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Maggie Up-Date

Discussion in 'Configuration & Setup' started by Vinyl, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member

    I previously mentioned Stud Gliders on another thread - these little guys have replaced the spikes that came with the Maggie stands - little gliders have simplified the placement/moving of the Maggies on carpet to sheer delight - tiny incremental moves that were once awkward and never quite precise are now attainable with one hand.
    Maggies for a while were tilted 5° back - new setup brings the tilt forward at 5° - distance from front wall (behind speakers) used to be 4’ now 3 ½’ – distance apart was 8’ now 7’ - side was brought out 4” – more toe in has been applied – LP is now 14” further.
    These small tweaks all add up: The sweet spot is now wider - I'm able to sit/lean on either side of chair without pulling the music with me more transparency imaging within the soundstage better defined and slightly wider - depth as dictated by recording same applies to height.

    I’m now fed up with my bulky tape measure - I’ve ordered a Laser Distance Level Measurer this tool will come in handy for multiples chores.

    Going back to speakers I’m not 100% certain that speakers are in perfect plane even though they are same distance from wall – speakers are aggressively toed – the outer corner of the left speaker toed side may not be aligned with right speaker toed corner – once this tool arrives I’ll place it on top of one toed speaker corner edge and align it with the other for certainty

    Inching towards perfection – and so it goes...

    Clarity to the Madness Below

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  2. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member


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  3. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

    It's exactly like you state, it's is the culmination of the little things that make big differences in sound quality. Moving those electro static panels looks to be a royal pain in the @ss, and being able to tilt them forward or back is a big plus.

    Looks good Vinyl!

    Now, can I borrow you laser level/measurement tool? :D

  4. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member

    Thank you Rope.

    Only a true aficionado recognizes the rewards obtained in fine tuning the room/system to its maximum limits.

    Correction if I may on a common assumption – Maggie’s are Magneplanars not Electrostatic speakers – I believe you already knew that merely a slip – for clarity to everyone else that might not be versed between the two here’s a C/P.

    So what is a Magneplanar? Some people immediately think that a panel speaker is an electrostatic. Not in this case. An electrostatic speaker requires an electrical charge to energise the speaker; Maggie’s are like normal speakers, only requiring a signal from the amplifier.
    In some ways the Magneplanar is similar to a conventional woofer or tweeter. Like a conventional driver, the Maggie’s use magnets and a voice coil to create sound by moving air. Unlike a conventional driver, the magnets are spread out throughout the whole panel structure, and the voice coil is attached to a Mylar sheet, which does the moving of air, creating the sound. There is one big difference between conventional driver and the Magneplanar panel. A conventional driver needs to move a relatively large distance (or excursion) to create sound. A Magneplanar panel moves very little. But with the very large panel area can still create high levels of sound.

    The laser tool is coming from Texas (Canada eh) – it’s been now eleven days since order ... and yes I’m counting.
  5. Maximo

    Maximo Well-Known Member


    Am I the only one getting the joke here?
  6. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member

    OOPS ... :oops: :oops: :oops: Very good Max.
  7. TitaniumTroy

    TitaniumTroy Well-Known Member

    Sorry I missed this older thread, Vinyl. Thanks for the update your system is looking really good, and I am sure it sounds even better. I found this because I was looking for some info, regarding tweaking my own system. Keep up the good work, from your fellow Maggie forum member.
  8. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member

    Hi Troy - it’s been awhile - good to hear from you - I do read your posts at the Asylum.
  9. TitaniumTroy

    TitaniumTroy Well-Known Member

    Thanks Vinyl, I am thinking about getting one Magnepan DWM woofer. To give my 3.6 a boost in the bass and upper bass, any opinions?
  10. Vinyl

    Vinyl Active Member

    Troy - I don’t have firsthand experience with this woofer - I don’t see the DWM besting your SVS PB Ultra 2 - the module was originally intended for the Minis if memory serves - from various readings it seems to be helpful in the mid/upper range for some - I really do understand the objective here - such as in cases where a true sub might at times be overwhelming for Maggie owners for whatever reasons - the DWM is seen as a possible solution - having said that - at the end of the day - when playing organ material or any low frequency instrument - a true sub is required - it may also be a PITA to integrate in a combo HT/Music application - Troy - let’s not forget - the minor group of Maggie owners that will always try to tweak a square to fit a circle ;)

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