Originally Posted by Nethawk
Magnepans have always fascinated me. Some day maybe...
Maggies are very very musical. I owned several pairs, but never with a center channel.
I had Magnepan MG 3A's using some Big Monoblocks on them. They are extremely good for music, and image all over the place. However, on speech (movies and TV) you could hear the effects of the room, because they are dipoles. I also owned B&W 801's at the time (outstanding for speech)
The Magnepans in my room could not unseat the B&W 801's for movies and TV Watching.
Once you have heard speech reproduced properly, you will never forget it. The British are Anal about speech reproduction, and it has rubbed off on me.
Since Movies are nearly 95 percent speech, I think speech reproduction is THE most important thing to look for in a speaker used for both music and Movies/TV
My room has paneling made of thin wood. The Magnepans excited the wood paneling, because they are dipoles. In YOUR room, they may be fine.
I find the Magnepan Midrange to be excellent, in most of their speakers, rivaling the B&W 801, and actually beating it, in some aspects of midrange reproduction.