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Magnepan MMG
313 Reviews
rating  4.71 of 5
MSRP  599.00
Description: <ul> <li>Description 2-Way / Quasi-Ribbon Planar-Magnetic</li> <li>Freq. Resp. 50 - 24 kHz ±3 dB</li> <li>Sensitivity 86dB / 500Hz / 2.83v</li> <li>Impedance 4 Ohm</li> <li>Dimensions 14.5 x 48 x 1.25</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerret Meyer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2014

Bottom Line:   
It is time to give this set of "entry" Maggie's their due. Simply put they are great when set up correctly. It takes some time to get there, but when you get there it is like being there. They are a great set of speakers that will reveal all the strength and weaknesses of your system. They sound best when straight up and on stands other the what Magnepan ships them with. I got mine on ebay from a seller who goes by cmz48045. Highly recommended. The speakers need to be toed in about 30 degrees to sound simply blissful. Sine I listen in a small room they are just the right size, no more is needed. I did add a Polk sub to the set up. Depending on the recording I can take or leave it. They are powered by a Rotel rb 981 with rc 995 pre. The source is either a modified Rega rp 3, feed through a Bellari phono amp or an Onkyo DX 7555 CD player. I have lived with these for 5 years of joy - still in heaven...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Caveman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I have had MMG’s for almost 2 years; I did finely put a 2 ohm resister in, but used 12 watt Mills ones I had around. For my room these improved the overall sound - balancing them. With these speakers you could not ask for better sounding ones at their price or any reasonable price, the sound does not improve that much by spending 4 or 5x more with dynamic drivers. If you are not getting the best from the MMG’s then it is your electronics or source material. These speakers are so detailed you can hear the difference in different record pressing of the same record title. I bought my MMG’s from an audio store, I listened to them first, and the 12’s; driven by 5-figure Audio Research electronics with a 4–figure CD player and then some upper end VPI turntable with some really expensive cartridge. A friend and I spend three hours listening with the store owner - great store very old school no TV’s in sight, records lining the walls. I felt guilty spending so much time and then buying the cheapest thing in the store. On the components used for evaluation the interconnect cables cost more than these speakers. My “sweet spot” is about 6’ wide. The speakers have a slight toe-in, maybe 1” across their face, and are 26” out from the wall at the top, up on the rear “stands”.
Amplifiers used since I have owned them;
First was an NAD T773 7.2 Surround receiver, 110 watts in surround and 145 watts in 2 channel. Never had any problems with power and volume; it was a great combination. What I didn’t like was the analog side of the NAD. Sales hype said it could do both…not!
Second Rotel RC-1070 and RB-1050 (70 watts per channel), and on some music the 1050’s peak light would come on briefly. The sound was so clean that I would turn it up running out of power. Keep in mind this would only happen on dynamic peaks in the source, and the 4BX in the system didn’t help. MMG’s were very loud, well beyond normal listening level; you could not talk over them at this volume level. One could live with this level of power for the MMG’s (Room 15 x 16 x 8’, heavy carpet).
Third : switched the Rotel for another amp I have an Adcom 5400 (200watts 4 ohms: MOSFET transistors) did not like the Adcom with the MMG’s, lack of dynamics, mono tone sound. When I had the Adcom on my Infinity RS-IIIB’s would knock one out of the room with the power and punch of the dynamics; I’m not sure why this didn’t work with the MMGs.
Fourth and current: The RB-1050 was replaced with an Emotiva XPR-2 with 500 watts per channel at 4 ohms, (also a bi-polar transistor design amp 12 transistors per channel). The sound is fantastic, nuances, and dynamics are incredible! No RED lights. The preamp is still the RC-1070 Rotel and a dbx 4BX processor.
Source equipment:
• CD player: Tascam CD-RW900SL
• Turntable: Project Expression Classic with a Denon DL-110 cartridge, a DL-301mkII in the box, Project Phono Box SE for the low output 301.
• Tape: Nakamichi LX-3, Akai GX-220D; Pioneer RT-701 Reel to Reel with outboard dbx.
As far as subs go using a pair of Martin Logan Dynamo 300’s down firing (8” woofers; $125.00 each on sale at Amazon) set-up in a ¼ wave spacing, behind and slightly to the left of the MMG’s, 180° out-of –phase, and cross-over at 50Hz then volume matched (separately) to the MMG’s SPL (86db i.e. 2watts). Larger diameter subs are too slow to keep up with the MMG’s. The large subs are meant for home theater where slow, heavy, room shaking, and making distortion from huge cone travels makes the LFE things blowing –up louder - good for movie in poor taste for music. The ML’s only go down to 32 Hz this gets all of the undertones in the music.
If you have good electronics or going to get what they need, buy a set you can’t go wrong. More bottom end, look at an 8” or smaller sub(s). Magnapan’s bass panels maybe good but I’ve already spend my money.

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Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blown away a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Short review: Incredible speakers.

Longer review: Incredible speakers, so good for classical and easy listening music you won't even miss the bass.

Conventional speakers tire me after an hour or so. Not these Magnepans. Absolutely incredible, and that for $600. Very well made and taking up very little space. The sound quality is just incredible.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Atropos13 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2013

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic speaker. It has a character that is open and revealing. It is best used in good recordings. I am extremely satisfied with recreation of drums, guitars, vocals and more intimate types of recorded music. I think dynamic speakers do a better job with complex and/or highly compressed music - the speakers seem very capable even with my NAD 50 watt/ch integrated amp. I am sure more power would improve them, but they have more than sufficient loudness. I would say they are comparable to speakers in the $1500 - $3000 range and clearly superior to anything approaching their $600 price.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

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Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by earwaxxer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Still have these puppies. They keep getting better with better equipment. Added tubes some moons ago. Increased the 'staging' and decay, etc. All that good tube stuff. Of course that was in the pre-amp. Power amp, 500wpc emotiva. Another great match, IMO. Been tweaking the digital front end. These suckers are RESOLVING. GIGO. The bass is a challenging blend. You have to really keep the sub crossed over LOW, although the MMG's do need punch in the 30-40hz range. So bottom line is, good power for the low end is essential. High efficiency drivers need not apply. That woofer needs good control and good punch.

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Product model year:   2007




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