I have discovered Maggies. What didn't I hear these 10 years ago? Toronto, Canada isn't that remote.
Anyhow. The remark here that they caused the user to abandon forever box speakers of all descriptions is now one that I can comprehend completely.
My only problem is this..... I have the MMGs set up in my 20x14x9ft-high livingroom as I write. The sound (coupled with a sub) is utterly sublime.
The point of comparison, in this case, are a pair of Spendor A9s and ProAc Response 1SCs, which I hauled into the living room from elsewhere in the house.
There is no comparison. And it's not the case that I have "ribbon" ears or "maggie" ears. It's certainly true that ones ears do "accomodate" to speakers, such that, obviously, you can get accustomed to a certain type of speaker for certain types of music, and then THAT becomes the "objective truth", so to speak.
But that's exactly the opposite of what happened in my case. I just happened to hear these things; practically by accident as it were, and immediately preferred them over anything and everything I had ever heard. So my ears had to do a 180; and they did.
Now I have all this expensive speaker stuff that must be resigned to the dust bin of speaker technology.
But I have a bigger problem. The shop where I picked up the MMGs also demoed for me the 1.7s and the 3.7s. I must confess--yup it's a confession--I could not discern a palpable difference in mid and high frequency quality. The only obvious distinction was in the bass, and in the admittedly much bigger and more encompassing sound of the larger Maggies.
I'm I wrong in this? I'm I perhaps a little hard of hearing? Are the 1.7 and 3.7 clearly and distinctly (as Descartes puts it) Better in the mids and highs than the MMG????