I heard them with some Mac gear. I wasn't impressed.
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I agree, they are really that good.
I have owned Maggies for years, and 2 things:
1) I'm biased obviously, but I think nothing within twice the price comes close, and
2) Mac Gear NEVER sounds good with Maggies, I've always thought it a bad match. That said, there's a lot of speakers that sound great with Mac Gear.
Like the 1.7s? You'll love a pair of heavily modded 1.6s......Wood frames to replace the MDF and rotated to pole piece forward. Some even modify the crossover. And I mean an all-new design
For the price difference, if you are at all handy with wood, you can do it for about the same $$ and have a better speaker.
I always wondered about Mac and Maggie.....What's the problem? I've heard of bunches of combos with either....but NEVER together!
The bass is there. Just not down to sub basement levels like a good sub.
for MOST music this is no problem. Lowest note on a non-Bosendorfer Piano is about 27hz, so LOTS of speakers considered audiophile won't do it.
Pipe organ? down to a nutty 16hz. How many full range speakers will do THAT?
Good setup in a proper room helps all speakers....even those pesky panels.
I had the Mac 501's with my Maggie 3.6R's for about 2 weeks and the combo sounded muddy, slow, and the top end was very etched and harsh.
That said, those excellent amps found a quick home at a friends house with his big B & W's and sound absolutely stellar. Strong, huge bass, crystal clear highs.
Differt horses for different courses.
I do love Mac preamps with Maggies. I use Cary because it's a bit warmer sounding, and I like that with the Maggies.