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Magnepan vs. BG Radia series planar speakers

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jeffrey Chin, Aug 6, 2001.

  1. Jeffrey Chin

    Jeffrey Chin Second Unit

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    Which is better & why?
    Magnepan 2.5r (mains)
    Magnepan 1.4 (rears)
    Magnepan MGCC1 (center)
    However, I'm diggin the chrome look of the bg radias
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    [Edited last by Jeffrey Chin on August 07, 2001 at 09:18 AM]
     
  2. Chu Gai

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    how does one even begin to answer that question...what's important to you...appearance, your particular sound preference, warranty, the approval of your peers, price, compatability with existing equipment? why don't you just audition them preferably in your own home. then buy the one that works for you.
     
  3. ThomasW

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    I've had maggies and I have a DIY B&G system using the RD-75. I'd suggest getting maggies particularly compared to the Radia with it's little midwoofer.
    Why? Because Maggies will sound better.
     
  4. PomingF

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    I don't know anything about BG but just got my 3.6 this weekend & this thing is making some awesome sound. Tall, deep and yet detail, kinda complementary to the sweet midrange & heavy bottom of my other dynamic system. Now I know why some folks dig planars. [​IMG]
    John Kotches knows the BG's quite well & if you keep this thread up he should be here.
    PF
     
  5. John Kotches

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    Thomas,
    I must be weird, I prefer the BG panel sound to the QR Maggies, and to the mid/bass panels on the 3.6.
    The true ribbon is however an awesome HF transducer.
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  6. John Kotches

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    That's what I get for sitting on the entry page for too long.
    ThomasW knows a thing or two about the topic as well Poming.
    My personal preference is for the BGs, especially when BG doesn't do the implementation, rather just supplies the drivers [​IMG]
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  7. PomingF

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    John, I see you seem to agree with Thomas' DIY approach with BG. [​IMG] Yes, I do notice your new planars on the HTGuide and they do look gorgeous. As I said mine is still being broken in and will see how much better it gets. I will also be looking around for the right electronics to go with them.
    PF
     
  8. Andrew Pratt

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    Well I'm running the Maggie 1.4's as my mains with SMGa's as rears and a single MMG as my centre and I'm in heaven. I've never hear the BG's but I have no regrets with maggie
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  9. ThomasW

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    Don't misunderstand I'm not saying all B&G planars are bad. It's just that our initial meansurements and listening tests with the RD75 combined with 8-8" Eton midwoofers, indicate some 'issues' inherent in the performance of the RD75.
    The new much more sophisticated baffle will be operational tomorrow. So a new round of measurements will begin.
    I'm not impressed with the Radia Series. Other mfgr's designs using the B&G planars will certainly vary.
    So in replying to a question as general as the one that begins is thread; if a person has a room big enough for Maggies, I think usually they will provide better performance.
    [Edited last by ThomasW on August 07, 2001 at 09:56 AM]
     
  10. Jack Gilvey

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    I've not heard the BG, but Magnepans are the only commercially-produced speakers I'd consider buying in the future.
     

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