Originally Posted by dsrussell
Well? What's the verdict??
The boxes for the 2.7s were fine on the outside. The seller wasnt kidding when he said they were packed better than factory's. They are not new but you will only find out if you are 2 inches away . Look like brand new from where I am sitting. I expected worse. There is a bump (half an inch) on the back wood panel, but you cant see it.
Took me 5 minutes to attach the feet and connect them. The first impression was disappointing and exhilarating at the same time. I am used to the Polk LSiM 703s perfect tweeters. The Maggies dont have that - either because of the age or that is their design. Not to worry - I bumped up treble in Pioneer MCACC and that problem went away. Then I noticed another thing. These tracks I've listened to a thousand times, so I can recall how volume should be dialed for each one of them. With the Maggies I have to increase it by 5-10dB to get the same perceived SPL. Also no biggie, -30dB instead of -40 on the AVR! Who cares?
Third disadvantage - and this one is more serious - is that these Maggies become shy at low volume, just a bit. What I mean by that is that the LSiMs maintained their composure perfectly at any volume with the Emotiva. Lower the volume to -70 and imaging, soundstage, treble, upper bass - they are all there. But Maggies kind of hide all of those if volume below -50. You have to bump it up to at least -30 until they sound perfect. But there is a possibility it is my old hearing.
I found no problem with off axis collapse. Sounds great in any part of the room.
When those three things were out of the way, I could finally sit down and give these Maggies a good listen.
These speakers are all about natural sound. they dont reproduce a concert, they reincarnate it in its original glory. You have to remember we are talking more than 700 square inches of radiative surface, and it radiates on both sides, front and back. Now compare that to the LSiMs dont know how many square inches but its gotta be 20-30. Tweeters alone on the MAggies are bigger and more natural than the entire surface of the LSiM 707s! So, the image is huge, gigantic! The music isnt produced by tiny oompa loompas sitting in a small LSiM box. It is alive scene with live artists. You can position each instrument with a precision of a few inches. Basically it is a sonic equivalent of jumping from a 27 inch tube television straight to a 100 inch projection screen. Wall to wall music.
The details are amazing. Sakamoto concert , I can hear him flipping piano keyboard cover and squeaking of his seat. Never heard that with LSiMs. Uncanny!
There is no bass other than upper and midbass, but all I care about is solid midrange, imaging and soundstage. And there is plenty of that for sure.
They are close to wall - I noticed no difference if I positioned them far from the wall.