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Author:  malthuse [ Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Magnepan Madness

I recently bought some old 1.6 just to experience the magnepan experience in my home and it blew me away so I bought some 3.7s. It occurred to me that I might be able to have a ridiculous setup similar to the old tympanies from the seventies using both pairs of speakers. As luck would have it I have two huge amps by McCormack so I can run both pairs with a similar amp sound The DNA 500 for the 3.7s and the 225 for the 1.6. Searching the internet I found a little bit on people trying this. Essentially the 1.6 goes behind the 3.7 and at almost a 90 degree angle with a little toe-in. Apparently it turns a soundstaging champ into something out of this world.

Anyone else tried this? The 3.7s arrive Saturday so I'll try it out sometime in the next couple of weeks

Author:  bluejazz [ Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

Congrats! I love my 3.7i so much as well. Please update with us when you set up with your 1.7 I might go that way too. or....wait for 30.7 :)

Author:  kstrobbe [ Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

Welcome to the Asylum!

I would also love to hear your results combining the two Maggie models.

Author:  pierre_b [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

Never tried but sounds like a great plan - look forward to reading your results!

Author:  petersch [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

Magnepan is planning to release the MG 30.7 speakers real soon. It'll be the modern day equivalent of the Tympani, I can hardly wait to hear them. :D

I love my 3.6 and had 1.6 as well, they both are excellent speakers!
Please share your experience with the 3.7 when your run them for a while.

Author:  Teo Audio [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

malthuse wrote:
I recently bought some old 1.6 just to experience the magnepan experience in my home and it blew me away so I bought some 3.7s. It occurred to me that I might be able to have a ridiculous setup similar to the old tympanies from the seventies using both pairs of speakers. As luck would have it I have two huge amps by McCormack so I can run both pairs with a similar amp sound The DNA 500 for the 3.7s and the 225 for the 1.6. Searching the internet I found a little bit on people trying this. Essentially the 1.6 goes behind the 3.7 and at almost a 90 degree angle with a little toe-in. Apparently it turns a soundstaging champ into something out of this world.

Anyone else tried this? The 3.7s arrive Saturday so I'll try it out sometime in the next couple of weeks



Almost like an M-S microphone diaphragm placement scenario. One set per side, for cancellation or reinforcement, to control the mix.

Author:  malthuse [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

Holy cow, those 30.7s look amazing. I guess I'll try something like that as well. I think I will have to have the tweeter sections next to each other if I just put them side by side. I could also use an external crossover and just use the 1.6 for extra bass. Anyway, lots to try out and tinker with.

Author:  Albert [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

That sounds interesting. I don't have Magnepan but I do have an extra pair of Acoustat model 4 that I could use for the bass along with my Acoustat 2+2. I have a Marchand XM-9 electronic crossover that I could use. I would just have to figure out where to put them. It seems like space would the limiting factor in this experiment. Please post your results.

Author:  Baroque [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

I love my 3.7, sound natural...the position is really important, need some time but :D

Author:  renehuot70 [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

I have a pair 1.7i

do your self a favor...upgrade the crossover with descent caps.....unbelivable results!!

Author:  Bandy [ Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

renehuot70 wrote:
I have a pair 1.7i

do your self a favor...upgrade the crossover with descent caps.....unbelivable results!!


Hi, I have 1.6 that should have very similar crossover cap values. What brand/source of caps did you use?
Thx!

-- 23 Oct 2017 22:49 --

renehuot70 wrote:
I have a pair 1.7i

do your self a favor...upgrade the crossover with descent caps.....unbelivable results!!


Hi, I have 1.6 that should have very similar crossover cap values. What brand/source of caps did you use?
Thx!

Author:  malthuse [ Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

https://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=mug&m=225841

I found this that has photos of multiple magnepans.

Author:  malthuse [ Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

If anyone is interested as a first try I hooked up my quad esl63s as a woofer for my 1.6 qr with a crossover at 100 hz using an minidsp as a trial run for when the 3.7s come. It's amazing. It's like having a woofer on each channel that can handle the speed of the magnepans

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You can see the quad poking out from behind here
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Author:  ripblade [ Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Magnepan Madness

^ In phase or reverse?

There is a difference....

Author:  Itsnotluck [ Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:39 pm ]
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