Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #400 on: 30 Jun 2019, 06:54 pm »
I certainly understand wanting to preserve the dealer network.  But I don’t see how selling online to those without a dealer threatens any existing dealers.  As it is, it leaves those without a (reasonably) local dealer few to no options.  Apparently, Magnepan is ok with this.

I seriously miss my local dealer who would let me audition most anything at home, knowing I’d likely end up buying it.  :lol:

I’m can’t say I’m real confident that the LRS would give me a good enough idea how a larger Maggie (and which one??) would  look and perform in my room.  Am I wrong?  :scratch:

The LRS would certainly give you an idea about how a 0.7 or a 1.7i would sound in your room depending upon the size.  The 3.7i is a different animal.  I own both an original MMG and the 1.6's.  My room is 17x17 with 9 foot ceilings.  The MMG's easily filled the room without strain.  Of course, you need a good amp.

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #401 on: 30 Jun 2019, 07:35 pm »
The LRS would certainly give you an idea about how a 0.7 or a 1.7i would sound in your room depending upon the size.  The 3.7i is a different animal.  I own both an original MMG and the 1.6's.  My room is 17x17 with 9 foot ceilings.  The MMG's easily filled the room without strain.  Of course, you need a good amp.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

My space is a living room/ dining room combo that’s about 14 x 25, with a cathedral ceiling that goes from 9’ at the long wall to about 19’ at the opposite side.  The living area is also open to the stairwell and small upstairs landing.  The living area, where my system is, is about 14 x 14 (actual useable area is about the 11 x 14) with the speakers on the long wall of the room.

So while the usable floor space is smalll (main speakers 7-7.5’ from the main listening position, max space behind the main speakers is 2.5 - 3ft.), the actual cubic feet of the the space is about 5500 ft3.  There’s a pic of my listening area on post 379 in this thread.

I believe my amp would be up to the task; Parasound Classic 5250, 250wpc @ 8ohms, 385 wpc @ 4 ohms, 45 amps peak per channel.  https://www.parasound.com/vintage/5250.php

So, one question is, if I like the “appetizer” and want/need to move up to a bigger panel, is it worth it to have to deal with a dealer over 175 miles away?


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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #402 on: 30 Jun 2019, 08:06 pm »
I certainly understand wanting to preserve the dealer network.  But I don’t see how selling online to those without a dealer threatens any existing dealers.  As it is, it leaves those without a (reasonably) local dealer few to no options.  Apparently, Magnepan is ok with this.

I seriously miss my local dealer who would let me audition most anything at home, knowing I’d likely end up buying it.  :lol:

I’m can’t say I’m real confident that the LRS would give me a good enough idea how a larger Maggie (and which one??) would  look and perform in my room.  Am I wrong?  :scratch:
The impression I have is that dealers are very threatened by anything like that. They see it as a foot in the door and online sales as destroying brick and mortar stores. But I assume there's a way to handle this situation, e.g., if you ordered something from a dealer by phone, Magnepan could drop ship it to you. It's going to be shipped to the dealer from the factory, anyway. I know that they sell speakers to people who haven't heard the model, e.g., 20.7's, which most dealers don't have on display.

The LRS was specifically designed to give people with good equipment a taste of the sound of their current larger models. Wendell Diller would just love people with $30,000 speakers to try it, it's that good. Of course, you're going to get more with the larger models -- deeper bass, higher output, and the amazing true ribbon tweeter on the 3.7 and up. But at more moderate levels, the LRS is basically a slice out of a big Maggie. However, Wendell says it won't work in big rooms, it doesn't couple properly so the bass disappears.

I think the thing to do is to give Wendell a call at Magnepan and discuss the situation, he's very aware of the vanishing dealer problem and is doing his best to find ways around it. He can probably give you a good idea about whether a given model will work in your room, too. He doesn't like to sell the wrong model to people because they depend on word of mouth and a good reputation.

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #403 on: 30 Jun 2019, 09:13 pm »
I think it's time to take this to a different thread if you wish to continue this discussion.
There are no questions for the factory here.

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« Reply #404 on: 30 Jun 2019, 11:34 pm »
I think it's time to take this to a different thread if you wish to continue this discussion.
There are no questions for the factory here.

I do not understand.  Are questions about where to buy Magnepans and which model would be appropriate in a given room not appropriate questions for the Magnepan factory?  :scratch:

Oh well, I’ll move on since my questions have been answered to some extent (where to buy?  Except for the LRS, from a dealer, period!  Which model for my room?  Call Magnepan, don’t ask in this thread  :scratch: )

Please correct me if I’ve misunderstood your post.

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #405 on: 3 Jul 2019, 02:49 am »
I see on Magnepan’s website the LRS comes with a 60 day return policy.  I thought they also offered full credit towards an upgrade within the first year, but I see no mention of that on the website.

Does Magnepan no longer offer the 1 year full credit towards an upgrade?

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #406 on: 3 Jul 2019, 10:58 pm »
The LRS program is the same as the MMGi. There is a one-year upgrade to a 1.7i or higher with a partial credit.

  I looked and the MMGi trade in was full credit so I'm not sure if I have the definitive answer or not.  At the very least I can say that there is a trade in period towards the big boys.

I asked Wendell years ago what they did with all of the returned ones and he said that very few speakers ever come back.
Everyone probably does what I did: hold onto them and use them in another system.

I'm thinking of getting some LRS for the TV system and using my old MMGs set up like giant Stax headphones by my computer.
No fooling.

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Re: Do you have a question for the Magnepan factory?
« Reply #407 on: 3 Jul 2019, 11:22 pm »
The LRS program is the same as the MMGi. There is a one-year upgrade to a 1.7i or higher with a partial credit.

  I looked and the MMGi trade in was full credit so I'm not sure if I have the definitive answer or not.  At the very least I can say that there is a trade in period towards the big boys.

I asked Wendell years ago what they did with all of the returned ones and he said that very few speakers ever come back.
Everyone probably does what I did: hold onto them and use them in another system.

I'm thinking of getting some LRS for the TV system and using my old MMGs set up like giant Stax headphones by my computer.
No fooling.

Should I decide to order, I’ll call Magnepan to see if they can confirm the details of the program.  It’s odd that this isn’t spelled out on the website.

Interestingly, searching on Google I found an old Magnepan webpage that mentioned a 60 day return period for the 1.7 (has since expired).