Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Zelienople, north of Pittsburgh
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My living/listening/movie room is 14' x 20'.
I don't think the MMG's or MMG w's (even though I have no experience with W's, just from looking at size) will get you were you want to be. The window is too small.
The overall stage and imagery presented by the 1.6's well surpasses the MMG's. Look for a used pair of 1.6's near you. They are selling for around $1000 in most places. If they don't work as well as you like, you can sell them and you'll get your money back quickly and easily. Shipping these guys can get pricey, so look locally. Also, that way you can hear them before you buy. You'll also need an SUV or station wagon, they are about 5'6" in their boxes. You can PM me if you have any interest in doing this, I've done it twice this year. I ran my 1.6's with a Rotel 1080, I believe rated at 200 wpc, until I got my Rogue monoblocks, then I switched to them. They were plenty loud, but not the best sound. The Rotel sounded louder overall, but the midrange and bass is stronger with the tubes. I run my MMG's with a 105 WPC BK ampifier.
However, I'm not sure 24" behind the panels is enough for good sound. 36" seems to be the minimum. I was surprised at the bass I got out of my MMG's in the basement once I moved them down there. I use the same amp I was using when they were upstairs, they are now about 6 feet from the wall, wow! big bass (for these little maggies)
I noticed a similar improvement when I moved the 1.6's further from the wall upstairs ( I could only muster 5 feet) Now, oddly, the 3.6's don't seem to care, as long as they are 3 feet from the rear wall. Could just be I hit the limit of the speaker size to the room. I also noticed te imaging of the 1.6's was better placed parrallel to the rear wall. The 3.6's want a slight angle, focused on the sweet spot listening position.