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Magneplanar 1.7

After a 12-year history, reaching a near-iconic standing, the Magneplanar 1.6 has been improved with value engineering. No costly tweaks of questionable sonic value. Magnepan is all about better ideas which give verifiable, high-value sonic improvements. All members of a listening panel chose the 1.7 or the 1.6 in a blind listening test.
The 1.7 is a departure from Magnepan’s 41-year history of using planar magnetic drivers for the bass or lower midrange. The use of quasi ribbon technology down into the lower midrange and bass will provide a new level of coherence.
What is a quasi-ribbon? The quasi ribbon driver is a deviation from the true ribbon design. A very thin film backing is used to hold the delicate ribbons in place. One of the advantages of quasi ribbon drivers is extremely wide frequency band width and high power handling. The result in the 1.7 is low distortion and seamless ribbon clarity–a sound so clear and effortless that it has changed the thinking of thousands of audiophiles about planar speakers.
The 1.7 also boasts a quasi ribbon super tweeter with a wider “sweet spot,” and one step closer to the delicacy and detail of Magnepan’s true ribbon design.
The 1.7 was subjected to “blind testing” by a panel of audiophiles and casual listeners. In addition to better sound, there is one more important improvement that you can test for yourself—With tweeters placed on the outside, note how the imaging remains remarkably stablewhen seated off-axis. With some speakers it is necessary to sit in the “sweet spot” for good imaging.
A new, modern styling with wrap-around aluminum trim on the 1.7 is also a departure from Magnepan’s more conservative cosmetic styling. The standard wood trims of the 1.6 (as shown below) are available upon special order and an upcharge. Aluminum trim is available in silver or black or primer coat for custom finishing. Wood trim is available in natural oak, black oak or dark cherry. Fabric choices are off-white, black or dark gray.
The total design concept for the Magneplanar 1.7 results in a speaker that measures exceptionally well by all the standard criteria, but more important, sounds even better.

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Take a look at the reviews and “buzz” on the internet that has been generated since the introduction of the new Magneplanar 1.7.
In the latest Absolute Sound Magazine Buyer’s Guide, the staff of the Absolute Sound voted the Magneplanar 1.6 as the “Best Bargain in High-End Audio” for speakers over $650 pair. Now, there is a successor to the 1.6 to carry on the tradition.
Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, Issue 205.
“Not long ago, I proposed an article to our Editor in Chief, Mr. Harley, to be called ‘What Would You Really Buy?’ By this I didn’t mean what our reviewers would buy if they had access to a Rubidium Mastercard, but what they could actually afford with their own meager funds. Without a doubt, the speaker I’m about to review is the one I’d opt for……………………………Bottom line? I think you already know. Like the 1.6s, the 1.7s are the most life-like speakers I have heard in their price range–or anywhere near it. I could live with them (and did) in a system that costs 150 times more than they themselves do. IMO, they’re just plain great.”
The new 1.7 won the coveted Product of the Year award. But, it is even better–
“Not just The Absolute Sound’s Affordable Loudspeaker of the Year, the 1.7 is the affordable loudspeaker of the decade” The Absolute Sound magazine, January, 2011
http://www.avguide.com/blog/magneplanar-17-first-listen
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20010500-47.html?tag=mncol;title
http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0511/magnepan_mg_1_7.htm
http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue53/magnepan.htm
http://www.tonepublications.com/ Download Issue 30 and see page 154 for 1.7 review.
Amongst the audiophile press, the 1.7 was “the talk of the town” at CES 2010.
http://www.beststuff.com/audiovideo/audiophile-bargain.html
http://www.avguide.com/blog/magnepan-mg-17-unqualified-triumph
http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/lasvegas2010/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65:magnepan&catid=38:standout-demos&Itemid=37
http://www.avguide.com/blog/more-ces-excitement-magnepan-introduces-the-mg-17
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-10422797-47.html?tag=mncol;title

After a 12-year history, reaching a near-iconic standing, the Magneplanar 1.6 has been improved with value engineering. No costly tweaks of questionable sonic value. Magnepan is all about better ideas which give verifiable, high-value sonic improvements. All members of a listening panel chose the 1.7 or the 1.6 in a blind listening test.
The 1.7 is a departure from Magnepan’s 41-year history of using planar magnetic drivers for the bass or lower midrange. The use of quasi ribbon technology down into the lower midrange and bass will provide a new level of coherence.
What is a quasi-ribbon? The quasi ribbon driver is a deviation from the true ribbon design. A very thin film backing is used to hold the delicate ribbons in place. One of the advantages of quasi ribbon drivers is extremely wide frequency band width and high power handling. The result in the 1.7 is low distortion and seamless ribbon clarity–a sound so clear and effortless that it has changed the thinking of thousands of audiophiles about planar speakers.
The 1.7 also boasts a quasi ribbon super tweeter with a wider “sweet spot,” and one step closer to the delicacy and detail of Magnepan’s true ribbon design.
The 1.7 was subjected to “blind testing” by a panel of audiophiles and casual listeners. In addition to better sound, there is one more important improvement that you can test for yourself—With tweeters placed on the outside, note how the imaging remains remarkably stablewhen seated off-axis. With some speakers it is necessary to sit in the “sweet spot” for good imaging.
A new, modern styling with wrap-around aluminum trim on the 1.7 is also a departure from Magnepan’s more conservative cosmetic styling. The standard wood trims of the 1.6 (as shown below) are available upon special order and an upcharge. Aluminum trim is available in silver or black or primer coat for custom finishing. Wood trim is available in natural oak, black oak or dark cherry. Fabric choices are off-white, black or dark gray.
The total design concept for the Magneplanar 1.7 results in a speaker that measures exceptionally well by all the standard criteria, but more important, sounds even better.
The 1.7 is handcrafted in the USA and made with virtually all American-made parts. The suggested USA retail price starts at $1,995 pair. There will be a modest price increase for trim and fabric upgrade options.
And if none of this has impressed you, take your Uncle Larry’s advice.
Magneplanar 1.7 Uncle Larry
Need more bass?
Put a big speaker in a small room, too much bass. Put a small speaker in big room, too little bass. In general, it is true. There is no one-size-fits-all. In an ideal world, the bass diaphragm would be like an accordion which could be expanded to exactly fit the needs of your acoustical environment.
Magnepan now provides more options for getting the bass and frequency balance just right for your particular room. The relative levels of the bass and tweeter/super-tweeter can be adjusted. If that does not achieve a smooth balance in your room, bass diaphragm area can be added with one or more Maggie Bass Panels. Click on link below for more information.
http://www.magnepan.com/DWM_and_DW_1_Woofers
If you have a high-current amplifieer, adding the Bass Panel is easy and inexpensive. Better bass for those difficult rooms and no subwoofer discontinuity issues.
How to use the DWM Bass Panel
Magnepan’s Super Model– Perhaps you have seen Sue’s grand daughter in our ads. (Sue works in the Service Dept.) Men’s Health Magazine reviewed the 1.7. Irina Shayk is not the kind of model that we would use, but we appreciate the left-handed compliment. After 43 years, Maggies are the new “cool”?
http://www.menshealth.com/techlust/irina-shayk-best-gear-2012?page=8
Trim options- (Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry. (Aluminum) Silver or black. Prices vary depending upon trim and fabric combinations.