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In mid-April, I received my MG 3.7's and two DWM bass panels. I have had a chance to break them in and make some observations. First of all, the 3.7i's sound great, better than my original 3.0's, better than my Dunleavy Mark IV's, and better than my Dynaudio Focus, which they replaced.
I have been driving the 3.7's with a MC300 amp, and the bass panels with a Crown XLS2000 digital amp. I should preface this by saying the speakers are located in a reasonably large room (25 x 15), with plenty of damping material (heavy carpeting, plush furniture, drapes, etc.) I was surprised at the amount of power required to get the sound close to what I experience in live classical performances. The MC300's clipping lights flash on occasionally, depending on the type of music (full orchestra, pipe organ, etc.). The maggies can clearly be driven more, but I will not exceed the capabilities of my amp. I am considering either 1- purchasing the MC452, or 2- getting a second MC300 and making two monoblocks. The latter is far more cost effective, but the former would allow me to use the 452 just for the 3.7's, and the MC300 for the DWMs. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
On the sound: I listen primarily to classical, and the soundstage, imaging, and accuracy allows me to place individual instruments in a "virtual" center orchestra seat at a concert hall. I've never experienced anything this good, period. I cannot compare the 3.7i's to the original 3.7's, since no store in my area had the two to compare. One other thing to note is that solo grand piano has been difficult to get right, no matter what speaker I've auditioned. The 3.7's get it right -- the "attack" of the hammers on the strings is so fast and accurate, it sounds like a concert grand is in my living room. Whatever Magnepan has been up to since I owned the original 3's, they certainly got it right.
Jazz and vocals are also impressive, and if anything, show the limitations of the original master recordings. It is now time to either begin downloading high-def recordings or dig out my large LP collection, perhaps both.
I would be happy to answer any questions for those considering buying these magnificent speakers, and no, I don't work for the company.