Post by eddiej on Jul 6, 2014 12:04:09 GMT -5
I'm a long-time lurker here and have made a few posts. Last year I plunged into the world of Emotiva and bought some equipment (see sig). Recently, I changed over to Magnepan's MMG -W & C from Paradigms Atom bookshelf speakers. This has been largely influenced by reading posts of the many knowledgeable users here. While my system is not complete just yet, I thought I would share my opinion of my new setup.
I had to rip open one wall of my newly built home to re-install A/V and speaker cable . The installer did a terrible job - it was not to code and had poor workmanship. I prefer and my wife demands that the cables be out of sight, especially since this room doesn't have a lot of spare space to accommodate the myriad of cables. So that was the first order of business.
Mounting the L/R speakers is straightforward and simple. I followed the OEM's instructions of installing them at a height of 24 inches AFF to the bottom of the MMG-W. They are on the narrower of walls about 12 feet apart creating an equilateral triangle to the listener after toeing in approx. 20°. The MMG-C will be problematic and is awaiting installation pending arrival of a third XPA-100. Maybe we have some members who can be more clever than me. I will post pics later of our room and some of the installations.
Now to the brass tax...after temporarily hooking up the MMG-W and positioning our listening chair approximately where they would normally be and shoving some of the construction mess out of the way, we gave the MMG-W a test drive. We agree on many things: good detail and a wide but not quite open soundstage. We recognize that we'll have to tweak the angling, perhaps run EMO-Q after we get things closed up and take delivery of the third XPA-100 and let them break-in.
The only worrisome thing we couldn't tweak out with the UMC-200 crossover was the "boxiness" of the vocals. They were coloured as if they were coming out of a pair of cheap Home Theatre-Out-of-a-box. The biggest appeal to me of the Magnepan's qualities mentioned by many of their owners regardless of model was that the vocals, especially female, were open, airy and out in front. The initial outcome for me was the opposite.
We'll keep y'all posted as things shape up.
Hope everyone down south of us is having a great long Independence Day weekend.