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CC5 Center Channel Speaker

The CC5 is the “trickle-down” of the technology from our flag ship CCR center channel speaker. The CC5 employs a horizontal, curved quasi-ribbon midrange/tweeter and quasi-ribbon super-tweeter. No dynamic woofers are employed. When used with a flexible bass management system or Magneplanar Woofer, the illusion of a large Magneplanar in the center is possible for the most important speaker in a home theater system.

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The CC5 is the “trickle-down” of the technology from our flag ship CCR center channel speaker. The CC5 employs a horizontal, curved quasi-ribbon midrange/tweeter and quasi-ribbon super-tweeter. No dynamic woofers are employed. When used with a flexible bass management system or Magneplanar Woofer, the illusion of a large Magneplanar in the center is possible for the most important speaker in a home theater system.

An experienced Maggie reviewer, Michael Trei, Sound + Vision, November 2010 said it best—

“No matter what type of movie I played, dialogue clarity was always exemplary. I would rate the CC5 as the most focused and transparent center channel speaker I’ve yet encountered, with none of the off-axis frequency response anomalies you hear with some dynamic models. The CC5 was able to lock the dialogue to the center of the screen with razor-sharp precision over a wide arc of listening positions, and it made even voices buried way down in the mix easy to comprehend.”

This was no easy task. All speaker companies must deal with the same issues for home theater. The space and height available for the center channel speaker is dictated by the video. For a speaker designer, it is the equivalent of “tying one arm behind their back.” The center channel speaker does approximately 60-70% of the “heavy lifting”. It is ironic that the most important speaker for home theater has major design constraints. Magnepan’s solution to this dilemma was to employ all three speakers (front left, center and right) to work together to create the illusion of a large Maggie in the center. Most ribbon and electrostatic speaker companies employ a dynamic midbass coupler to cover the range between the subwoofer and the ribbon or electrostatic driver. In our opinion, that is an unacceptable compromise for the most important speaker in the home theater system.

The CC 5 is not a “plug and play” center channel speaker. For a more detailed explanation of how to achieve full-range Maggie Sound for the center channel, please review the CC 5 setup instructions in the manual section.

Some of you have asked– “Why the 200 Hz crossover point?” Again, take a look at the manual. Our strategy is to achieve the illusion of a big Maggie in the middle, instead of employing dynamic midbass drivers in a hybrid design.

Maggie Woofers

The Magneplanar Woofers (DWM and DW 1) are nice additions to a Maggie home theater system. Achieving the illusion of a large Maggie in the middle for a center channel is better accomplished using a Maggie Woofer vs. dynamic subwoofers.

Wall mounting– The CC 5 has provisions for wall-mounting below a video monitor, using a smallomni-mount cantilever. See manual for installation instructions.

The photo below is of a demonstration in a hotel during a Consumer Electronic Show. A pair of Magneplanar on-wall models immediately flanking a video monitor provide a dual center channel array which has advantages over a single center channel speaker.

A pair of our on-wall speakers achieves a center channel image in the same manner as a stereo system achieves a center image. By angling the speakers approximately 30 degrees to the wall, the center channel speaker on the left of the video monitor is on-axis with the viewer off to the right— and consequently is louder than the center channel speaker on the right of the monitor (which is closer to the viewer). This “pulls” the audio image to the left and keeps the dialog centered on the screen better than point source speakers.

Finally, when the Magneplanar on-wall speaker is used with a flexible bass management system, a large, full-range Magneplanar sound in the middle can be achieved with our on-wall design. Once you have heard this concept, you won’t be tempted to buy one of those sleek center channel speakers designed for flat panel video monitors.

And there is a bonus for those willing to install this unorthodox concept. In blind-fold testing, listeners found that center channel dialog and information was easier to understand with a “Maggie” dual center than with a conventional single center channel speaker.

Note the white floor-to-ceiling boards in the photo. There are two throw-away, temporary mounting solutions for auditioning Magneplanar on-wall models before a permanent installation has been selected.

CC5 specifications
Description 2-Way, Quasi-Ribbon Midrange/Tweeter and Quasi-Ribbon Super-Tweeter.
Freq. Resp. 200-20kHz
Rec. Power Read Frequently Asked Questions
Sensitivity 88dB/500Hz/1 meter /2.83v
Impedance 3 Ohms
Dimensions 36 x 10.5 x 5.5
The Magneplanar CC5 is available in off-white, black and gray fabrics, and natural or black solid oak trim, and dark solid cherry.

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