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Center Mate For MMG's

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#1 of 3 Rob.melone


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Posted January 07 2008 - 05:21 AM

Any suggestions on a conventional box speaker to act as center for a pair of MMG fronts? I don't have the space for a Maggie center (nor budget). Thanks.

#2 of 3 Colin Dunn

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Posted January 11 2008 - 03:28 AM

I don't recommend running a box center with any Maggies. Sticking with Maggies all around is your best bet if you like the planar sound.

To do so on a budget, consider:
1) Running in phantom center mode; move the fronts closer together if possible to close up any center hole in the soundstage. This shouldn't cost you anything!
2) Keep an eye out for a used MGCC1 or MGCC2. They're going for about $350 on Audiogon right now. They have very limited bass, so make sure your receiver / processor can cross over at 150Hz and route all lower frequencies to a sub or the mains. You're right that the MGCC3 is expensive at nearly $1,000.
3) Get another pair of MMGs ($550) and use an MMG in the center. (Your setup would need to be able to accommodate a vertical floor-standing center channel.)
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#3 of 3 Colin Dunn

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Posted April 21 2010 - 02:41 AM

Since I posted this a long time ago, Magnepan has since introduced a low-cost center, the MMG-C. It lists for $349. Usually sold to accompany the MMG-W wall-mount speakers, it can also be used as a separate center for Magnepan home theaters based on floor-standing MMGs.

It's still bandwidth-limited, with a -3dB point of 100Hz. But that's actually more mid-bass response than the original MGCC1 (which I have) and MGCC2. That's also a more accessible crossover point for most receivers - so I would think this is a better choice than the MGCC3 to match with the MMGs.
The MGCC3, being more expensive, has an 80Hz -3dB point and more detailed / high-quality sound. It would be a better choice to match with the larger Maggies (1.6/1.7, 3.6).

Colin Dunn