Originally Posted by kmiller15211
I'm currently running an all Definitive Technology 7.1 setup (BP-2000TL, CLR 3000, BP-VX wides, some low level DT surrounds) with an Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver ($1K about 6 years ago) and a top of the line EPIC subwoofer (RIP). My room is large 22x23, and my current setup sounds pretty good to my ears. I listen to 95% movies - not much music.
I have a million questions, but here's just a few:
1. It stands to reason that Maggies would be fantastic for movies as well - is everyone in agreement on that? I'm going to hear a demo before buying, but I was worried that it would not be the spectacle that box speakers may be. I don't need the loud volumes as much as that full enveloping soundstage.
2. If I were to buy the CC5 and was later able to afford the 3.7, would those not pair well? In other words, if I have any possibility of getting the the 3.7s, do I need to go CCR now?
3. It sounds like most don't like the Maggie recommended center channel set up with the bass being diverted to the L and R speakers - if I go CCR or CC5, is the DWM/stand a must to avoid that?
4. Would the 1.7s be enough in my size room (22 x 23)? Or would I need the 3.7 to really fill it out?
5. Any thoughts on how the maggies might fit in with my existing setup? At this cost point, there's no way that I'll be able to upgrade everything at once, so this is where I was starting. Is this a good plan?
Basically, for anyone who is where I'm at - how would you proceed with upgrading, with an eye towards home theater use?
Thank you in advance for any assistance that you can provide.
1. Personally, I think the Maggies are not the best system for home theater use, but hey, that's just me. Maggies are renown for stage presentation and realism for music. I even chose Maggies over the 16 grand Martin Logan Summits. However, Maggies cost a lot of money, which I feel is wasted on movies where the most impressive feature in those movies is LFE content. A great subwoofer (or two) and some quality bookshelf speakers will give you what you need.
Obviously, I have Maggies (3.6), but only for a dedicated 2.1 music system. For movies, I chose a very inexpensive front stage ($338 for 3 identical speakers) to use with a powerful subwoofer (haven't purchased the rears as yet). It's impressive in my rather open 3,400 cu. ft. room. I never even considered going with a 5.1 Maggie system for the reasons I already stated.
2. Maggies put out a huge soundstage and a wider sweet spot that I was led to believe (far wider than the Martin Logans). It could be that a phantom center would do well for you, at least initially, but you'd need to be the judge.
3. I can't answer that specific question (don't own any center channel). You need a dedicated subwoofer(s) to fill that room.
4. I think the 1.7s would be great for the front speakers, and perhaps the MC-1s for the rear. I could never think about spending a lot of money for rear speakers. But again, perhaps that is just me.
5. You might want to look at the last paragraph on the second page of this Magnepan 3.6 review by Andrew Robinson. Why a review on an older model? It's still applicable to the 3.7s (or any Maggie) and talks about integrating Def Tech speakers for the rears: http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-lo...dspeakers.html