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Magnepan MG3-3R
8 Reviews
rating  4.75 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jkulk a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Everything about this fantastic speaker is already been told, so what else can I add to this ?
Well, proper placement ==> good bass, lousy placement ==> lousy bass (for the Krell owner !), own a poweramp of at least 100 watts, these speakers are powerhungry.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pangl a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I owned this pair for less than 2 weeks. In fact, I put it on sale in ebay merely 5 days after I got my pair via local delivery. I hope that says something.

I once owned an Newform R645, which I think in many ways much superior than the Magnepan 3.3R.

Unlike many Maggie (or Martin Logan) owners who "cannot go back" to the conventional speakers world, I could, and I did it in no time for a very good reason: How can you listen to something with marginal bass at best?

I do not necessary an audiophile freak. But if the bass drums or some double-bass lines sound missing in the orchestral music, then something is REALLY WRONG. Try some light pop music too. From the 3.3R, I could *sense* the bass rhythm but I couldn't *hear* it.

And I am already bi-wiring the 3.3R with Mark Levinson 23 (dual-mono, 200W into 8 ohms and doubles thereafter).

The 3.3R is definitely very fast with amazing soundstage, but it's not transparent, so who cares.

My equipment which gives disappointing sound from the 3.3R:
Mark Levinson #26 preamp
Mark Levinson #23 power amp
Wadia 25 digital preamp (works as an D/A)
all NBS cables
Sony XS777ES SACD player

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wiley Wesson a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Can only agreed with what every one else has said. Very happy with the speakers, and have now found that, since upgrading to a pair of Odyseey mono block amps, that they sound even better, was using a pair of Dynaco Series II, with a Rane X over in a biamped mode.

I intend to up grade the cap's and coils in the future. Just to see if it makes the same amount of difference as an upgrade to a pair of IIIa's did.

Marantz 4000 CD Ah Tieob (mullard)
Sonic Frontiers SLF-1 (mullard)
Odyseey mono blocks
3.3
All wired with Belden, home made interconnects and speaker wire.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon on line



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ricky Dasler a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my Magneplanar 3.3/R speakers second hand for $2000 NZ which is approximately $900 US with our current exchange rate. They were in mint comdition except for the "buzzing" or "rattling" noises that other owners have experienced with various Maggies.
This is so easy to fix provided you have a steady hand, patience and the correct silicon adhesive (which should be acid free and "quick grabbing") plus something like a wooden barbecue skewer to apply the glue. It is mainly the bass section wires running up and down the mylar diaphragm which delaminate top and bottom, curl up then "buzz" against the panel at certain frequencies (acoustic bass is a sure fire way of exposing this problem if you are buying used Mags). I have also repaired two pairs of SMGA's using the following procedure.
1. Make sure you have plenty space to work in with no kids or pets around and preferably on your own for maximum concentration - all common sense I know but this is not a 5 minute operation.
2 Take off all wood sides, grill clothes etc so you are left with a naked panel. Owners with the ribbon tweeter models, gently remove the ribbon frame first.
3 A large kitchen table with a cotton sheet laid out is an ideal working surface on which to lie the speakers to work on. The unglued wires will be easy to see straight away, the others might be starting to let go and should be repaired also.
4 Because the mylar diaphragm has less movement top and bottom when playing music, the amount of glue needed doesn't add detrimental mass to the panel and consequently upset its performance. When applying the glue put the cartridge in the glue gun without the long nozzle and apply just enough pressure so you can see the glue starting to bulge out. You can then dip the pointed end of the skewer in to pick up a small amount of glue. Apply the glue to the underside of the loose wire liberally, or to the mylar, following the glue line where the wire was attached, then with the blunt end of the skewer push the wire down so that the glue oozes around, then smear the excess over the top of the wire so that it is firmly held down. Don't be afraid to push reasonably hard as the mylar is very strong. The old glue does not need removing first.
5 Move your way along the wires but keep coming back and pushing the previously glued wires back down as they tend to lift slightly. Twice is usually enough as the glue firms up.
6 Leave overnight to cure, reassemble, then enjoy the fruits of your labour!
The sound of the 3.3's in my adobe listening room is big ,easy and detailed with zero listener fatigue, plus all the usual superlatives that other Maggie fans have posted on this site. I also get very good bass response (probably due to the thick earth walls, concrete floor, solid timber ceiling) and have no desire to add a sub woofer. I work in the hi-fi industry and could have any number of subs from the likes of REL, M & K, or Velodyne. Thanks but no thanks. My rating is four stars for sound because of the 3.5's and 3.6's.
Other components are Meridian CD player, McCormack passive pre, New Zealand made McLaren mono blocs (250 watt into 8 ohms, 400 watt into 4 ohms), Audio quest cables bi-wired.
If anyone has any previously published reviews of this speaker, or has queries regarding repairing them please e-mail me.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TJ a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Truely, nothing any where near its price range comes even close. Once you've had these things, you'll never go back to conventional speakers again, and be happy. You need a quality amp to really get the most out of any maggie, these are no different. Do yourself a favor, if you've never been happy with the sound you have, take a pair home; you will lose your discontent. To lose one's discontent in audio, is definitly something a maggie is only capable of delivering. Enjoy!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995




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