Thinking Out Of The Box: My New Maggies!!

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  1. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    Well, after several months and numerous auditions, I went with a complete Magneplanar surround system:
    MG1.6/QR (mains)
    MGCC3 (center)
    MGMC1 (surrounds)
    Paradigm PW-2200 (sub)

    I auditioned the following main speakers:
    Wharfedale EVO-40 $960/pair
    Boston Acoustics VR3 $1250/pair
    B&W DM-603 $949/pair
    Magnepan MG1.6QR $1725/pair ($1495/pair for a demo)
    Onix Rockets RS750 $1499/pair
    Paradigm Studio 100 $2100/pair

    Didn't get to audition:
    Swan Diva 6.1 BC $929/pair
    Paradigm Studio 60 $1499/pair

    Out of all the speakers listed above, the maggies were hands down my favorites!! The Wharfedale EVO-40 would have been my choice for a box speaker...nice sound stage and a little laid back.

    As soon as I get it all together I am going to submit new pictures. For now...on with the show!!
     
  2. Jeff O.

    Jeff O. Stunt Coordinator

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    Alan,
    You're going to love the new setup. I agree its hard to beat the Maggies. I recently completed my all Maggie setup with the CC3 center. I think it makes a big difference. Enjoy!
    Jeff
     
  3. BobAlbano

    BobAlbano Second Unit

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    Alan, congrats on the new system! [​IMG]

    I have followed your search for speakers and it's great to know that you have found something that works for you! [​IMG]
     
  4. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    Alan, there is only one thing I was concerned about when I was considering the Maggies[well the fact I couldn't fit them in my room without compromise is why I didn't get them],is their max output with movies, I tend to listen movies at near reference levelSo far I heard conflicting views on this. Some say the membrane rattles,or the dynamics[macro]suffers after a certain point,some say none of that is true.My personal auditions of theses speakers were at the dealer's showroom, and I couldn't really crank it up.Your input on this would be very valued.
     
  5. Robert Cowan

    Robert Cowan Supporting Actor

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    i listened to the matrix at -4dB with my system and they werent even really trying. ive never heard buzzing or rattling.

    i have 1.6qr's up front, getting MMG's for rears, and i phantom my center channel.
     
  6. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    Lewis, as soon as I get my system completly set-up and calibrated, I will get out the old SPL meter and let you know how loud these babies play during a movie!!
     
  7. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    thanks!
     
  8. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    Lewis, I got my system calibrated!! During half time of the Fiesta Bowl (GO BUCKS), I played the beach battle scene of Saving Private Ryan. With my pre/pro set at 0dB, I was at 100dB with peaks at over 106 dB.

    Plenty loud for me, and oh so full of base!!
     
  9. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    No sign of "strain"?
    What amps do you use?
    Thanks for getting back.[​IMG]
     
  10. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    Rotel RB-990BX (2 x 200wpc) for MG1.6/QR (front speakers)
    Carver AV-705x (5 x 125wpc) for MGCC3 & MGMC1's (center & surrounds)
     
  11. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    thanks Allen!
    Give us a full review when you have a chance.
    Oh yeah, do you run the 1.6's in full range or high pass them?[sory for all these questions]
     
  12. Alan Pummill

    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    MG1.6/QR's (Xover @ 60Hz)
    MGCC3 (Xover @ 80Hz)
    MGMC1 (Xover @ 100Hz)
     

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