Originally Posted by DonH50
That comes down to your tastes so I couldn't say. I have MC-1's but as rears and surrounds; I prefer the larger Magnepans for mains. I really think you need to listen to them if at all possible. The Mirages will be much more similar to what you are used to hearing from speakers while the Maggies are likely to be a whole new experience.
You asked what I would do: I would save up for a pair of 1.7's, or look for a used pair of 1.6's. But, I have a lot of experience with Magnepan and prefer their sound. The only Mirages I have spent much time with are the older larger towers, and a Mirage setup I used for a couple of years but is now in storage (pair of OMD-5's, four Nanosats, center, and 10" sub -- they aren't bad but my Maggies plus Rythmik system blows them away, albeit at a much higher price point).
Thanks, again, Don. And I hope others will chime in here, too.
When I'm in my car, I listen to my music way too loud; when I'm at home, I rarely do so. We live in a townhome, so I can't crank it too much. I rarely turn my Yamaha R-V1105 beyond 25 or 30% (although I realize this also has to do with the loudness and impedance of the speakers, and the room size), and it's already seems quite loud enough. Also, our living room is open --i.e.,
it is combined with the dining room for a total of about 14 X 19½ feet, and only three walls (it opens up into the hallway and kitchen), and has wood floors.
The type of music I listen to is Rush, blues, and jazz. No metal. Bass is necessary for those Moog pedals and Neil's kick-drum, and mid and upper bass is essential for Geddy's bass guitar.
Also, the claims I've heard from others regarding both the Maggies and the Mirages that piano sounds like there's one right there in the room is really enticing. I remember that experience in 1986 when I walked into a hi-fi store on a Saturday and heard someone playing a grand piano. I walked all the way to the back of the showroom only to discover that it was a pair of Bang & Olufsen Penta speakers. I was 16 at the time, and believed that when I got older and had "arrived," I would have something like that.
Now, I'm 40, but I'm in law school and have three kids, ages 2½ through 15, so I'm limited on how much I can spend on hobbies. Hence, I can't spend the $$ on the bigger Maggies, and they'd be a little too obtrusive in size.
So, based solely on online research, I've eliminated the Infinity and Cabesse, and am down to the Mirage OMD-15s and the MC1s. Problem is, I will never be able to demo the Mirages (unless there's a "Magnolia" facility here in town -- I haven't looked). But there is a Magnepan dealer and, further, the Magnepan hdqts is just ten miles from my house. Assuming, arguendo,
I could demo both speakers, it would be at two different locations, probably on different days, and I would have no control over the room acoustics or source material. Indeed, it looks like I would have to go through the hassle of buying both ($1,000 each pair), and returning the loser.
One concern I have is whether I can properly integrate the MC1s with the subwoofer I have (a Velodyne VA-1210, which uses a front-facing 12" active woofer, and down-facing 12" passive radiator), to perform double duty (i.e.,
providing coverage up to 120Hz to compensate for the MC1s, whilst continuing to provide the 20-80HZ coverage). I've read through some of the many discussions in this and other forums about which subs to use with Maggies. As noted above, it's not in my budget at this time to go purchase additional stereo subs. Another reason for avoiding the purchase of two more subs is because I'm getting rid of larger speakers to make room, not to be replaced with even more speakers.
Another concern I have is whether the MC1s can properly integrate with my Athena AS-C1 center speaker
, a traditional cone transducer. I've read elsewhere in this owners' thread about difficulties integrating Maggies with cone-transducer centers.