Originally Posted by Keith944T
Don't know if you guys heard, but the new Maggie Center is being "Soft Introduced" It has a ribbon tweeter and works like a 20.1.
You know what that means, probably sounds great.... BUT $$$$$$.
$3000 in black $3400 with Cherry finish.
The manual for the new "CCR" is on the Magnepan web site.
Thanks, Keith. I stand corrected given that Magnepan has after all released a new speaker, a CCR no less. However, I seriously doubt they will sell many of these. Admittedly, I haven't heard the new CCR. Based on specs alone and set-up instructions in the manual, CCR will be a tough sell.
It uses quasi ribbon midgrange, unlike CC3 that has regular mylar bass/midrange panel. Consequently, the frequency response is only 200 Hz at +/- 4 dB. That is puny. Hence, the elaborate set-up described in the manual that requires instructing your pre/pro that there is no sub at all. I would never want to set up my HT in this manner, as I believe that .1 LFE channnel should always to go to the sub and nowhere else.
The manual also mentions that CCR should be used with yet to be released mythical bass/midrange panel that can also serve as the stand for CCR. It is an implicit admission that CCR alone cannot possibly cut it as center channel. Perhaps, with the addition of bass panel, CCR could be used as conventional center channel that does not require unorthodox HT set-up.
As a final note, a curved true ribbon is a tall order to manufacture. There are very few manufacturers that make ribbon speakers to start with, and not one that makes a curved ribbon. Most manufacturers would resort to combining a bunch of smaller flat ribbons to create a wide dispersion curved surface if needed. Magnepan went the other way, and created a true curved ribbon. It remains to be seen how reliable this design will be in the long run.
Overall, given the small size, use of quasi ribbon driver for midrange, cut of frequency of 200 Hz, the need for quirky HT set-up (by blending front L and R speakers in full range), and very high price, I hereby predict that CCR will be a flop.