Originally Posted by graphicguy
To me, that's a "kludgy" solution made as a response to their inability to produce frequencies under 100Hz (or, in this case, 200Hz)
+1 to this & the rest of your post
That's why I ignored all of this new approach in my setup
First, I have 3.6's, which have response to the mid-30's and the center pretty much rolls off < 100. Second, I'm of the opinion that the sub can be made to integrate with Maggies but it does take care. Third, even though I'm as much of an upgrade speaker fan as the next guy, I'd take the slight mismatch of the older center's quasi-ribbon tweeter with the ribbon tweeters, rather than deal with the complex mess of Y splitters & hi-pass connections and fooling around with crossovers, just for the privilege of having a ribbon tweeter center.
They've managed to take what is a simple, elegant design with outstanding soundstage & imaging and turn it into a very complicated setup to get around the limitations of their new centers. Their smaller panels used mostly for surround are good to 80 due to wall reinforcement and blend in beautifully with the 1.6's & 3.6's for a seamless soundfield. Why they did so much tradeoffs for the new centers is a mystery. The purists who wanted matched ribbons are probably mostly 2 ch guys anyway. If you follow Magnepan's new way, you'd need the CC5 at ~$2-2.5K + $1K for the woofer panel + still have to deal with Y splitters & sub crossovers + make room for the woofer panel stand
Too much $$ & work for me
The woofer stand idea is interesting. They have a standalone model or one that's a stand for the center - that's a smart idea.
I'm quite happy with my front room dividers
(thanks ccotenj) but I use their 80Hz MG1's for surrounds and their "80Hz" CC3 so my life is not as complicated as purdy's.
'nuff 'bout Maggie...purdy should call Magnepan for advice & try their approach, get a different AVR w/ indep. Xovers, or look for a used maggie CC3 on Audiogon
Speaking about complicated, Magnepan has come up with their Tri-Center concept which even Roger Dressler says is awesome! BUT, it's takes 3 speakers to make up the "center channel" plus the woofer panel
wait until they design heights