C/Nets: Speaker of the year: Magnepan 3.6/R
It's just 1.5 inches thick, but 71 high; anyway you look at it, the Magnepan 3.6/R is an amazing speaker.
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STEREOPHILE's RAVE review @
he MG3.6/R's immediate predecessor, the
MG3.5/R, was a breakthrough product for Magnepan. It was a huge
commercial success, and established a spectacular new level of
performance for Magnepan in terms of dynamics and transparency. As if
that weren't enough, the 3.6/R comes right on the heels of the MG1.6/QR,
another huge success, and an industry-wide benchmark for performance in
a $1500 loudspeaker. I reviewed the 1.6/QR in January 1999; it is the
least expensive speaker in Class B of Stereophile's "Recommended Components," and one of the least expensive to ever appear there.
Months before the MG3.6/R was even introduced at the 1999 WCES, a buzz
permeated the Internet about "the new Magnepan," and I received a steady
stream of e-mail messages asking about it. "Is the 3.6 as good as I've
heard? Is it really all of the updates developed for the 1.6, now
applied to the 3.5?"
The MG3.6/R's highs were nothing short of
superb. Piccolos were pure and clear, and maintained all their detail
and sharp metallic cut all the way to the top of their range—and without
getting hard or steely. Solo violins were delicate and sweet, and high,
massed violin crescendos had tremendous power and presence, but never
crossed over into a hard, unnatural screech. Cymbals are perhaps the
best example, and the Maggie unfailingly had exactly the right balance: a
rich, bell-like tone at the center, a palpable sense of waves of
overtones emanating from the cymbals' vibration, and, surrounding it
all, a cloud of shimmer that seemed to permeate the entire space.
Great Expectation No.5: Dynamics! From the subtlest micro-shading to the most explosive crescendo:
Another longtime Magnepan bugaboo has been the need to play them loud
to get a sense of realism. The MG3.5/R and 1.6 were dramatic
improvements over the previous models in their ability to reproduce
large dynamic transients, but they still lacked the nth degree of resolution at the pppp
end of the scale. With the MG3.6/R, Magnepan seems to have eradicated
this shortcoming. Big crescendos were startling in their power, as were
drum sets, particularly rimshots and toms.
At the other end of
the scale, when the 3.6/Rs were paired with a muscle amp like the Classé
monoblocks, they did a first-rate job of capturing microdynamic
shadings. On "What a Dif'rence A Day Made." from her Never Make Your Move Too Soon
(Concord Jazz CCD-4147), Ernestine Anderson often floats the faintest,
subtlest traces of vibrato on the very last breath of notes. A lot of
speakers, even some excellent dynamic models, can't capture that
vibrato, but the 3.6/R did it beautifully. I'd often find myself holding
my breath, just to make sure I didn't miss these delicate whispers.
Great Expectation No.6: Transparency: no opacity, no texture:
For all their great strengths, Magnepan speakers have always suffered
from a slight opacity. The MG3.5/R and 1.6/QR were spectacular
advancements in this regard, retaining only faint vestiges of a slightly
filmy texture. The 3.6/R is another big step in this direction, its
transparency rivaling that of the best cone-type speakers I've heard.
This showed up in added purity through the midrange and upper midrange,
slightly more complex harmonic mixes, and improved dimensionality. The
improved transparency was most apparent, perhaps, in how it helped
expand and remove congestion in the back half of the soundstage. The
MG3.6/R was the best I've heard at opening up the spaces between
trumpets, for example, and maintaining their size and detail.
The flip side of the 3.6/R's transparency, however, was that it wasn't
nearly as forgiving as earlier Magnepans. Even the 3.5 wouldn't penalize
a listener too much for their choice of upstream components, as long as
they included a clean, powerful amplifier. With the 3.6/R, I had to be a
lot more careful. My Ultech and Parasound CD players just didn't cut
it, for example, and until the SimAudio and Oracle players showed up, I
listened almost exclusively to vinyl—and had to scrupulously level,
adjust, tweak, and warm up my TNT. Selecting cables became an agonizing
series of trials and tradeoffs. Even my beloved VTL Ichibans became a
limiting factor, ironically contributing a touch of haze of their own.
Ditto the Mark Levinson No.20.6s, which had a slightly dark, liquid
presence. It was only when I installed the Classé CAM-350 monos and
optimized the setup around them that I truly appreciated the MG3.6/R's
Okay, I'm a Magnepan guy. I've
owned several pairs over the years, and I absolutely flipped over the
MG3.5/R. In these pages, I pronounced the 1.6/QR "one of the great audio
bargains." Nowhere were expectations for the MG3.6/R higher than in my
listening room. And, point by point, the 3.6/R delivered.
3.6/R builds on the great strengths of the 3.5/R, and successfully
incorporates some of the magical touches that transformed the 1.6/QR
into such a small wonder. Its re-creation of the original soundstage and
recording environment are incredible, and with the latest improvements,
its dynamics, resolution, and transparency approach those of the very
best speakers I've heard.
The 3.6/R does need to be driven by a
good, powerful amplifier to sound its best, and will clearly reveal the
weaknesses of upstream components. But when all the pieces are in place,
The 3.6/R is unquestionably better than the
3.5/R—stronger, more articulate, and better integrated. It's not a
quantum step, though, so 3.5/R owners needn't feel the need to
immediately dump their speakers in the "garage sale" pile and upgrade.
Similarly, the 3.6/R is a substantially better speaker than the 1.6/QR,
in every way. It's flatter, more refined, much better at the frequency
extremes—the list goes on. However, if bucks are really, really tight, I
suggest you opt for the 1.6/QR, invest the difference in upgrades
elsewhere in the system, and not lose any sleep about it.
on its own, however, the Magnepan Magneplanar MG3.6/R is a sensational
speaker, and, at $3750/pair, very reasonably priced. In some respects
it's the best speaker I've heard, period. Even in the areas where it's
perhaps not the very best, it's awfully close—even when the very best is
several times more expensive. Some speakers I admire, some I like...the
Magnepan MG3.6/R, I think I'll keep. Very highly recommended!
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