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For anyone who hasn't heard, there's now a successor to the MMG -- the all-quasi ribbon LRS:I'm curious if they still use an asymmetric "tuning buttons" on these like the previous versions? That would be my only caveat with the LRS. From the pics I have scrutinized I cannot quite tell for sure. Never really understoodwhy that was deemed necessary. Something about distributed tuning. Although they certainly don't sound asymmetrical that I have ever heard. Just knowing that they are is ever so slightly bothersome.
For anyone who hasn't heard, there's now a successor to the MMG -- the all-quasi ribbon LRS:http://www.magnepan.com/model_LRS
THEN the post from Emsquare: ""I'm curious if they still use an asymmetric "tuning buttons" on these like the previous versions? That would be my only caveat with the LRS. From the pics I have scrutinized I cannot quite tell for sure. Never really understoodwhy that was deemed necessary. Something about distributed tuning. Although they certainly don't sound asymmetrical that I have ever heard. Just knowing that they are is ever so slightly bothersome."I am absolutely certain the second part is NOT a quote from Josh358 ... But is what I am responding to 'AS IF" Emsquare wrote it himself:I knew a co worker who, after buying his first stereo with help from several coworker audiophiles... Decided he could NOT possibly continue to use the amp we all helped him select... since it INVERTED the signal. It bothered him no end. that it did so, an he felt it was 'wrong'. No matter what. I guess having precise tuning devices is in the same category. For what it's worth. 20 to 1 says YES the new speaker from Magnepan has them too. So forget buying them.
Heh, yes, judging from my picture, they do -- two buttons on the right and I think one on the left.The problem is that the MMG diaphragm is small, so they split the acoustic equalization between the two sides. Since it affects mostly frequencies that are non-directional in a listening room, it shouldn't interfere with imaging.However, it seems to me that if bass frequencies are off to the left or the right, you'll get uneven frequency response because you'll only be using one of the woofers.A lot of bass is mono, particularly on LP's, but it isn't always.That said, I didn't *hear* any problem, either with my MMG's or the LRS. I'm guessing that variations in response due to room modes and boundary effects does a lot more damage to bass smoothness than the asymmetrical tuning dots.Just a compromise that had to be made to keep to keep them small.
Yep, there was a moment when I heard the LRS when I said "Why do I have these giant things?" But then I got home, put on some music, and heard the thunderous bass and ribbon purity and remembered why. Plus the imaging I'm getting now is more amazing than I remember it. It's taken a long, long time, but I've really tuned this room . . .
Hi all - It's been a while since I have been here. After a talk with Wendell last week, I ordered a pair of LRS for review. This will be fun.
I'd love to try the new LRS but I've heard that Maggies (and most other planar speakers) require higher volumes to sound their best. I live in a condo and need to keep the peak volumes under 80dB or so. Is there any reason to believe that this new model would sound excellent at these lower volumes?
In my experience from apartment living with Maggies, they tend to be very neighbor friendly. The sound doesn't carry to the same degree as dynamic speakers. I've never put a meter to it, but when I've done the "stand outside my door" test, it's much less obvious than box speakers. YMMV.
I never got that message... I had 3.6 Maggies for eight years, then last year I went up to 20.7 Maggies.. I listen at 50 to 75dB. that is NOT loud.I admit it took a long time for them to really break in (The sound of not broken in was mostly some lack of fine detail and a wider than real dynamic range. So soft sounds were too soft.. compared to after break in)And YES the bass from even my 20.7s really does not go through the walls.I tested them at the dealer a few years ago when they had demo 20.7s. Cranked up the music LOUD, with tons of bass. went out of the room, closed the door. no bass...Hey great.There really is a difference between cone speaker bass and Maggies bass.Naturally for folks who enjoy gut massage bass... Magnepans are the wrong speaker for them.
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