but using these Maggies as headphones impressed me a lot.

                  I was considering different speakers the room but I am putting that thought on hold for now - thanks to Maggies.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                    Dr. Bruce B owns a pair but who else?

                    Like the Quads, I periodically rediscover them and get impressed how good they are with right amps. I started my love affair with Maggie 3.3s in early 90's I believe and now on second journey with 20.1s.
                    There are a pair of 20.7's here that occasionally get cycled into the main system when the feeling is right.

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                    • #11
                      I gave the extreme near field Maggie setup a listen last night while testing one of the tapes. Having now sit about four feet from the speakers' center position, it is truly an odd and pleasantly strange feeling I got to be inside of a pair of headphones.

                      It's beyond being in a sweet spot with most of the room reflections not taking part in the music - I was mainly hearing just what's coming out of the speakers directly. You too should try it!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                        I gave the extreme near field Maggie setup a listen last night while testing one of the tapes. Having now sit about four feet from the speakers' center position, it is truly an odd and pleasantly strange feeling I got to be inside of a pair of headphones.

                        It's beyond being in a sweet spot with most of the room reflections not taking part in the music - I was mainly hearing just what's coming out of the speakers directly. You too should try it!
                        I want a selfie!
                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • #13
                          Ive had a pair of Maggie 1.6Qr in my main system for about 15 yrs. I listen to them in "room" mode however. For near-field listening, I use a pair of focal electra 905 on my PC based system in the bedroom. Both with SS power amplification.
                          Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
                            Ive had a pair of Maggie 1.6Qr in my main system for about 15 yrs. I listen to them in "room" mode however. For near-field listening, I use a pair of focal electra 905 on my PC based system in the bedroom. Both with SS power amplification.

                            Magnepans have to be one of the best values in the speaker world. What acts against them has nothing to do with sound; it is their size what with audiophiles having smaller rooms, etc. I had and reviewed the original 20s and they were huge. My friend also had the 20s and they were huge in his room. Imagine the old days of the four panel Timpanis?
                            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                            ________________________________________

                            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                            • #15
                              Sometimes, my current revisiting Maggies make me forget about the other speakers upstairs with a smile.

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