THE CC5 and DWM combined makes for a VERY good center speaker. If priced seperately you would pay well over 1200 or more used...
The CC5 is the "trickle-down" of the technology from our flag ship CCR center channel speaker. . The CC5 employs a horizontal, curved quasi-ribbon midrange/tweeter and quasi-ribbon super-tweeter. No dynamic woofers are employed. When used with a flexible bass management system or Magneplanar Woofer, the illusion of a large Magneplanar in the center is possible for the most important speaker in a system.home theater
An experienced Maggie reviewer, Michael Trei, Sound + Vision, November 2010 said it best---
"No matter what type of movie I played, dialogue clarity was always exemplary. I would rate the CC5 as the most focused and transparent center channel speaker I've yet encountered, with none of the off-axis frequency response anomalies you hear with some dynamic models. The CC5 was able to lock the dialogue to the center of the screen with razor-sharp precision over a wide arc of listening positions, and it made even voices buried way down in the mix easy to comprehend." 2-Way, Quasi-Ribbon Midrange/Tweeter and Quasi-Ribbon Super-Tweeter. Freq. Resp. 200-20kHz Rec. Power Read Frequently Asked Questions Sensitivity 88dB/500Hz/1 meter /2.83v Impedance 3 Ohms Dimensions 36 x 10.5 x 5.5
DWM Bass Panel Need more bass? Put a big speaker in a small room, too much bass. Put a small speaker in big room, too little bass. In general, it is true. There is no one-size-fits-all. In an ideal world, the bass diaphragm would be like an accordion door which could be pulled out and expanded to exactly fit the needs of your acoustical environment. Adding one or more of the Maggie Bass Panels accomplishes the same results as pulling out the bass section of your existing Maggie to a larger size---as if it were like an accordion.
Or think of it like the difference between a 12-inch and a 15-inch dynamic woofer. What does the extra 3 inch diameter of the larger woofer accomplish? Accoustically, the Maggie Bass panel is the same as the extra 3 inch diameter of cone woofer. It increase the total bass diaphragm area of your existing Magneplanars. Yes, the Bass Panel provides deeper bass by getting a "bigger bite on the air", but the Maggie Bass Panel is all about quality bass, not quantity. Getting a little deeper bass is nice, but getting the bass smooth and deep is better.
Most of the area of any full-range Maggie is devoted to bass reproduction. (In the case of the 20.7, 76% of the total radiating area is devoted to bass.) Audiophiles can be nostalgic about the 6-panel Magneplanar Tympanis of the 1970's and '80's. But, they could sound like a trombone in a telephone booth in a small room. The Magneplanar Bass Panel offers you the flexibility to add bass diaphragm area to fit the needs of your room. From the $650 pair MMG to the 20.7, the Maggie Bass Panel can get the bass/midbass "just right".
DWM Bass Panel The Magneplanar Bass Panel (DWM) is a dipole, thin-film, planar/magnetic bass panel. It is two bass drivers in one panel. Two "voice coil" grids drive one bass diaphragm. The Bass Panel is essentially a small section out of the 20.1 and 20.7 bass drivers. But, please don't call it a "subwoofer". Subwoofers are a separate category from woofers. Subwoofers are intended for below 40 Hz and are known as "slow" and "muddy" when used above 40 Hz. Subwoofers can be adjusted higher than 40 Hz, but you will achieve better sound by using the Bass Panel to optimize the bass of your Maggies. The DWM Bass Panel has no problem integrating with a full-range Maggie because it is "all Maggie".