Originally Posted by DigitalShaman
Whew I made it through just about this whole thread. I did skip over a few pages. I started reading it 3 weeks ago when I ordered a pair of .7s. These are my 3rd pair of Maggies. I bought my first pair, SMGa's around 1984. It was Michael Hedges Breakfast in the Field that sealed it for me. The sound of that recording was just stunning. After the SMGa's started to fail 12 years later I bought a pair of MGLR-1s. Recently one of my MGs started the delam rattle and instead of repairing I splurged for the .7s I wanted the 1.7s, but the WAF prevented that.
The break-in process has started and I'm already starting to hear the lower end open up. I'm running it as a 2.1 setup for music and HT. I have the speakers powered by an old Bryston 4b that I got for a steal and sent back to them for refurbish. They brought it back up to spec close to SST performance. I currently have a NAD 7100 preamp and am thinking updating to a modern AV pre is my next upgrade, though my Dayton Audio sub is also a weak link.
Once I take a picture and do some measuring I'll be back for some room treatment suggestions.
I've listened to the .7's at my local Magnepan dealer and they are impressive. Like you, I've owned maggies for lots of years starting with a pair of Tympani 1d's back in 1978. Others I've owned are MGIIIa's, 1c's, MG1.6's, MG1.7's and MMG's.
I'm wondering about the longevity of yours as you mentioned you had a couple that needed service at some point. None of my Magnepans has ever had any issues with needing service. I currently own a pair of 1.6's that I purchased in 2001 that are still working perfectly, along with 1.7's , a CC3 and a pair of MMG's all bought in 2010.
Main system: Thiel 3.6 L/R speakers, Pair of Velodyne F1500r subs, B&W HTM center, Emotiva and Polk RTi 28 surrounds, Integra DHC 9.9 pre/proc, Pair of Emotiva XPA-1's, Emotiva XPA-5, Threshold SA/4e, pair of Threshold S/200's, Oracle Delphi TT w Magnepan Unitrac 1 arm and Shure V15 - Vmr, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Oppo BDP 83 optical disc player, Threshold T2 preamp, Denon DR-M44HX cassette, Pioneer CLD-97 Laserdisc. LG PF1500 led projector,Elite 100"tab tension-ed motorized screen.