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Magnepans in small room

Hi All,
I have the 1.7 Maggies and am required to move my rig to a smaller room -- 11 feet wide.
Actually, one side is open and the other is a wall.
Question is, should I sell the Maggies and get a more conventional speaker, or will the Maggies be ok with just about 5 feet separating them?
Thanks for helping me think this through.
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An open wall is likely to mess with the sound of any pair of speakers.

The rule of thumb is for the distance from each speaker to the listener to be the same as the distance between them (an equilateral triangle). If they are 5' apart, say 7' center-to-center, and you are sitting about 7' away or so then you should be OK.

You need about 3' behind them, however, unless you treat the wall behind to damp the back wave.

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Hi All,
I have the 1.7 Maggies and am required to move my rig to a smaller room -- 11 feet wide.
Actually, one side is open and the other is a wall.
Question is, should I sell the Maggies and get a more conventional speaker, or will the Maggies be ok with just about 5 feet separating them?
Thanks for helping me think this through.
Best
S
Those are great speakers, so I would try everything I can before rejecting them.

They will probably work fine if your listening position is not too far away from them.
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An open wall is likely to mess with the sound of any pair of speakers.

The rule of thumb is for the distance from each speaker to the listener to be the same as the distance between them (an equilateral triangle). If they are 5' apart, say 7' center-to-center, and you are sitting about 7' away or so then you should be OK.

You need about 3' behind them, however, unless you treat the wall behind to damp the back wave.
Many thanks -- I've got the space behind. Stuck with the one open side though... I guess I'll hold on to the Maggies and see how they do.
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Those are great speakers, so I would try everything I can before rejecting them.

They will probably work fine if your listening position is not too far away from them.
To Commsysman: Thanks. I'm going to try them out in the new configuration. Still in shock at having to move them...
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You need about 3' behind them, however, unless you treat the wall behind to damp the back wave.

I've found that not to be the case. I have mine a foot away from a wall and I honestly can't tell the difference.
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I'd suggest keeping the one Maggie as far away from the corner as you can. I have the same kind of room with one speaker ten feet or so away from the right wall and just under 3 feet from the left wall and only occasionally can I notice that the left speaker seems a little stronger/louder than the right one.
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I've found that not to be the case. I have mine a foot away from a wall and I honestly can't tell the difference.
If the wall behind is not treated then comb filter effects exist. Those are peaks and valleys in the frequency response. You might not notice them nearly as much if the speakers are symmetric so the effect is the same in both, but it's there. It bothers me, but maybe more because I know it's there (and can hear and measure it) than because it is truly all that bad. As I have said before, in the end all that matters is how they sound to you, not some faceless, nameless Internet bum.

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.... not some faceless, nameless Internet bum.
Hey, I resemble that remark!
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