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My center speaker died and wanted thoughts if anyone thinks this would match ok with my 3.7i's for a center speaker... I would add the ribbon upgrade to it..

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...n/horizon.html

As others have mentioned, the best center channel speaker to use with Magnepan mains is a Magnepan center channel. I used to use an Infinity IL 36c center channel speaker with my Maggie 1.6's and 1.7's. That Infinity was a substantial three way speaker with ceramic drivers, that worked very nicely. However, when I switched to a Magnepan CC3 center, the improvement was dramatic. The Magnepan center blends so much better with the Magnepan mains.

What happened to your CC5? That couldn't have been very old.
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Boston Acoustics VR12, is an excellent budget center speaker, that I have used with 1.6 Maggies, and compared directly with Revel center speakers.

Used ones turn up regularly on Ebay for $80 - $250.
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Take the plunge

It has been a while since I posted anything on the forum. About a year ago I fell in love with a pair of 3.7i, but was about $4,000 shy of a purchase. I don't go into debt.

Recently I had a few dimes roll my way and as today (Monday) is a holiday, tomorrow I'll get the ball rolling. Last time I called my local Magnepan dealer and left a message he never returned my call. Maybe he thinks I'm not serious or ready to buy? I'll give him one more try, next closest dealer is 200 miles away, across a state line, and PA sales tax on $6,000 would be an additional ~$420.

I'm very willing to buy local, pay the sales tax have them deliver and set up my speakers, I'm just not willing to be treated like schyte by anyone for a $6,500 speaker purchase.

I have white walls, a long back wall with 120" wide of floor length white curtains. In theory white speakers would be invisible in front of the curtains. The walls are actually "eggshell" in color, the HT 90% black out curtains are "linen" in color, adding a third "off-white" that does not match either of the other two could clash. So I am ordering black speaker fabric. Better to contrast than near miss. Listening room is 14' x 22' with 8' ceilings. I'll start off with speakers 10' apart, 3.5'-4' away from the back wall. Toed in facing me.

Fabric options-
Off-white, black and dark grey.

Trim options-
(Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry.
(Aluminum) Silver, black, or gloss red.

I like almost all the trim options except the silver anodized aluminum, the red looks sharp if not "loud", I suspect I'll end up with dark cherry wood trim. The black trim on black fabric is also interesting to me.

I'll commit to a pair of 3.7i, but I also have some interest in a pair of DWM bass panels ($800 each), but I would not want to commit to them without listening to them in my house first. Hence my strong interest in my local dealer. I don't know that I'd be $1,600 happier with an added pair of DMW? The 3.7i are often presented/auditioned with a pair of DMWs. My amp is set up for 2 pair speakers.

Lord willing I will have the speakers paid for and ordered this week, then it will take how long the get the speakers here?

Power amp will be my recently refreshed Yamaha M2 Power amp (350W/ch at 4 ohms). I'll use my Oppo 105D as my DAC and pre amp. I have a Yamaha C4 pre amp, recently refreshed and tuned up but so far I've been OK using the Oppo DAC as both source and pre-amp (and it has a remote for volume and picking songs).

I have my CD collection in flac format, about 64,000 "tracks/songs" on a 1TB UBS drive which plugs into the back of the Oppo. I do have a TV and in theory I have a home theater but I am far less interested in HT than I am in my music. That could change, who knows?

Speaker wire is short, 5' of 12 gage monoprice "lamp cord" per side.

I know that we have other list members in Pittsburgh, when I get things hooked up I'll be inviting folks over for a look-see-listen.

I mentioned before that when I auditioned the 1.7i the temptation was to keep turning them up; in contrast with the 3.7i I found my self repeatedly turning the volume down. I could get all the presence and authority and nuance I was looking for at very reasonable listening levels. I'm guessing for now my 350w/ch will have to suffice.

Any last minute advise?

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It has been a while since I posted anything on the forum. About a year ago I fell in love with a pair of 3.7i, but was about $4,000 shy of a purchase. I don't go into debt.

Recently I had a few dimes roll my way and as today (Monday) is a holiday, tomorrow I'll get the ball rolling. Last time I called my local Magnepan dealer and left a message he never returned my call. Maybe he thinks I'm not serious or ready to buy? I'll give him one more try, next closest dealer is 200 miles away, across a state line, and PA sales tax on $6,000 would be an additional ~$420.

