Magnepan SMG Floorstanding Speakers

4.5/5 (22 Reviews)


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PLANAR LOUDSPEAKER


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I got these speakers used thinking that they maybe giant paper weights and not 100 percent sure if they'd sound decent. I must say that they are older than me and sound amazing! I didn't have a amplifier but I have a 6 ohm reciever, combined with my iPhone and good music.... They sound awesome!!! The sounds are crisp, attention grabbing, mesmerizing, just beautiful. The bass is good but I still want to get a amp for these. The speakers take up no room! So in conclusion mixing these vintage speakers with some new tech gives you a go back to the future feel. I don't plan on selling them anytime soon.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul jacobs a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I found my SMG1's in the trash! Someone had laid them out to the curb with other stuff they were throwing away. My buddy who was driving slowed down when I alerted him, but quickly sped back up and said, ' Aw' you don't want those old office partitions.' I said, 'No! Those are magnapans!' Luckiest find yet. I took them home that night 7 years ago and to my amazement they worked perfect. I had no reference to go by except my equally awesome pair of ADS L-500 I'd bought at a local thrift for $5 each. The first thing I discovered was that in my smallish room of 8'x 10' the SMG's sounded as if it was like having the medium bookshelf size L-500's in a much larger room, placed back several more feet, and turned up to a nice full volume,but the intimacy of the SMG's took my breath away. As a musician with a somewhat acute sense of hearing my ear always seeks out the subtleties. The SMG's delivered every nuance from the first listen.
That night I was so pleased I cranked them up and after about an hour of listening I decided to go out in the hall to see how much it disturbed others in the house. As I exited the door and shut it behind me I was shocked at how quiet it was outside of the room with the door shut. That's when it dawned on me that by design these speakers don't operate the same way as conventional speakers in that the larger area of the sound footprint on the SMG's is already in tact as it leaves the surface so in effect it doesn't have to have the same pressure level as a cone speaker with the same sound footprint when it arrives at the listener. This seems to go against the common agreement among users that Magnaplanars take more wattage to get as loud as conventional speakers. Actually this makes sense because by definition the word 'loud' is used to describe the physical intensity of a sound. Since the surface area of the speaker is larger it requires a larger amount of energy to deliver it, or accelerate it, to the ear. This is where it gets very interesting to the audiophile because although there are set scientific ways to describe sound, how it is perceived and ultimately appreciated is entirely in the ears of the beholder. I imagine there are tests that can be made to determine which types of music are more conducive to the pressure levels set forth by said speaker, but again it's subjective.
I play organ. There are as many types of organ music as there are speaker types, maybe even more. So when I listen to the organ on the Magnaplanars I am very pleased because whether it's a big church pipe organ, a theater pipe organ, a Hammond tone wheel organ ( like a B3 & Leslie speaker combination), a Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ, or even the latest digitally sampled virtual pipe organ played directly through the SMG1's...they all sound great! I've also played my Wurlitzer 4410 electrostatic reed organ directly through the SMG1's and the organ sounds very sweet with every little key click and overtone. Now if I can just figure out how to build a Leslie out of one! LOL

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by squeegy200 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Not much is said about these very capable speakers. However, they do perform extremely well. I acquired these from an online auction and then placed them in my listening room. I expected any speaker from this era to require some level of refurbishing but was pleasantly surprised to find a factory rebuilt pair for sale at a price worth the risk. My most recent experience with the SMGs was consistent with my favorable memories of them when I first auditioned these in an audio store more than 20 years prior. I was not disappointed this time either. After an initial "getting acquainted period" with my existing system, they began to settle in and became smooth and spacious. These speakers truly define "out of the box" type of sound. They react quickly to transients and create a lifelike presence of musicians in the room. The realism of the sound as it decays in the studio and the position of each instrument in relation to the studio microphone is clearly evident.

My wife --who has always been a critic of my previous speaker choices-- immediately expressed her approval when she first gave them a listen. Being a professional opera singer, she is accustomed to orchestra and choral music. Who better to judge speakers for their faithfulness to the original performance? She enjoys them just as much as I.

However, I've found that my listening room is occupied more often than not. I sometimes have to reserve the space for my own listening enjoyment! There's been plenty of equipment in that room but never before have others enjoyed the musical experience as they do now. That's never happened before the installation of the SMGs. At the price they are commanding on the used market, these are truly a hifi bargain.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by snacpak89 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have owned a pair of maggie SMG's since 1983. I purchased them new at a gallery for roughly $500. I also bought a carver amp/reciever, onkyo cd player, nakamichi tape deck, and a Rega planar turntable. With this combination of products the maggies sounded outstanding. Now the big misconception with these speakers is not enough bass. Well there are many factors that affect this. one of them being the amplifier power. If you ever by a pair of maggies do not get a weak amplifier. now im not saying get a very powerful one either. i have friends that own maggies and they have them connected to 70wattx2 amplifiers. They sound good. but when i go home and put on my carver reciever with 150wattsx2 power the sound quality is much better. Another factor is the impedance rating of the reciever your using. A lot of people i hear are using 6-8 ohm recievers with maggies. thats not a great idea. the impedance rating on most maggies is 4 ohms. that should be the reciver rating as well. Problem with that is 4 ohm recievers are not cheap. My carver cost about $900. I highly recommend you do not use a cheap reciever with maggies. Sometimes old equipment is just as good as new or better. Also carver recievers are made with a magnetic field generated amplifier which tends to work together with the maggies. Also back o the topic of too little bass. The low end rating on my maggies is 50hz. Thats not bad considering my subwoofer is 40hz. so it is possible to get good bass from your maggies. Bose doesnt hold a candle to them.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased these speakers from a local antiques and vintage shop. The guy told me that the tweeters didn't seem to work so I purchased them as is for $100. I took them home and replaced the fuses and the tweeters came to life. These speakers produce and amazing sound stage. I hear the most subtle of sounds in my music. I listen to everything from metal to classical. These speakers have no trouble with anything that I throw at them. My room is severly over crowded. The speakers are placed as a as space allowed configuration rather than where they work best. They still sound wonderful. THe soundstage is amazing when you are in the sweet spot, however I find that they fill the whole house with wonderful sound. Moving from the sweet spot can be a let down however, as it is very sweet. I am not giving five stars overall as that should be reserved for the very very best. These are as close as I think one could get for under a grand. Five stars on value. Magnepan informed me that these are close to the new MMG's $550 delivered is a steal!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Vintage Shop




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