“Real budget esoterica is few and far between,” says audiophile, gifted violinist and hi-fi reviewer Rafael Todes. And US brand Magnepan’s quasi-ribbon LRS (‘Little Ribbon Speaker’) loudspeaker “properly fits the bill”. Continue reading “Blown away”: StereoNet reviews Magnepan’s ‘budget’ LRS loudspeaker
What do you do if you covet Magnepan’s soaring flat panel loudspeakers but don’t have the largest of listening rooms? “We hear you”, said the Minnesota-based brand, and created the .7 (‘point seven’), a scaled down version of its acclaimed 1.7 model. Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood thinks this is “easily the best loudspeaker available” at it price point and urges you to give it a listen. Continue reading “Extraordinary sound quality”: Hi-Fi World says the Magneplanar .7 “is a loudspeaker you should know about”
“Proof that big, high-end sound can come out of more affordable loudspeakers, just as long as they aren’t boxes!” says reviewer Eric Neff of Magnepan’s “innovative” Magneplanar panel design, which uses a two-way quasi ribbon drive unit configuration to make a loudspeaker that looks more like a screen than a speaker.
If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to enter the realm of Magnepan’s superb flat panel, planar magnetic loudspeakers, then look no further. The new Magneplanar LRS (‘Little Ribbon Speaker’) is just your ticket.
Magnepan’s flagship 30.7 loudspeaker is a giant in every sense of the term. It’s a four-way, four panel titan of a design that stands more than two metres tall, with a sound quality that has earned both ecstatic reviews and highly prestigious awards.
But since you need a BIG space for this loudspeaker, the 30.7 isn’t for everyone. Perhaps it should be though, says Magnepan…
This December sees one of the largest ever issues of Hi-Fi Plus magazine, which is devoted to the magazine’s annual Awards. Our wider world may be in turbulent times, but “the level of innovation and intuitive design that has gone into recent audio products is hugely uplifting,” says editor Alan Sircom. So, while we may not all have access to ‘cost-no-object’ budgets, we can still rest assured that these categories of award-winning models are contributing to the advancement of hi-fi and hence the musical enjoyment of us all.
Now in it’s seventh year, the unique high-end audio extravaganza that is Hi-Fi Show Live went from strength to strength this year, with its move to a spectacular new venue: the vast but elegant Ascot Grandstand. Exclusive product launches, packed workshops and a raft of superb sonic demonstrations were the name of the game this October.
Each year, the expert team at Hi-Fi News brings us the magazine’s audio highlights of the previous 12 months – “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2018.” In the bumper 108-page Yearbook issue, “the very best that hi-fi has to offer” includes source components from DS Audio, Soulines and Timestep, amplifiers by Exposure, loudspeakers from Raidho and Magnepan and cables by Furutech.
Earlier this year Chris Martens published a favourable preview of Magnepan’s new top-of-range loudspeaker in Hi-Fi Plus (issue 157). Now, as the 30.7 nears full production, he revisits the flagship ‘Maggie’ in view of an important change to this “remarkable design achievement”.
It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.