Originally Posted by KidHorn
I'm a huge magnepan fan too...I think the lower end maggies are the best buy in speakers out there.
you have no "debate" from me!
that's what happened to me in '82, when I listened to baby MG-I's, I had no doubt which speaker I was taking home. sometime later in the 80's, I tried large Acoustic Research towers for my beginning attempts at home video sound. Paid 3 x more than the Maggies, ~$1500 in 80's dollars - they were terrible! Worst speakers I ever owned - very harsh, flat sound, zero depth & zero imaging. AR should have been ashamed. The only thing they could do is humongous bass with 2-12" woofers! More than some subs
But in every other aspect, they sucked! I sold them @ a garage sale for $100 and was glad to be rid of them. That taught me a valuable lesson about speakers & why I am so adamant about their importance to good sound.
recently, I went to local dealer to demo the CCR center & the new 3.7's (I have 3.6's & CC3). While I was waiting for the owner to setup the demo, I listened to the top Vandersteens. At the time, I had no idea what they cost, figured maybe $12-15K tops. Came home, looked them up on the 'net and to my shock they are $48000
no way I would have guessed they cost that much for the sound I heard. to me, the maggies blew them away at a "mere" $4000
for some, the vandies would be wonderful speakers.
think this thread has served its purpose for the OP so adios