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An interesting choice, roy, as those are two very different ... Tafka_steve
Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla? that is what you have w ... Brf
The first response is great and i agree totally with it. i w ... Mahandave
Unlike the others, i am opinionated. the speakers worthy of ... Erider
Years ago i had the room for my magnaplanar tympani 1ds. ma ... Warrenh
B&w will give you more bass punch but in the long run, maggi ... Sidssp
My gut response for your musical tastes (mostly acoustic it ... Zaikesman
First of all, I commend you on actually going out and listening, rather than just reading the latest "recommended components list". You're doing it exactly right!
Tafka Steve is spot on - ultimately, one listens with the heart, because that is where music speaks to us.
Let me toss out the idea that it may not be so much a matter of which speaker does the most things right, but rather which does the fewest things wrong. Little colorations that remind you you're not listening to the real thing are often what spoil the illusion.
Unfortunately, I can't predict whether the little glitches I'm especially sensitive to are the ones you are. I would take the Maggies because they have no boxy colorations, of which I seem to be rather intolerant.
I'd suggest you listen to the exact same piece of music on each speaker at the entire range of volume levels you expect to use at your home. Each of these speakers' tonal balance will change with volume level, so you want to make sure they sound good at the volume levels you expect to use. Also try this - turn the volume level up a bit higher than normal and walk into the next room. From the next room, you are checking the reverberant field response and the dynamic contrast. Note that from the next room, a live piano would still sound like a live piano. Realistic sound from the next room is an excellent predictor of long-term fatigue-free listening.
Best of luck in your quest!
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For what ever it's worth i prefer the maggies. if it's truly ... Unsound
Put me down as someone you don't like diana krall. nice reco ... Kana813
Thank you all for a most illuminating series of posts. i fo ... Roy3
I prefer the maggie's for many reasons. however, your room c ... Jtinn
I agree with a lot of comments here but have to say i do hav ... Audiogoon
I was not able to demo the 20,1 but am making inferences fro ... Roy3
Roy3- take a look at hiend dealer-jtinn's system and you'll ... Kana813
Thank you all for your input and advice. i decided on the m ... Roy3
That's wonderful - i wish *i* was getting a pair of those! ... Zaikesman
Congrats, roy! best of luck with your big maggies! keep us ... Audiokinesis
Your room might require some significant acoustical treatmen ... zen@