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I have not heard those Maggies but I would think any panel speakers are going to need some good old woofer help in the first octave. I got a pair of big Sound Lab 'Stats that I augment with 4 subwoofers (Duke's Swarm) to play Symphonies in my mother's house.
Hi,I unreservedly agree with those recommending the Magnepans, they exhibit the main desirable loudspeaker properties:Large membrane surface areaLow membrane weightNearly pure ohmic impedanceDipole radiationLow distortionEspecially notable is their ability to provide high-resolution reproduction of complex music signals. State-of-the-art technology.
Construct,maybe you should start saving for a pair of 3.6...
I already have the sub for it.
OK, otherwise this one should do it as well.
I have considered it [Magneplanar MG 3.6] ...I already have the sub for it. But: I'd need a suitable amp as well.
How does 350+ wpc into 4 ohms for US$400 sound?? I'm building one based on this kid, (here). I'll report when done.
Strictly speaking I wouldn't say they do. Classical music can be enjoyed with any modest speaker just as any other genre can. When it comes to attempting to recreate what one would hear in a concert hall however with about a hundred musicians and their instruments, the demands are much greater than most any other genre. Not just the speakers but the rest of the chain starting from the source must be resolving and harmonically true lest one section be mistaken for another. Never mind individual instruments except the occasional soloist because in the hall you couldn't pick out instruments with your eyes closed anyway. When aided with sight and correlating what you see with what you hear however one can zoom in on a particular musician to a limited extent.Musically it is also the most complex in arrangement. The system must be able to deal with wide dynamic swings but more importantly convey the interplay of instruments as most works rely heavily on these to convey their musical meanings. Sections sing to and with each other and when listening live they hit us, the audience, with ripples and waves from differing directions. There's a sense of motion from left, right, front and back that follows the conductor's every movement then followed by a sense of ambience as the notes gradually die out. It just isn't easy to do and remains undone by even the most ambitious audio engineers. Sound reproduction in my mind is like special effects in a movie. I seriously doubt CGI will ever develop a truly convincing human actor. I also seriously doubt a home system can also ever truly recreate the experience of a full orchestra in the home. Still it doesn't stop many of us from trying to attain sustained periods of suspended disbelief.In general then, at least in my own experience, speakers or systems that excel at portraying classical music also do well with any other genre. The caveat is that these systems are normally much less forgiving of music that has been recorded with heavy compression. A reason I listen to classic rock off original LP pressings from the 60s and 70s instead of their modern digital reissues.I hope I haven't come across as didactic in any way. It's just that when it comes to audio, classical music is what I'm most passionate about.Cheers!
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