Surround speakers for Magnepan system

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Roger_A, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. Roger_A

    Roger_A Auditioning

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    I don't know how many Magneplanar owners there are in this forum but hopefully someone can help me. I am putting together a home theater system using my existing main speakers which are Magneplaner MGIII's. For the center channel I am going to use a Magnepan MMG hanging from the ceiling. I would like to have some suggestions for rear and maybe a rear center channel that will sound good with the Magneplanar speakers. I don't have room on the walls to put the Magnepan HT speakers so this isn't an option. There are windows in the way. I plan to hang the speakers from the ceiling more than likely. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Roger
     
  2. Burke Strickland

    Burke Strickland Second Unit

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    I have Magnepan MG 3.6s as my L/R mains with a Magnepan MGCC1 Center. Before the Maggies, I had an all Def Tech system (except for the sub, which is still the musical and mighty Velodyne FSR-18) and most of those speakers are now in use at the sides and in the rear for a 7.1 configuration.

    Obviously, floor standing towers such as the BP-2000s which I use as my side surrounds or BP-20s, (predecessor to the BP-30), now in use at the rear, won't hang very well from the ceiling. But the C/L/R 2000 center voices surprisingly well with the Maggies and being a direct radiator instead of bipolar, with a very sturdy stud-secured mount, multiples of that model (or one of the other "centers" in the Def Tech line) might suit your needs as a rear speaker.

    I would NOT recommend the BPX-type "surround" models from Def Tech. I tried those when I was using Def Tech BP-2000s as mains and found them woefully lacking. (That's when I got the BP-20s for use in the rear.)

    Good luck -
     
  3. FrantzM

    FrantzM Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi

    I am a Maggie Fan, as well. Why don' t you try the MMGs at the rear $500 if I am not mistaken. An all around MAggie and a system few others can touch with a 100 feet pole [​IMG]
    or you could go with a pair of MGMC1. The MMG are more full range than the these. You would have a killer system.

    My HT ( being built right now) will be separated from my 2-channel. The 2-channel speakers will be the new 20.1


    Frantz
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
     
  4. CharlesG

    CharlesG Auditioning

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    If lack of wall space is the only thing keeping you from using the Maggie MC1's, you might check out my recent post on AudioAsylum regarding an inexpensive DIY stand: http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/MU...ges/47833.html

    There are many other space-efficient ceiling-based solutions for side and rear speakers (e.g. the Thiel built-ins), but I am guessing that none will sound as consistent as the other Maggies.

    Incidentally, I spoke to a couple of other folks using a single MMG as a center channel, and they reported that it tends to "beam" (i.e. only sounds at its best right in front of the speaker). You might consider picking up a used CC1 or CC2 on Audiogon ... they are designed to disperse sound a bit better and can also be ceiling-mounted.
     

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