Originally Posted by robertawillisjr
Do you think you will upgrade to the 1.7 or beyond?
The answer to your question is a resounding "Yes"
I went to Audio Connection in Verona, NJ, calling ahead to see if they had the MG12s. I figured that they're reasonably close in design to the MMGs, so I could compare them to the 1.7's.
The 1.7's were already set up when I got there. Ten minutes of listening told me all I needed to know: Those are spectacular speakers! John Rutan is the owner and he's been in the business a long time, so I did him the courtesy of telling him there was no need to set up the 12s, the sale was already made, but asked if he had the time for me to do some more listening. He said, "all the time you'd like." I should mention that he had a young man assisting him, by the name of Samir, who was very polite and helpful.
The soundstaging and solidity that those speakers project are just amazing. The depth of the image was palpable. I could never get the image height of the MMGs correct, partly from their tilt, partly from floor bounce, partly because my room needs acoustic alterations still to be determined, I dunno...I tried and tried at home, but I just couldn't get them right. Let me tell you, the 1.7's have it. I listened to a variety of small ensembles, and they had them nailed
The MMGs also had that "vertical blind" effect. Moving left to right, even by inches, their sound kept changing. The big guys were consistant. I got up, walked around, and that image stayed much more solid. I assume it's due to the supertweeter section having wider dispersion as a line source.
The timbre was also more consistent, up and down the scale. It seemed seamless. Transients were beautifully crisp, from cymbals to snares to plucked strings. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I love Maggie bass. That's what sold me originally on the IIB's. Listening to the Sheffield Drum record, 30 years ago at Lyric Hifi in NYC, the cleanness of the bass was heads above the other speakers I was considering. It's not the quantity, it's the quality
In addition to the music that John Rutan played, these are some of the recordings I brought:
Alicia De Larrocha, the Goyescas
by Granados, and Alberia
Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening, Pleasures Of Their Company
The Manhattan Transfer, Birdland
and Boy from New York City
Cleo Laine, Live at Carnegie Hall, Music
, (by Carole King)
Amanda McBroom (of course), Growing up in Hollywood Town
Angela Bofill, Under the Moon and Over the Sky
Kenny Rankin (live), Haven't We Met
The Philadelphia Orchestra (Ormandy), The Russian Easter Overture
Itzak Perlman, Jorge Bolet & the Juilliard SQ, Sicillienne
from the Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet
Steely Dan, Babylon Sisters
My personal budget may be wrecked for the year, but I will be such a happy camper! I'm not into black monoliths, so I ordered them in off-white with natural oak side rails, which was an upcharge of $150. Visually, they'll blend into the room better and I plan on having them for 30 years. It'll be worth the $5/yr.
BTW, when I called Magnepan for an RA for the MMG's, I was bemoaning the fact that I'd be Maggie-less in the interim between sending back the MMGs and when I receive the 1.7's at the end of the month. They said not to worry about it, keep the little guys until the big guys arrive. What a great company!Edited by Metaphysician - 8/18/12 at 5:39pm