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Old 18th February 2013, 03:44 AM   #11
gootee is offline gootee  United States
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Speaker differences

The Magnepan Specifications chart at the link above says my MG-12s only go down to 45 Hz. But there's no way they need a subwoofer. I have a TV/stereo cabinet against the wall behind them, centered between them, and also placed my Vandersteen 2Ce speakers right up against the inside edge of each MG-12 (front faces more or less aligned; The 2Ces just sit there unpowered, most of the time.). It turns out that the cabinet and the 2Ce speakers block the reflections from between the MG-12s, mostly, which (someone said) apparently keeps the bass from canceling itself out, which means I actually can get too MUCH bass, sometimes, and it seems to extend to very low frequencies (much lower than 45 Hz; even below 40 Hz).

The sound is exquisite, sublime, gorgeous, and maybe above all, accurate and realistic. The bass is by FAR the clearest I have ever heard. Once I realized that the bass boominess that I was accustomed to was an untrue ARTIFACT created by box speakers, I couldn't bear the thought of changing it by even a little (e.g. with a sub). And after I accidentally increased the bass amplitude by blocking the center reflections, I thought I was in heaven.

Actually, the time-aligned Vandersteen 2Ce speakers, that I bought just a few weeks before the Magnepans, are very, very good, too. I thought that I had found the best under-$700 (used) speakers, until the Maggies arrived. Only then did it become obvious that there was a slight but definite muddiness to the bass that I had not noticed, until I compared them to the Magnepans.

If you want to try more watts with your SMGa speakers, I can vouch for the Adcom 545 II power amps, which were cheap on eBay when I bought some. They sounded so perfectly-clean and effortless that I started using nothing but them, for a long time.

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Old 18th February 2013, 04:43 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info... I was wondering if I added 4 of these neodimium subwoofers to this speaker, and play the maggie at low level but these subs at high level, would it help at all since these subs only go down to 55 hz?

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=264-926

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Old 18th February 2013, 03:36 PM   #13
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I think that most maggie owners use subs that go very low, and play them at the lowest volume level they can, and so that the subs don't try to play at frequencies that the maggies can handle well, since the maggies will sound much better than the subs.

Have a look at the "planar speaker asylum" discussion group:

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Old 18th February 2013, 04:21 PM   #14
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Those 3" "subwoofers" are for a completely different application. You realize that, right?

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Old 18th February 2013, 04:31 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info... I was wondering if I added 4 of these neodimium subwoofers to this speaker, and play the maggie at low level but these subs at high level, would it help at all since these subs only go down to 55 hz?

Tang Band W3-2000 3" Neodymium Subwoofer 264-926



You are kidding right?!!!!!

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Old 18th February 2013, 06:07 PM   #16
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No I'm serious.. I was thinking since the mags do not have much bass, and I will be playing them at a low level, this would add more bass to the overall mix at the same power level. 15 watts.

I wanna use this amp

Dayton Audio DTA-2 Class T Digital Audio Amplifier Module 300-385

and run one amp per maggie and two subwoofers.

The reason I chose these subwoofers is because I was thinking of recessing them into the outside wood fame of the magnepans to make an all in one unit.
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Old 18th February 2013, 08:13 PM   #17
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A 3" woofer can't produce any kind of bass that can compeat with the amount of surface area that the maggie's already have.

A pair of 8's or even a single 8,10 or 12 would be a better choice.
Or a bunch of 6's if you can get a good deal on them.

This calculator can help you to compare how much displacement you will need as per frequency and SPL,

Piston Excursion calculator

Remember for every octave lower you go your excursion will quadruple in order to maintain the same SPL.

Good luck !!


jer

P.S. I wouldn't even consider powering that speaker with any thing less than a LM3886 chipamp !!!

An excerpt from a a review,

" Bottom Line:
Very clear and accurate speaker,best I have owned. Not for a small or large room. best to be 12' away or more for the drivers to integrate best to have 4 feet away from rear wall or more. not for headbangers but plenty loud for me.

A great bargain on the used market I tried a 70 w 4 ohm amp and it did not cut it
300 watts worked a lot better, again, I am not a headbanger and seldomly exceed 85 db average levels.

Good for all types of music and upgradable with mods. mine did not buzz or rattle despite their age "

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Old 19th February 2013, 06:22 AM   #18
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You also need headroom (for a 10th of a second or so) to faithfully deliver the leading edge of many transients. If you don't particularly care about this aspect of music reproduction then, no, you don't need 100s of watts ... if you do, you do need this power.

Just FYI, the ss amp driving the ribbons in my 3-way active Maggies can deliver 60w rms into 3 ohms. I generally don't listen at head-banger levels so I'm probably only drawing a watt or two for most of my listening but I have plenty of reserve when I need it. I like this as it means I am in no danger of driving the ribbon amp into clipping - an important consideration when the amp is directly connected to the ribbons (with no "safety" series resistor in between. :-)) ).


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Hi Andy, I already knew this but I had in my mind that the OP wouldn't be listening at levels much over 80dB at the seated position. I tend to draw the line around 70dB, 80 being my discomfort region, but we all do listen differently. For my listening levels, 82dB 4 Ohm speakers still see very little power, and 90dB speakers rarely see a tenth of a Watt. I had a 2.5 Watt amplifier that Still provided ample headroom for my hearing. I did mention headroom is good to have depending on distance and other factors, but I know I can get by rather well with a 300B or other low power source on 82dB 4 ohm speakers here. Best wishes.
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Thanks for the info... I was wondering if I added 4 of these neodimium subwoofers to this speaker, and play the maggie at low level but these subs at high level, would it help at all since these subs only go down to 55 hz?

Tang Band W3-2000 3" Neodymium Subwoofer 264-926
Your posts never stop surprising me, tnptruck. Can I suggest you just play the SMGas first, for a few months, to get used to them - with the amp you have. Then borrow a much more powerful amp from a friend - or a dealer - and see how much better this makes them sound.

Then you can decide whether you need subs or not. BTW, a "sub" that only goes down to 55Hz ... is not really a sub! The term "sub" is short for "subwoofer" - ie. something underneath a "woofer". As woofers - eg. the SMGa woofer - go down below 55Hz, I suggest those subs you linked to cannot be regarded as "real" subs. "Real" subs go down to at least 30Hz and, better, 20Hz.


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Old 19th February 2013, 07:22 AM   #20
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For my listening levels, 82dB 4 Ohm speakers still see very little power, and 90dB speakers rarely see a tenth of a Watt. I had a 2.5 Watt amplifier that Still provided ample headroom for my hearing.
I don't think you are listening to Maggies - am I right?


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