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Old 8th May 2011, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default Magneplanar mg-1 ($70)

i picked them up (pair) at a yard sale today, figured they might make me rich (ooooooh electrostats i thought)), but after a brief google search im starting to wonder if i wasted my money

they look in good shape, i havent tried playing any music thru them yet.

are they any good if they're working, or is the mg-1 more work them love compared to so many other fine speakers these days?
 
Old 8th May 2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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...better put down that soldering iron until you can tell the difference between an electrostat and a planar magnetic

Old Magenpans are failure prone... the voice coils are known to go open circuit or detach from the diaphragm. They are repairable by the DIYer and there is a wealth of advice and instruction available. The ones you buy at garage sales usually need repair. The ones you buy at an estate sale might work since the the rest of the estate often has no idea whether they are electrostatic or planar magnetic
 
Old 8th May 2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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errrmmmmmm WOW !

They work, FLAWLESSLY (for now)

I'm feeling pretty good right now, family went out so i thought what the heck, ill get em out of the van and plug em in...

just to see.

Ive been reading about all the problems (no tweeter, buzzing sounds, no bass etc)

and was pretty disappointed about wasting my money and perhaps having to spend more to fix them, or scrapping them.



it seems my pair have none of the common problems?

AND they sound REALLY good. ????

midrange is beautiful extremely detailed and absolutely non fatiguing/offensive, highs are sweet, bass is there and very detailed

now i have another problem,

sell them before they quit working or find somewhere to put them in this tiny house???


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Old 8th May 2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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about 30 minutes in to a cd that i didnt particularly like, (the cd has a couple tracks on it i did enjoy) and was in the cd player when i hit 'play'

I've REALLY enjoyed the whole cd !!!!!!!!!!

and the only reason that can be, is because these speakers are doing something right....

very right..
 
Old 8th May 2011, 07:55 PM   #5
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this is crazy. in 30 years of enjoying music, i have never heard sound like this, and its via a portable sony cd player, and a very basic ss amp.

maybe its because im about 10 feet from them, and they are aimed straight at me equally while i surf the www in a recliner?

Ive now switched to a cd i like a lot,

details and subtleties ive never heard before are popping out all over the place!!!???

i admit, ive always used mediocre/modest equipment and only ever heard expensive stuff very briefly in/at demos., but to listen to my music, through my system, in my chair, in my room, through these speakers,

is changing the rules.....
 
Old 8th May 2011, 08:06 PM   #6
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the separation between the instruments is absurd, its no longer a band being recorded together and it sounding like that, one 'container' of sound.

its now several musicians playing separately, but together, and it sounds like that, i can hear nuance and subtleties and separation and details and tones and intention of each player, in each bar......

crazy.......

excuse my effervesence.......


and my spelling
 
Old 8th May 2011, 09:51 PM   #7
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i admit, ive always used mediocre/modest equipment
Now you will have to build an amp and CD to do them justice
 
Old 8th May 2011, 11:06 PM   #8
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hmm the plot thickens,

i bumped into the guy that sold me the magnepans an hour ago, he told me he had the amp to go with the speakers, its a hafler dh 220

http://www.hafler.com/techsupport/pd...20_amp_man.pdf

i bought it.

the guy also told me, that the old guy who owned the Magnepans had them 'upgraded' at some point.

I have no idea who did the work, or what they did?

but i now own a hafler dh 220.

im excited, confused and broke.....



any advise/guidance appreciated........
 
Old 8th May 2011, 11:12 PM   #9
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Now you will have to build an amp and CD to do them justice
ive seen people write,

"the speakers completely get out of the way"

or 'disappear'

well i always kinda thought 'yea right' hows that going to happen, the sound is emanateing from the speaker.

the last song i heard before i went out today was,

YouTube - Buddy Guy - Done Got Old live at Montreux 2004


I had to do a few double takes,

speakers completely disappeared, it was like the sounds (voice and guitar) were coming from thin air somewhere near/around the speakers

but not from the speakers.

weird....
 
Old 8th May 2011, 11:30 PM   #10
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Now you will have to build an amp and CD to do them justice
Im having fun, but honstly

ill probably sell them. too big realistically for my room.

ill try and find some nice 4 inchers that sound the same
 

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