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Magnepan MG1.7i Loudspeakers Aluminium or Timber trim with deluxe cloths



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Magnepan MG1.7i Loudspeakers Aluminium or Timber trim with deluxe cloths

Magnepan MG1.7i (improved) model.

The 1.7i is now on demonstration at our East Gosford showroom... 

Some feedback from our previous 1.7i customer:

"Fellow Hi-Fi enthusiasts,

I've been a keen hi-fi enthusiast with an acute case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome!) since the late 1980's. I've heard & owned a lot of gear, tube & solid state amps - separate pre's, monoblocks in class A, triode, ultralinear, high end turntables, crazy expensive cartridges, pidiculous (that's one level above ridiculous) dollars spent on cables, professionally installed acoustic treatment, dynamic speakers with diamond tweeters, plasma tweeters with gigantic horns, etc. I've spent a lot of time researching too. I also own a professional recording studio & have released 8 albums over my adult life, one that reached the US Top40. Anyway, I'm trying to point out I'm no newbie.

A week ago I bought a pair of Magnepan 1.7i speakers from Bill. Bill is friendly, knowledgeable, & lets the gear speak for itself. The Magnepan 1.7i are the hifi bargain of the century. They have a massive soundstage, are very well balanced across the frequency spectrum, & have an uncanny ability to sound like you are in the room with the musicians. They are super-fast & dynamic, plucked guitars & percussion sound amazing. Some people online say they don't have much bass, that is absolute nonsense, they have plenty of tight, accurate, timing-perfect bass, similar to my Stax headphones. These speakers excel with vocals, brass, piano, percussion. I mean solo sax is mind blowingly realistic, pianos sound like they are in the room, cause the speakers move a lot of air & can reproduce the waveform & size of a piano's string vastly superior to the sound you get out of a 1 inch tweeter. To quote Scotty from Star Trek, ‘you canna' change the laws of physics'. They are also great with ambient electronica, & with rock. Not great with ‘doof doof'..."

"I recommend the upgrades....hifi tuning fuses, good crossover wire. These make noticeable improvements to definition. I took the pepsi challenge & tried with & without upgrades. They are inexpensive, it's a no brainer.

These speakers need burn in, 100 hours makes a noticeable difference. They also like a lot of power. 400w into 4ohms is the sweet spot, but they will still sound good with half that. More, like 900w is even better.

Do yourself a favour, go out & get a pair!"

JL, Sydney, April 2018


Some feedback from our previous 1.7 customers.


Hi Bill,
Firstly they fit into our decor a treat - the off-white/black frames are just right.
My wife actually likes them ...rather elegant!

Not too much time to listen critically yet but as you suggested the 40W tube amp has lovely mids/highs but runs out of steam at moderate ++ sound levels.
A muscle amp will now be on the wish list.

Thanks again for a great product and service!

Regards,
Rick

 

Dear Bill,

I have been living in a state of musical ecstasy. It is so profound it's embarrassing. I want to thank you for a wonderful demonstration of the Magneplanar 1.7's (especially Nils Lofgren) a fortnight ago, and now that I'm breaking them in and getting the positioning just right, I see what all the fuss is about.

I am astounded at the level of musical beauty and fidelity offered by this company and I now wonder why I have waited so long to find this out? It's not that my other gear was deficient but this Magneplanar experience is a whole new world of pleasure.

When your favourite music is presented to you in a sublime acoustic, with all the usual nuances plus a delightful mixture of brand-new sounds and emphases-as recorded-then you tend to wallow in the sweet spot for hours in a lather of delight. I find I can listen to any music like this, and rediscover my collection as well. My favourite music suits the strengths of the speaker very well indeed. And talk about truth in reproduction of voices.

More specifically it is an emotional experience for me as I am dreaming of times past and other related musical triggers every time I listen. This is the exact opposite of ‘critical listening' (the critical brain listening for whatever is missing or maladjusted). I'm just enjoying myself and I don't really care about the system until the music is over. I'm not ‘listening', I'm hearing-perceiving-experiencing all at once. How relaxing is that?