I'm very willing to buy local, pay the sales tax have them deliver and set up my speakers, I'm just not willing to be treated like schyte by anyone for a $6,500 speaker purchase.

I have white walls, a long back wall with 120" wide of floor length white curtains. In theory white speakers would be invisible in front of the curtains. The walls are actually "eggshell" in color, the HT 90% black out curtains are "linen" in color, adding a third "off-white" that does not match either of the other two could clash. So I am ordering black speaker fabric. Better to contrast than near miss. Listening room is 14' x 22' with 8' ceilings. I'll start off with speakers 10' apart, 3.5'-4' away from the back wall. Toed in facing me.

Fabric options-
Off-white, black and dark grey.

Trim options-
(Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry.
(Aluminum) Silver, black, or gloss red.

I like almost all the trim options except the silver anodized aluminum, the red looks sharp if not "loud", I suspect I'll end up with dark cherry wood trim. The black trim on black fabric is also interesting to me.

I'll commit to a pair of 3.7i, but I also have some interest in a pair of DWM bass panels ($800 each), but I would not want to commit to them without listening to them in my house first. Hence my strong interest in my local dealer. I don't know that I'd be $1,600 happier with an added pair of DMW? The 3.7i are often presented/auditioned with a pair of DMWs. My amp is set up for 2 pair speakers.

Lord willing I will have the speakers paid for and ordered this week, then it will take how long the get the speakers here?

Power amp will be my recently refreshed Yamaha M2 Power amp (350W/ch at 4 ohms). I'll use my Oppo 105D as my DAC and pre amp. I have a Yamaha C4 pre amp, recently refreshed and tuned up but so far I've been OK using the Oppo DAC as both source and pre-amp (and it has a remote for volume and picking songs).

I have my CD collection in flac format, about 64,000 "tracks/songs" on a 1TB UBS drive which plugs into the back of the Oppo. I do have a TV and in theory I have a home theater but I am far less interested in HT than I am in my music. That could change, who knows?

Speaker wire is short, 5' of 12 gage monoprice "lamp cord" per side.

I know that we have other list members in Pittsburgh, when I get things hooked up I'll be inviting folks over for a look-see-listen.

I mentioned before that when I auditioned the 1.7i the temptation was to keep turning them up; in contrast with the 3.7i I found my self repeatedly turning the volume down. I could get all the presence and authority and nuance I was looking for at very reasonable listening levels. I'm guessing for now my 350w/ch will have to suffice.

Any last minute advise?
I have 3.6 black speakers with black wood. I built a white cabinet for components, a center CCR speaker (black fabric), and as a platform to
raise the 65" LG OLED to the same height as the speakers. Since the screen is black and the speakers are black, having them at the same height makes it a single unit wrapping around the white cabinet. It also tames the large OLED screen. The black and white theme looks very sharp. I have light colored fabric on the surround speakers including two 1.7 speakers as sides and two wall mounted MC1 rear speakers. These disappear into the wall color. Behind the 3.6 front speakers, I made acoustic treatment panels of Owens Corning solid insulation panels and covered them with Magnepan light fabric, which also blends into the wall color. If you are not including a black TV screen, I suggest the light fabric all around. It does tend to disappear into the wall color. I would send pics if I were home. I have had good luck buying used Magenpan speakers, especially if you can pick them up. They seem to be well cared for. I think sending a complaint email to Magnepan regarding the dealer will get quick results.
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KMiller posted a very long and helpful letter about his experience with DWMs and his 3.7i used together in the same room. I think he talked me out of a pair of DWMs. (thank you)

A lot of maggie owners seem to like pairing them with Rhythmik subs. My main interest is music reproduction not home theater, I don't need to back nails out all over my house, or reproduce the sound of depth charges. A moderate amount of accurate bass would be just fine thank you.

Rhythmik subs are self powered?

Any specific model recommendations?

oneartist was kind enough to make some trim suggestions, I've enclosed two photos of my TV/stereo to give a better image of what I have now.

RE domestic Cats and Magnepan speakers, I have a very well behaved service dog named Christopher whom I love but if any cat scratched my magnepans I'd call Agway for a extra heavy duty cattle prod. (Peace)

Thank you.
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