by Chris Martens| Jun 25, 2018 The White Bear Lake, Minnesota-based loudspeaker manufacturer Magnepan never takes the launch of a new flagship model lightly and this is especially true in the case of the recently released four-panel 30.7 dipolar loudspeaker system ($30,000/pair in the US). For readers who have never seen Magnepan loudspeakers in the flesh, it helps to know that they are tall, wide, thin, and completely ‘boxless’ dipolar, panel-type speakers that look much like tasteful

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by TAS Staff | Oct 13th, 2017 GoldenEar Technology Triton Five $1999 Sandy Gross, the proprietor of GoldenEar, may be the Babe Ruth of reasonably priced loudspeakers. With the Triton Five, the gregarious Gross has hit yet another one out of the park. Named after the sea god Triton who could calm or rouse the waves by blowing on his conch, the Triton has a similar quality. It’s a remarkably low-distortion design that belts out Led

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by Jonathan Valin | Oct 07th, 2017 Over the years I’ve listened to just about every loudspeaker that Jim Winey’s fabled Minnesota company Magnepan has engineered and manufactured. I’ve also owned more Magneplanars than any other kind of loudspeaker. Why? Because from the moment I first heard the Tympani 1-Us in Basil Gouletas’ Chicago apartment back in 1973—and I’ve written about that paradigm-changing moment repeatedly—I haven’t been able to get past the realism with which these

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by Mr Eric Neff | May 03, 2017 “Hey, come here! You have to hear these things!” So said one of my friends in our early audio days. “These” turned out to be the Magnepan Magneplanar Tympani full-range quasi-ribbon big-as-a-room-divider flat panel speakers from decades ago. Walking into the room at the audio dealer, my first thought was “where are the speakers?” Instead I was looking at something taller than me, thin, and three-panels wide, like

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by TAS Staff | Dec 12th, 2016 Monitor Audio Gold 300 $5700 Monitor Audio, a forty-plus-year-old UK-based manufacturer, is one of the pioneers of metal-driver technology. Melding impressive sound with cool-looking functional design, the surfaces of its proprietary C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) alloy metal-dome bass and midrange drivers are dimpled with small, round indentations in a graduated pattern that makes them resemble a kind of space-age honeycomb. Sonically, the Gold 300 tends towards a relatively “bottom-up”

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by Chris Martens| Nov 11, 2010   SONIC CHARACTER As I thought about this section of the review, two key words that came up over and over again in my listening notes were “cohesiveness” and “coherency,” which I feel are the two defining characteristics of the Magnepan on-wall system. With many speaker systems you will hear subtle (or perhaps not-so-subtle) sonic discontinuities that remind you that you are, after all, listening to collections of disparate drive

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