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.
“There is nothing else that sounds quite the same,” says Nick Tate in the April issue of Hi-Fi News. “The Magneplanar 20.7 appears to be some sort of magic window into the world of music.”
The Absolute Sound’s Product
of the Year Awards are the US-based magazine’s the most exclusive and prestigious honours, paying tribute to the very best components of the previous year. The award-winners are an elite bunch, since only one or two products are selected each year in just a handful of product categories.
Continue reading Flagship Magnepan loudspeaker and phono cartridges from DS Audio & van den Hul are The Absolute Sound’s Products of the Year 2017
“Magnepans don’t look like typical box speakers and don’t sound like them either,” writes Chris Martens in the March issue of Hi-Fi Plus. He means it in a good way. A very good way, in fact, having long used the company’s speakers in his reference system. Here, he reviews the new flagship 30.7 four-panel dipolar loudspeaker system.
Continue reading “World-class, a landmark design”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Magnepan’s new flagship 30.7 loudspeaker system
What do you do if you hanker after Magnepan’s soaring (and multi award-winning) flat-panel loudspeakers but you don’t have the largest of listening rooms or budgets? “We’re on it”, said Magnepan, and promptly created the .7 (‘point seven’), a scaled down version of the brand’s acclaimed 1.7 model, and now a Hi-Fi Plus 2017 Award winner.
Continue reading “Almost irresistible”: Magnepan .7 loudspeaker is a Hi-Fi Plus 2017 Award winner
US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound has just published its prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017.
Editor-in-Chief Robert Harley and his team of expert audiophile reviewers offer their top product recommendations from across the world of all things audio, along with mini-reviews of each award-winning product. First up, loudspeakers….
Continue reading Magnepan, Raidho, Gamut, Larsen & Riva loudspeakers collect multiple Editors’ Choice Awards from The Absolute Sound
Eric Neff lives within just three hours of Magnepan’s Minnesota factory, yet has harboured an unrequited goal to listen to a pair of ‘Maggies’ (as they’re known to their many devotees) for a full 30 years.
So imagine Neff’s delight when he got the call from Hi-Fi Plus to review the ‘baby’ of the range, the .7 – and when, noting his promixity, Magnepan invited him over for a full factory tour….
Continue reading “An almost holographic listening experience”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Magnepan’s Magneplanar .7 loudspeaker
It’s a common conundrum. You covet the superior sound of a high-end audio system, but you’d rather not have to take out a second mortgage to fund it. Thankfully, you don’t have to, as there are plenty of superb-sounding hi-fi components that won’t break the bank.
Bewildered by the choices on offer? Fortunately help is on hand with The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide To Affordable Audio 2016, created to help maximize your purchasing power and your hi-fi system enjoyment.
The Absolute Sound (TAS) has just published its brand new and biggest ever Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers. The 2016 edition covers all types of speakers, from floorstanders, stand-mounts and desktops to planars and horns, across a range of price brackets.
The magazine’s review team has mulled over the world’s top models and picked out a select few to provide audiophiles with an easy-to-navigate PDF guide, available as a free download.
Undeniably big yet unquestionably beautiful, the latest pair of planar magnetic loudspeakers from Minnesota-based Magnepan stand over 6.5 feet tall and are 29 inches wide. But being flat panels, they’re also cannily thin at just 2.5 inches deep.
Unlike several other flat panel speakers, ‘Maggies’ (as they’re known to devotees) are not electrostatic but ribbon loudspeakers, in which a light mylar film carries ribbon electrical conductors set between magnets. No need to plug them into the mains then.