Originally Posted by joncirca57
I have owned both Magnepans and Martin Logans. Actually, the Maggies are made close to where I live here in MN. I realize both have their supporters. Personally, I preferred the MLs by a huge amount. I found them way more transparent, "smoother" and also to have radically better imaging. The MLs are just great with tube amps.
By the way, my audiophile days have moved from overpriced cables and tonearms to overpriced CIEMs (just kidding regarding the over priced part).
Even though the MLs have a dynamic subwoofer, you still thought the MLs sounded more transparent? I'm not too informed about speaker technologies, but wouldn't the dynamic driver have some sort of crosstalk (I think this is what it's called) with the electrostatic driver? I would have thought the uni-driver MPs would sound a bit more transparent because of this. XD
At least from my experience with electrostatic and planar magnetic headphones, I would say the electrostats tend to sound more transparent to me but their bass response is a bit lacking in control.
Originally Posted by Happy Camper
M-Ls are still mid-bass down lite. Their sub will be necessary for smooth integration of music. I use a Velodyne HGS 15 and it's not good for music but great for HT. You also have the issue of small sweet spot. But if imaging and details are your desire, they are worth an audition. I use them for my home theater and music setup. Ya wanna hear something special, listen to the beginning of Saving Private Ryan.
Interesting to hear. Yes's music doesn't have a lot of bass so if I go back to that Best Buy, I'll be sure to have music with lower notes handy. I've watched Saving Private Ryan before, but I don't quite recall the beginning.
What is HT if I may ask?