While of course the opportunity for fine-tuning or upgrading of the system exists, it's for me by analogy like the experience of being able to have the very best home-cooked food. Yes, it isn't the world's best cuisine, but you yearn for the comfort of this food and the wonderful taste, especially with great ingredients and expertise(it's no surprise that I love tasty peasant cooking mostly, as do most great chefs personally). This is how I am experiencing my music (and system) now; it seems naturally right. If perception is mostly in the brain then my brain is now able to have a good rest from the effort of decoding musical or hi-fi signals. I only ever heard this on Quad ESL-63's before but I didn't own those. Thanks to the Aussie dollar and you, that musical problem has been solved recently.

It's your fault that I have fallen asleep in front of my system for many nights now because I can't tear myself away! I hope you are racked with remorse for interfeering with my well-ordered life like this.

Keep on doing what you're doing. I'm happy with your efforts.

Best Wishes,

David

 

An excerpt from Jonathon Valins AVGuide Review of the MG1.7

You can read it in full in the Magnepan review section of our site...

What makes the 1.7 such a landmark-and a departure-is that every driver in it, from its super-tweeter panel to its tweeter/upper mid panel to its lower-mid/bass panel-is a quasi-ribbon, making this the first Magneplanar to use ribbon technology in ALL of its drivers. The speaker's crossover has also been carefully re-done, as has its "enclosure" (the 1.7s use a stiffer aluminium-and-MDF frame rather than Maggie's traditional all-wooden one). The result is a speaker of superior "uniformity"-a speaker's whose power-handling, dispersion, resolution, and overall presentation are more "of a piece" than ANY previous Maggie design. (This does not mean, BTW, that the 1.7 will outdo its bigger brothers in some critical areas. Maggie's true ribbon tweeter, taken on its own, remains a superior transducer, and the considerably larger planar-magnetic mid/bass panels in the 3.6 and 20.1 simply produce "bigger," fuller, deeper bass than the smaller quasi-ribbon bass panel in the 1.7)

Frequency response of the 1.7 is said to range from 40Hz-24kHz (which the eagle-eyed among you will note is not all that different than the frequency response of the 1.6). Its sensitivity is rated at 86dB/500Hz /2.83v. Its impedance is 4 ohms. All of which means that, like the 1.6 and every other Maggie, the 1.7 will take some power to drive, although how much power depends on the size of your room, the kind of music you listen to, and the levels you are comfortable listening at. At the moment I am driving the 1.7s with the most transparent amps I've heard-the $115k Soulution 700s-coupled (via Tara Labs Zero and MIT Oracle MA-X) with the best preamps I've heard-the Audio Research Reference 5 and Audio Research Reference 2 Phono-and fed by the best sources I've heard-the Walker Proscenium Black Diamond Mk II record player with Da Vinci Reference Grandezza Mk II cartridge and the "Level 5" United Home Audio TASCAM 15ips, two-track tape deck playing back fabulous second-generation mastertapes from The Tape Project. At a later point I will switch over to the ARC 610Ts, the Technical Brain amp and preamp, the BAlabo amp and preamp, and to much, much, much more affordable electronics from Odyssey, but for the nonce let it be clear that I could happily live with the 1.7s in a system that is as ultra-high-end as the one I'm using. THAT's how good they are.

Appearances to the contrary, I'm not going to write an entire review at this point. I will save the issues of dipolar line-source speakers versus monopole point-source speakers, frequency response, distortion, etc. for another day. But I do want to make some initial observations about the 1.7s' sound:

1) First, yes, they are audibly and substantially more coherent than previous Maggies-more of a piece top-to-bottom than the 1.6s, the 3.6s, and the 20.1s.

2) Yes, the addition of the super-tweeter has greatly improved the treble over that of the 1.6s-more air, more detail, more transient speed, more bloom. But, be aware, that played very very very very loudly (and I'm talking well above100dB+ SPL peaks) that tweeter can turn bright in the upper mids, although I'm not at all sure, at this point, whether this is a panel-excursion issue or an amplifier-running-out-of-steam issue. The quasi-ribbon bass is improved, too, in resolution and dynamics, although I wouldn't say it goes much deeper than that of the 1.6s (at least, not in my room)--quite solid and flat down into the 40s. I believe the bass panel can also be overdriven at very very very loud levels.

