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This is a premium Magnepan Planar Magnetic Loudspeaker design...it results in a dynamic force of musical enjoyment. This Maggies magical ability is to transport you to a different space and time...
20.7 Value at the extremes
It had a modest beginning with the 1.7. ("Okay, that worked. Now, let's try it with the 3.7.") New ideas don't necessarily have to start from the top and trickle down. In the case of the 20.7, it was "trickle-up".
The Maggie 3.7 continues the tradition established by the venerable 3.6. The Absolute Sound reviewer Jacob Heilbrunn owned 20.1s for 10 years and went on the record to assert that the new 20.7 is the rightful heir to the 20.1.
Perhaps you have owned Maggies for many years. Are you considering something even better? Typically, you are not rich--nor do you care about status. The music is what it is all about--and your older Maggies have served you well. Now you have the means to consider what you have always dreamed about.
But, is there value at these prices? We are like you. We are middle-income and frugal. The price of a 3.7 seems like A LOT of money. We can't relate to some of the equipment in Stereophile or The Absolute Sound. We would prefer to buy a new house for that kind of money. So, what is the justification for a speaker as expensive as the 20.7? Good question.
How do you go about making buying decisions? Information on the Internet is readily available, but the opportunity to experience many high-end products has become increasingly more difficult, including the Magnepan range.
All of us will have to get more creative.
We have an additional proposal.
Audiophiles intending to buy speakers at these price points will often travel to a regional audio show before making such a large purchase. We suggest one more trip.
Call us to arrange a visit to Mcleans in East Gosford. We will play you the MG20.7 with similar electronics to the system that so impressed Jacob Heilbrunn.
The round trip time and expenses will seem like a steal in comparison to the many thousands of dollars that you will save. As Jacob Heilbrunn wrote in his review --
"I defy you to find [a speaker] at up to five times the cost with the scale and realism of the 20.7."
And as Dick Olsher of Stereophile magazine asserts:
The impossible problem for a conventional speaker, then, is this: how to convince you it's a grand piano when the instrument's full acoustic power is being squeezed through an 8" woofer. When I close my eyes and try to conjure up an image size, a planar speaker reproduces piano, double-bass, cello and human voice with much more spatial conviction than is possible with a conventional dynamic speaker. It's true--a planar makes a recorded piano sound more like a real piano.
(Magneplanar MG-20 Review, Side Bar in Stereophile, Page 8, February, 1995)
Description 3-Way /True Ribbon Tweeter - Quasi-Ribbon Midrange and Bass
Freq. Resp. 25-40 kHz
Rec Power Read Frequently Asked Questions
Sensitivity 86dB/500Hz /2.83v
Impedance 4 Ohm
Dimensions 29 x 79x 2.062
2021 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $10,000 – $20,000USD - The Absolute Sound
"These Maggies’ magical ability to transport listeners to a different space and time, and to their realistically recreate (with lifelike scope and size) the sound of acoustic instruments and the venue they were recorded in is extraordinary. It almost goes without saying (since these are Magnepans), but the 20.7s are also incredibly good value, although you’re going to have to bring a lot of power to this party, and you’re going to need a good deal of room to house two speakers the size and width of a couple of NFL linebackers."
20.7 - 2014 “Product of the Year”
The Absolute Sound magazine, January 2015
Magnepan 20.7 Loudspeaker - The Absolute Sound
“…fully competitive with some of the most expensive loudspeakers on the planet, for a fraction of the cost.”
Jonathon Valin, of the Absolute Sound magazine, is known as a demanding reviewer of super-expensive speakers. He said in his blog on the (no longer active) AVguide.com --
"The listeners for whom the 20.7s are ideal for whom Magneplanars have always been ideal are absolute sound types. This Maggies magical ability to transport you to a different space and time and to there realistically recreate (with lifelike scope and size) the sound of actual acoustic instruments is extraordinary and, of course, the very definition of the absolute sound. Indeed, the 20.7s come as close to achieving Harry Pearsons goal of reproducing the sound of real instruments in real space as any speaker I've heard. I love 'em, but then I've loved and owned more Magneplanar speakers than those from any other manufacturer.
If the sound absolute is what you crave (and you can live with the 20.7s sundry demands and peculiarities), Magnepans new flagships earn my highest and warmest recommendation. It almost goes without saying (since these are Maggies), but the 20.7s are also incredibly good values. Now hie thee forth and give them a long listen, and see if you don't fall in love with them too."
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