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I would go for a turn-key solution like Spatial...Personally, I would get the smallest cheapest ones. The effort and cost involved in trying to reach Stygian depths and volume with any OB (planar or DD) isn't worth it...Just cross to sealed subs below 40Hz.
Group,Have any of you had a chance to compare Magnepans ( I have the 1.7s) to Pure Audio Project or Spatials? I've not heard OB speakers before but look interesting.Thanks!
One week isn't very long, are you certain the Spatial's broken in?
Well that is interesting. I have the latest incarnation of the Turbo S version so I can't comment of previous versions. Without hearing the Maggies, I might be inclined to agree with you on resolution and clarity as ribbons typically excel in that area; but when it comes to dynamics, compression drivers / high efficiency always trumps low efficiency in that regard. Of course the standard disclaimer applies... YMMVIMO every speaker benefits from having the best possible electronics upstream. Back in the late seventies I heard a tiny pair of Szabo speakers ($200) driven with a Michelson and Austin TVA-1 and was completely amazed at how Stravinsky's Firebird Suite sounded thru them with that amp.
I own Magnepan 1.6's and had the non turbo M3 Spatials with the older crossover for 1 week. My electronics are a Pass X250 amp. BAT VK51se preamp and Luxman DA-06 DAC. My son and I plus a couple of friends thought that the 1.6's sounded much better in almost every way. The Maggies were much more musical and dynamic sounding. Resolution and clarity was better with the Maggies. The Spatials had a little more air and transparency with slightly better imaging though. The Maggies had a deeper and fuller sound stage with better bass.I really wanted to love the Spatials but it would have been a step down. I did like them though. I would love to hear the newer turbo Spatials with the newer crossover though.Ok Spatial fans, let my bashing begin
I've not heard the Spatials so my opinion is somewhat suspect. But I owned several other dynamic dipole speakers for many years, and also owned and directly compared Maggie 1.7s to those speakers.Your experience is pretty much the direct opposite of what I found.All of the DD dipoles I've compared sounded more transparent, dynamic, and had better bass than the Maggies.The Maggies were perhaps a little more coherent, and as true dipoles a little airier in the treble than DD OB speakers which become monopole above 2K or so unless the baffle width is narrowed.Both were equally 'musical' as that is the essence of OB sound.I've also owned other panel speakers (Martin-Logan CLS and various Apogees) and the only ones which made me ponder the DD OBs were the Apogee Duettas. They, alas, have their own issues.Assuming the Spatials are as good as their pundits say, and I have no reason to believe they don't given every well-designed DD OB I have heard shares a common sound, it just goes to show just how subjective such things are.Mind you, there are also many people who hate the sound of open baffle speakers and choose to spend thousands on vastly over-engineered boxes, so who knows?
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