3) Yes, as I just implied, the 1.7s will play loudly more eagerly than the 1.6s, although they still may not be the ideal stadium rock speaker. More importantly from my point of view, they will also play more convincingly at low-to-moderate levels than the 1.6s (or any Maggie I've heard). Like their newfound coherence, this is a major departure from previous Maggies. While they sound progressively more room-fillingly realistic as you turn the volume up to a lifelike level, they do not sound anaemic dynamically at lower volumes nor do they seem short of bass or treble.

4) They image better than any Maggie I've ever heard. I assume this may be a side-benefit of the uniformity of drive, dispersion, and power-handling of the all-quasi-ribbon complement of drivers (and it may have something to do with the addition of the separate super tweeter, too), but the "mouth-as-big-as-a-bass drum" effect of many previous Maggies is...gone. While they still have lifelike size of image (at lifelike volumes), the focus of the images is VASTLY improved-almost to the level of something like the point-source Magico M5, which is a paragon of imaging.

5) Their soundstaging is simply the best I've heard from a dipole. With the right source (like The Tape Project's dub of Reference Recordings' Arnold Overtures-horrible music, great sound-or the superb Philips LP of Richard Rodney Bennett's terrific Piano Concerto), your jaw will drop when you hear the way these relatively demure panels fill the back third of your room with precisely layered, minutely detailed, incredibly deep, wall-bustingly wide sound.

6) They are considerably higher in resolution at low, moderate, and high SPLs than the 1.6s, from top to bottom. Though I wouldn't say they are as transparent to sources or as finely detailed as, oh, the Martin Logan CLXes (nothing is) or M5s, they are nonetheless very finely detailed and transparent. Save in the bottom octave or octave-and-a-half, you aren't going to miss much if anything with these little numbers.

7) They are intoxicatingly realistic. There is something about Maggies that simply sounds like the real thing, particularly in the midrange, particularly on voices. Maggies aren't the only speakers that have this supreme gift (Magicos have it, too-in spades--and so do CLXes). But some combination of neutrality, coherence, transient speed, image size, dispersion, dimensionality and bloom, and resolution of texture has always made Maggies sound more real than a large percentage of their competition. Here-with the right recordings, at the right levels-that realism (at least in the midband) is very nearly as close as I've come to the absolute sound in my listening room, and simply unmatched for a speaker at this price point (or, really, anything even remotely close to its price point).

The most comprehensive review of both the 30.7 and Magnepan 

Widescreen Review: Magnepan's Ultra High-End 30.7 Magneplanar Loudspeaker.

Read full review from Widescreen here. 

Then, the 1.7 became the 1.7i

In past model improvements, driver changes and factory retooling were extensive. It is rare when improvements can be made that are audible in a blind test and do not require a major investment. So, in view of this good fortune, Magnepan chose to pass on these small improvements rather than save them for a 1.8.

Will you be able to hear the difference between the 1.7 and 1.7i?
Yes, in a careful A-B test, but we don't do sales hype. No, it is not a 1.8. It is simply "trickle-down" ideas that were incorporated in the 3.7i

Please check availability of colours at time of ordering.

The trims offered across the Magnepan range are: Black or Silver matte aluminium & Cherry, Black or Oak timber shown below with Grey, Off-white or Black cloth:

Magnepan cloth fabric & trim options

 

Please select either:

The Aluminium trim: in Silver or Matte black (with deluxe cloth option in black, grey or off-white)

Timber trim: Natural Oak or Black timber trim  (with deluxe cloth option in black, grey or off-white)

Please advise your trim colour and cloth option at the checkout.

 

(Pictured Above: Silver aluminium with deluxe black cloth - also enlarged image is with the DWM subwoofer module available to purchase seperately here)

 

 

Bill's Amp Recommendations - it's a Match!

Good: NuPrime IDA-16 Integrated Amplifier 
Better: Elektra PNYX Tube PreAmp and Elektra Reference HD
Best: Linear Tube Audio MZ-2S Pre amp and Sanders Magtech Power Amplifier

 

1.7i Aluminium or Timber trim   MG1.7i Aluminium in black or silver with Deluxe cloth in black, Grey or Off-white
  MG1.7i Timber trim in Natural Oak or Black with Deluxe cloth in black, Grey or Off-white

OPTIONAL - Add a DWM? (Magnepan bass woofer panel - special package only price)   Magnepan DWM - Pair     + $2,700.00
  Magnepan DWM - Single     + $1,395.00

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