In comparison to my quadral Rubin speakers that I had before these It's like opening the curtains. the sound is so much clearer but not to harsh on the highs and these little ones pack a punch there's absolutely no sub needed to get the glasses trembling. I like the ribbons a lot. and size does matter I dont ever want those huge-ass coffins in my living room again. (my place isn't that big) ;D
Oh yeah, Jackson 5 and the recognisable Michael Jackson (if I'm not wrong) there! Now he's a freak after all those plastic surgery and with people liking to sue him. What a change of fortune ................
Wow, you park your motorbike in the room? Is it safe to leave it outside and covered? That I'm not sure.
I never park this baby on the street, not without having it under complete supervision. It is built to fit in a car trunk. No problem for a big guy to by him self lift it into his trunk and drive off, all in three minutes. Will not risk that.
Love them, but don't use them as my main speakers these days. My room isn't large enough for them to look comfortable; they do dominate a bit.
Sound-wise they are a 'mixed bag' but on the whole very good. Negative points are 1. the frequency response is over-all down-tilted. This is fine and natural sounding with classical music, small scale jazz and most acoustic material. But they lack some sparkle, air and bite rock and pop. 2. There is some panel resonance from the MDF frame that surrounds and houses the planar driver itself. I am sensitive to this; it's warms the bottom end a bit and slows the bass down a tad - but others may not be bothered by it. Having said that, the panel resonance is easier to live with than the boxy colorations often found in conventional 'speakers (something my LS3/5As don't have which is one of the reasons why I love THEM). 3. They have a low impedance; dropping to around 2 Ohms in places which will suck the life out of some amps. My MF A3.2cr power amp is just fine for the job. It sneers at low impedances.
The Maggie's positive attributes are many. Providing you are in the sweet spot they image beautifully. They give a realistic scale to big instruments like basses and pianos. Human voices are human sized. The mid is sweet and clear. Top end is smooth and grain free. Cymbals shimmer properly (but note the comment on the roll-off towards higher freqs above). But the most important thing is the freedom from box colorations, and also, I would say, their ability to 'stop and start' quickly as when reproducing rim shots and cymbal edge strikes?
One day I am going to midify and reinforce the mdf frames in an attempt to reduce the resonances.
I used to own a MG III donkey years ago and they are fnatastic speakers in terms of imaging, width and height soundstaging, depth and naturalness. Fast sounding too especailly with the ribbon coming into action. They must be used with at least 200 watter and preferably fast sounding tube amp. However ...........
The ribbon tweeter and panel can be damaged with time especially in a high humidity place like Singapore. Corrosion and delamination problems. Musically, there is nothing wrong with it except when it comes to rock, there is just not enough of the explosive bit and prance of dynamic cone speakers. In other words, we will miss the whack of the drums, etc.
Overall, I still love them but they do loose out to good electrostatic speakers like Martin Logan, Quad and Acoustats. Definitely not losing out to the Soundlab when I hear them during F1 day in Singapore. In fact, the MG III is better in all respect when compared with the Soundlab.
I have those supplied foam plugs attached to my Dynaudios. If they are without them, they are very boomy in my room.
For the bottom end I chose REL sub, as it can really work together with these speakers. You do not notice it, even how hard you try. But when you put it off, Dyns seem to miss a LOT.
How to put it with my bad english... Without sub Dyns sound two separate small speakers, with sub the sound is one big whole room fullfilling sound.
I don't know about other subs, how good match they would be with Dyns.
At least sub should have very low crossover frequency to get a good match with Dyns.
I myself have never been into home theater stuff. Just using stereo setup for music. Home theater dudes need more slam and spl, I think. My sub doesn't offer that much slam, but more depth needed with Dyns low end. And I do not need high volume and spl for my music.
I am VERY "light" in the speaker dept. these days and my speaker setup is the cheapest I have ever had but, nonetheless, quite an enjoyable listen. Tannoy Eyris 1 and REL storm sub.... I've repopulated the capacitors on the Tannoy crossover with better quality polyprops and have coated the inside of the storm with 10 coats of bitumen.
Without the storm in circuit the Tannoys sound nice and punchy but with it in circuit they really open up!
My "desktop system" is a Xonar soundcard into a NAD C315 BEE driving a pair of el cheapo JBL control 1 monitors.... surprisingly good and the imaging is excellent from these NFM's.
Years ago I built my own speakers (mostly from Wimslow audio kits) and, to this day, haven't heard a commercial speaker that compares (not at this side of sensible money anyway!).... I had a dedicated "listening room" complete with tube traps, coconut matting and egg trays (24 egg types) plastered onto all the walls and ceiling apart from the back wall which was two Indian "durries" fitted onto a rail.... those were the days when I sat in the "perfect" triangle and listened in the dark with a wad of rizlas and sound enhancing substances to hand
I've got pics of that room "somewhere" I will look them out and scan them in. After many years farting about with speakers I started tweaking the "room" and it was the biggest upgrade of all! Quite cheap too.... the tube traps were the most expensive additions..... I got the egg boxes from a local battery hen farm.... IIRC it cost me about £25 to cover the entire room with them..... about £15 in plaster and £20 to paint it all...... I randomly mixed coconut matting into the plaster for certain "panels".
The floor was a real bitch to tame so I ended up getting a local builder to dump a few ton of concrete under it (I dread to think what the new owners of the house will have to do if they ever have to get new pipework to the heating system or renew the wiring :-[)..... basically, it was a case of opening a hatch, getting under the floor and sealing off the room with chipboard.... then a simple case of pumping concrete in until it reached floor level) Totally "anal" and not in accordance with any building "regulations" but it only cost me about £200 (at the time) and WHAT an improvement!!!!! Best tweak EVER!
I was SO pedantic back then I even had "earth spikes" driven into the ground outside the house.... total madness..... the "listening" room was on a dedicated ring and fed by totally OTT 30 amp cable..... hell, it sounded fantastic!
Then the "internet" came along and I found myself spending less and less time listening to music.... I was in "another" room typing away like a madman and found that "headphones" were the easiest way of listening to music and typing at the same time so that's when I got interested in all things headphone related.
I ended up selling my prized possession and, not too long after, sold the house too..... I moved over to headphones as my only source of music (apart from a few radios).... it's only now, many years later, that speakers are creeping back into my life but NO WAY will I EVER become that obsessive type person again.... my whole world revolved around "sound perfection".... there is no such thing unless you, the listener, are programmed to receive.... no amount of money thrown at equipment will do the trick, it's all about conditioning "yourself" and learning how to fully relax and tune into the music....