Magnepan's 1.7i c/w 2 DWM bass panels v 3.7i


Hi,

Would a pair of Magnepan's 1.7i's with two Magnepan  DWM Bass Panels be the equivalent or perhaps better than a pair of 3.7i's without Bass Panels?
The reason I ask is that in the near(ish) future I am thinking the possibility of adding a secondary system. I have set a budget, well the budget has really been set for me really of about 10k, to Include speakers, amp, cd player. Any thoughts/views/experiences would be greatly appreciated. I have set my mind on a pair of Magnepans.
I recently got out an aged pair of MG1's that I have had stored away for a long time, and I liked the way they portray music, I want 'more' of the same, as it were.

Thanks in advance.

gawdbless
The 3.7's are simply better especially because they have the true ribbon tweeter. Maybe the best tweeter in the world. Also the bass from the 3.7 is better than the combo you are referring too. If the 3.7's are too expensive look for a nice pair of used 3.6's
Alan
ahendler took the words right out of my mouth and is absolutely correct. I would only add that the 3.7i offers a real improvement over earlier versions in dynamics and more seamless driver integration.
Agree with the above, however the 3.7i with (2) DWM would be the best :-)  Just trying to spend your money for you.
Thanks for your replies, I have come up with this for starters...

3.7i- $6475;
Emotiva XPA-2 Amp  $719;
Morrow Speaker/Interconnects Bundle $430
Morrow MAP1 Power Cords x 2 $318;

Which would leave approx. $2000 for a CD player. 


 
Unless the CD player has a controllable variable output, you'll need a preamp also.
oops, my mistake, I thought the Emotiva was an Integrated amp.....
Depending on your room size the 3.7i's without the DWM base modules would be the way to go. IMHO stay away from class D amps with the 3.7i and 20.7i's. I had a REF 5SE preamp with some ARC DS450M ($12k) mono-blocks and couldn't get the magic that 3.7i's were capable of. Recently switched to a pair of PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium HP's with 16 KT150 tubes and couldn't be happier.
I had a pair of Emo xpa 1l monos that kept blowing driving my Maggie 1.7 not sure on how the xpa-2 would match up. Switched to a Parasound Halo and everything is great. Also upgraded to 3.7i a big step up from the 1.7.
You can go used and save a few thousand on the speakers.