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    Anyone ever run Magneplanar Speakers?

    Anyone here ever use Magneplaner speakers with their PL amps? The first time I ever hear these speakers or a PL amp was in a stereo store show room in the early 70's when I was out in CA. where they had them set up together.. I'm thinking it might have been a 700b amp but might have been a 400. Long time ago brain gets fuzzy lol But I remember the setup almost literally blew my shoes off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccus View Post
    Anyone here ever use Magneplaner speakers with their PL amps? The first time I ever hear these speakers or a PL amp was in a stereo store show room in the early 70's when I was out in CA. where they had them set up together.. I'm thinking it might have been a 700b amp but might have been a 400. Long time ago brain gets fuzzy lol But I remember the setup almost literally blew my shoes off!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MAGNEPAN-MG-...cAAOSwJkJWiBtW
    Being as they are built in Minnesota Iv'e probably had a dozen chances to grab a pair but my room size just wouldn't work, I have listened to them thru a Quad 405 and thought they lacked a little low end those 3as are supposed to be some of their best
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccus View Post
    Anyone here ever use Magneplaner speakers with their PL amps? The first time I ever hear these speakers or a PL amp was in a stereo store show room in the early 70's when I was out in CA. where they had them set up together.. I'm thinking it might have been a 700b amp but might have been a 400. Long time ago brain gets fuzzy lol But I remember the setup almost literally blew my shoes off!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MAGNEPAN-MG-...cAAOSwJkJWiBtW

    I bought a pair of Magnepan MG IIs to repair and flip a few years ago. They are a serious pain in the rear to rewire. Anyhow, I played them for a couple weeks with my WOPL 400. I liked the Maggies a lot, but my wife hated them as much as I liked them. I didn't try them with any other amps so I cannot compare how they sounded on the WOPL versus other amps. But, the WOPL and Magnepan pairing was very nice.

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    I ran my MG-I's with a 125 wpc receiver and would have liked a little more power. The sound is magical when working right!! I don't know if you'll ever hear a better midrange from Maggies or electrostatics. Maybe that's a dipole thing. Probably a low WAF due to their need for placement into the room. They're imposing.

    Before you jump in, read thru this post. It'll give you an idea what to look for and what's involved if repairs are needed. I don't know that I'd buy a pair of old Maggies at this point, even if they didn't need repair. I especially wouldn't buy them w/o listening to them first.

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    Yeah, Maggies are a speaker I will never own, too much hassle to maintain/rebuild. I'd rather have a pair of 15" 3-ways any day
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    Maggies are pretty cool speakers, the later models have many followers, my buddy Tom has some. He's a die-hard tube guy and has a custom built amp that uses some NOS 300B's from the 1930's for low level sessions and a monster 200wpc made in China for serious jams. I like them.

    They are a different sound though from my ML's, even though they seem the same on paper, very different beasts! They both need lot's of room around them, both will be noticed in a room. Maggies reproduce bass from the panel (they don't do it for me in that aspect). My Summits have dual powered dynamic 10' woofers and, while not up to what Lee and other bass fiends like they are just fine for me. Maggies also present a very different load on an amp. I'm sure a WOPL can handle the load. IMHO, you need at least 200wpc to make them really sing, and they can suck about as much as my Summits on peaks...like 500wpc. I'm talking very loud here.

    I don't think the soundstage is as pronounced as my Summits but, that might have to do with my buds placement and amp/pre? I think the ML line is beyond reproach as far as midrange clarity and speed, 'Logans are fast, fast, Fast! I've never heard another speaker that match that speed. Even my buddy jumped when certain passages of his fav classical Lps were played. He still loves his Maggies, I love my ML's.

    I suggest finding a pair to listen to again since it's been awhile. Happy listening!!
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    Here ya go roccus! A bud over on the MLO forum is selling his CLSIIz's these are huge, he's only asking $3,000. If they don't sell he's not in a hurry! Located in Tampa FL, buy a cheap flight down, rent a truck to drive them back, or pay to have them shipped!! These are serious monster ML's!!

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    I can get you in touch, I paid twice that for my Summits, these are much nicer...Drat!!!!
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    Smoke and mirrors baby!
    Amen on all that! I remember listening to my brother's Acoustats around the same time I had my Maggies. Both great speakers and while you got some similarities there were definite differences. Both power hungry monsters.

    That's a screamin' deal on those ML's ! ! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuwee View Post
    Here ya go roccus! A bud over on the MLO forum is selling his CLSIIz's these are huge, he's only asking $3,000. If they don't sell he's not in a hurry! Located in Tampa FL, buy a cheap flight down, rent a truck to drive them back, or pay to have them shipped!! These are serious monster ML's!!

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    I can get you in touch, I paid twice that for my Summits, these are much nicer...Drat!!!!


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