In 1981, I brought a second hand pair of MG-1s. Over the next 35 years I owned another 4 pairs of Magnepans. I went from the 1s to 1Cs and then to 1.4s. After that I owned 1.6s and finally 1.7is. Each time I changed speakers, I would listen to other brands but I always ended up buying the Magnepans.
As my retirement approached, I realized I was going to need something that would work in a smaller space. I found a local dealer who sold Harbeths. I started by auditioning the 30.1. Great speaker! A couple weeks later, I went back and listened to the 7ES. Another great speaker!! A couple weeks later, I listened to the SHL5 Plus and I realized that was the one the checked all my boxes.
I spent the next year auditioning amplifiers and eventually settled on the Leben CS600X. With the music I enjoy, the combination is simply sublime. I don’t miss the Maggies at all. Having said that, Magnepans are wonderful speakers; they do so many things so well. It’s easy to get hooked. I enjoyed every minute I spent with them.
My point is, there are many great speakers. They are not going to have all the strengths of Maggies but they will thrill you in new and different ways. You need to take your time and audition everything you can. Find the ones that work their magic for you.
It’s a journey; enjoy it.