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Magnepan MG 3.5
25 Reviews
rating  4.64 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spgmclean a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I've always been a mag owner.Since 1982. To me there is nothing that compares. I tried all kinds of speakers over the years(30 to be exact) and guest what, they all sound like boxes.
The 3.5r is what music is all about...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   gifted listener



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Raj J a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2000

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Dear audiophiles,
I had posted a review of the MG3.5 ribbons sometime earlier and mentioned that they sound best when bi-amped. I have learned that this configuration mainly depends on the two power amps and not really the speakers themselves. Sure the speakers are important, however both power amps must have either the same input impedence and sensitivity/gain, as well as similar power. If this is not closely matched, then there will be a mis-match between the two and they will have their own characters which is not good for the speakers as a whole. The sound will be less cohesive, less coherent less and focused, and most of all less transparent. All this is noticed only once you properly configure the system physically and listen carefully. How it all happened is: I tried my Conrad-Johnson Premier11A as a single amplifier driving both panels simultaneously. And volla! it just clicked into place! Everything seemed to be just about perfect and the output power of the c-j Prem11A is only 70 watts-rms/channel! However, the current and voltage drive of the c-j amp is relatively high compared to solid states and the main reason of course being valves!
So, I highly recommend using amplifiers in single stereo configuration or as exclusive mono-block designs rated at either 70watts (valve design) or above. For solid state designs, somewhere around 200w/ch - 250w/ch would be ideal. But valves sound the best with ribbon designs! First try the single configuration as mentioned and you will be surprised at the level of accuracy and control the amplifier has over the maggies. Musicality is what it's all about, and the truth is "if it sounds good to you, then by all means keep it!" Try mono-block designs later after using stereo amplifiers and you might realise the differences or maybe not. Like I said if you like bi-amping, match the two amps as closely as possible, identical designs would be better. stereo designs in single operation is a treat, and monoblocks are of course more power and more control, and maybe more musical, and ofcourse a hell of a lot more expensive! If you can afford it, go for it! For those who don't want to spend so much, try a good high-end brand of a valve design rated at 70-100w/ch and you'll never regret your decision driving them through magneplanars.
Happy listening, and cheers!!
Raj J

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Raj J a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I acquired my pair of MG3.5's just a week ago. They had been used for about 10 months, therefore the ribbons were well broken in and settled. The level of accuracy at which the 3.5's are capable of reproducing is mostly apparent with speakers systems in the $10,000 and above range. Therefore, if you get the chance to purchase a pair of either the 3.5's or 3.6s, go for it! You will not be disappointed with your decision. However, please keep in mind, in order for these speakers to sound best or at least what they are capable of, you must place them in a large room or listening hall, and for that matter a dedicated listening environment is preferred. Current placement is in a listening room measuring 30 feet length and 15 feet wide: 4 feet from wall behind, 3 feet from side walls, 8 feet apart and listening distance is 12 feet approximately. I highly recommend these measurements for that magical soundstage the MG3.5's are capable of delivering.
Associated equipment:
preamp - conrad-johnson PFR
power amps - conrad-johnson Premier11A (driving the mids/highs section), Jamo A300 professional amp (driving the bass section).
CD player - conrad-johnson DV2b (valve CD player)
Cables & Interconncets - Nordost Red Dawn pure silver wire (for mids/highs section) & Nordost super flatline gold MKII (for bass section).
power cords - winstar 13amp distribution block with external surge protector unit wired for 30amps.
For the MG3.5's to work really well, I have discovered that bi-amping is the best solution. the amplifier must be rated between 100 - 300 watts and that being either a valve design or a true high-end solid state design. The use of less expensive electronics may also be used to compensate for budget requirements, but then remember, you are not giving the 3.5's the best are you? Therefore, whenever affordable try your best to match these speakers with very high-end electroncis and you will not purchase anything else for at leat another lifetime! There is one very imporatnt point to make and that is; many say that the Magnepans have weak bass, this is not true! Bass is room dependent and if you stick to the dimensions given above, you'll think that you're using a sub at point or the other. The MG3.5's frequency response is typically 34Hz to 44kHz. Now, Magnepan is not going to print those figures if their speakers cannot deliver isn't it? I will not go into detail about how they sound, rather it is far better for one to go and listen for yourself at a dealer who has properly set the system up, with highend electronics, then I am sure you will not leave without purchasing a pair if and when you have the means. Happy listening and look out for Magnepan's newer arrivals! regards, Raj

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Feinstein a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Very nice speakers, with lovely, realistic sound. I lived with them for some time, but had to sell them because of the ridiculously large soundstage. It made images far too big and sounded unnatural. I go to the MN orchestra almost weekly and the Maggies, just spread the stage all over, which is not what I hear live. That said, the highs on the speaker were just amazing! About as good as the Inner Sound that I now own, but the midrange of the Maggies was not that great. Quad's, Inner Sound Eros, and Spendor's all have much, much better midrange than the 3.5. If a speaker doesn't have a great midrange, it eventually loses it's luster w/me. It's not a terrible midrange, but there are speakers that definitely beat it, including the much improved 3.6, which I consider a marked improvement over the 3.5 in the midrange. Some don't think the midrange of the 3.5 is a weakness, but all I have to say to them is this- listen to Quad's and you will realize the 3.5's midrange isn't that great. At over 15 yrs. old, the Quad's still have the best midrange bar none, but they, too, have their own problems (i.e., lack of highs). I liked the speaker, but at about 1,000 more, I think the Inner
sound beats the 3.5 hands down. For their price, they still represent an excellent value, but overall, I think they fall a little short because of the weaknesses I mentioned above.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mirso Maksic a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The Maggies 3.5R are one of the most spectacular audio product on the earth. They have accurate top to bottom reproduction, huge sound stage, and most importantly the sound is very reallistic and neutral. The bass was very authoritative,accurate and controlled and beats even the best dynamic loadspeakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1997




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