The 3.6, too. It's been around for ten years! I admire such longevity, but isn't it also due for an upgrade?
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Magnepan had one of the most impressive demos at CES/The Show this past year with their new tiny panels, which were supplemented by a woofer cabinet. These are small, lightweight panels about a foot in height. The demo was blind and the audience sat in front of a sheer curtain with darkness on the other side where the speakers were. I'm sure no one expected the source of the very convincing presentation to be those tiny panels that were revealed, after playing various cuts of music, by turning on the lights on the other side of the curtain. You should be able to find some further input online, in the rags, and perhaps here in the forums on that demo. Not a replacement for the 1.6, but definitely new and different.
Yes, I saw that Magnepan panel/woofer demo at a high end store mfr's open house in Feb. Verrrry impressive. I wish Magneplanar would get those panels and that wonderful separate woofer productized, priced, and distributed.
With the right price, those panels could revolutionize the way we listen to music, and bring high performance and WAF together once and for all.
Those little Maggies may sound great, like many small cone-based monitors, but the spatial character of planar speakers will be lost. This may not be evident in the environment of a small demo room.
The room the demo'd in at The Show was quite large and had pretty tall ceilings (I would estimate the room at around 20X30 with 10 foot ceilings, unless my memory is off). The soundstage they threw was very convincing there. The seating spread of the audience was quite wide and deep and I walked around that space a bit during the demo. The soundstaging was very good wherever I stood in the listening area. I'm guessing you know, but of course they are not cone-based monitors, they are small panels, supplemented by individual woofers in a conventional cabinet. No, they don't move as much air as their larger speakers do (I've listened to 20.1's and 3'6's at length), how could they? In their own right, they are very impressive in their presentation of music, regardless. I do not think they'll be competitors for those seeking the impact and refinement of the larger panels, but there will definitely be a market for them. They certainly would have a very high WAF, though the woofer cabinets make for small coffee tables.