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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:59 pm 
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My seller didn't have the resistors but I bought a few choices to trial. Once dialed in I'll upgrade. I'm dangerous when I start to tinker but I love tweaking things here and there, I might try to improve things on the crossover.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:48 pm 
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My seller didn't have the resistors but I bought a few choices to trial. Once dialed in I'll upgrade. I'm dangerous when I start to tinker but I love tweaking things here and there, I might try to improve things on the crossover.


I haven't found anything to beat the Deulund resistors (in series) in passive crossovers for any speaker. Feel free to PM me if you want to hear about my experiences with modifying MG1.6qr. Don't know if they made big improvements with the 1.7, probably some.

To Libor - JBL 4350 looks like a treat if you have a big room and wallet - I have neither!


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You've already owned the best. I'll wager $1000 that it's setup and associated gear standing between you and the sound you want, not the speaker. You just need a real expert to consult with what you have. The rest of these suggestions are stabbing in the dark based on varying personal biases.


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Thanks guys. These Maggie's are blowing my mind right now. I'm driving them with 500 watts of quality power. They are a little shrill so I'll try taming that with a resistor on the tweeter. Where they are absolutely outstanding is in the soundstage. As an example I have a recording of a song I know really well that was always flat on any speaker I've tried. On the Maggie's it comes alive. The chorus is full and rich and the soloist completely distinct from the chorus. They create a wide open look into the sound. Truly eye opening. I can't believe it took me this long to discover magnepans.

What amp?

I'm glad you've found something you like, but if you were still looking I would suggest in keeping with your favourable experience with electrostats, that you consider the Soltanus. I haven't heard them.... only good things about them.

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You've already owned the best. I'll wager $1000 that it's setup and associated gear standing between you and the sound you want, not the speaker. You just need a real expert to consult with what you have. The rest of these suggestions are stabbing in the dark based on varying personal biases.

There's some serious experience on this forum and some people who have been through my path before and negotiated a way forward. I'm interested in hearing their opinions as they are very valuable.

oh, and I take you up on that $1000, can I get it in store credit?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:00 pm 
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So, it turns out I hadn't heard "the best".

My magnepan 1.6 are providing a completely novel insight into music. A chorus, sounds like a chorus. Symphonic orchestras sound like symphonic orchestras, and...well, you get the point.

I have a pair of 3.7is heading my way.

The quads 57s are great and have their place. The magnepans destroy them, need I say more.


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The 3.7i IMHO is one of the best values in speakers, great choice. I loved the MG 3.6/R I had many years ago.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:23 pm 
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So I've dabbled in a few speakers and still feel I haven't completely reached the apex of listening. I was hoping those who have extensive listening experience can comment on where I could go next.
My budget is $5000-7000

The speakers that came closest to perfection for me were:
Sonus Faber Cremona m
Harbeth shl5+
Harbeth M30.1
Quad Esl63
Quad esl57

The quads are the closest for me. With the Shl5+ close but no cigar. The quad 63s are close to perfection but the bass is lacking. I would think quad 2905 or 2912 would make sense. Any suggestions? Tannoy? Magnepan?

The speakers should be suited first and foremost for Bach choral music.


If the ESL-63 and SHL5+ are both really close to your ideal (as they were for me), have a listen to Stirling's LS3/6 if you can. All are excellent but in the end, I picked Stirling after comparing against the M30.1 and SHL5 Plus. And I was pre-biased towards Harbeth, having owned P3ES2 and C7ES2 in the past.

The definitive review here : http://www.theabsolutesound.com/article ... cast-ls36/
(the slight excess treble at 6-7KHz mentioned in the review was fixed after SN88022)

Another interesting BBC variant I have not heard (but would love to) is Graham Audio. Their LS5/9 is supposed to be really special.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:27 pm 
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Interesting, I’ll keep those in mind. Thanks for the suggestions.


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I was going to suggest Gradient subs for the ESL-63, but I think you're going to love the 3.7's. 8)


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have you heard a nice set of horn speakers?

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Hope you like your Magnepan! They sound different than the Quad ESLs but it is not a bad thing. However, for (Bach) choral musics I still think the Quads you have had are difficult to beat.


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Martin Logan for full range accuracy


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:47 am 
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malthuse wrote:
So I've dabbled in a few speakers and still feel I haven't completely reached the apex of listening. I was hoping those who have extensive listening experience can comment on where I could go next.
My budget is $5000-7000

The speakers that came closest to perfection for me were:
Sonus Faber Cremona m
Harbeth shl5+
Harbeth M30.1
Quad Esl63
Quad esl57

The quads are the closest for me. With the Shl5+ close but no cigar. The quad 63s are close to perfection but the bass is lacking. I would think quad 2905 or 2912 would make sense. Any suggestions? Tannoy? Magnepan?

The speakers should be suited first and foremost for Bach choral music.



The (current) KEF Reference-1. Simply sensational.

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QuadESL63 wrote:
Hope you like your Magnepan! They sound different than the Quad ESLs but it is not a bad thing. However, for (Bach) choral musics I still think the Quads you have had are difficult to beat.

I’ve had the 3.7s running for a while in a nice big vaulted ceiling room and for large scale orchestra I haven’t heard better. The quads max out like I mentioned, they’re still great speakers.

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malthuse wrote:
So I've dabbled in a few speakers and still feel I haven't completely reached the apex of listening. I was hoping those who have extensive listening experience can comment on where I could go next.
My budget is $5000-7000

The speakers that came closest to perfection for me were:
Sonus Faber Cremona m
Harbeth shl5+
Harbeth M30.1
Quad Esl63
Quad esl57

The quads are the closest for me. With the Shl5+ close but no cigar. The quad 63s are close to perfection but the bass is lacking. I would think quad 2905 or 2912 would make sense. Any suggestions? Tannoy? Magnepan?

The speakers should be suited first and foremost for Bach choral music.



The (current) KEF Reference-1. Simply sensational.

pj

Weird, I was looking at those just recently. My experience with the ls50 has been amazing. If they improve on that then we are talking some serious speakers.


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