Review : Magnepan 0.7
Posted on 25 February 2015
Magnepan 0.7 Loudspeakers reviewed in The Absolute Sound by Julie Mullens
Read the full review here : http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/magnepan-7-loudspeaker/
But before you start thinking we’re entering some sort of hi-fi utopia, know that while this design eliminates some variables from the equation, it also brings with it other demands and considerations.
For one, the .7s are a bit power-hungry: They require an amplifier capable of driving a low-sensitivity 4-ohm load. I listened first with a tube amp, but definitely heard better results with a solid-state one. Why? The tube amp gave almost too much leeway to the bass, making it less clearly defined. This also left the upper midrange more exposed (i.e., a shade bright). Some might like the more forward projection (not unlike what you’d hear from horn loudspeakers) of tubes, but I liked the more blended, balanced feel of the solid-state amp, so I stuck with that for most of my listening.
At a tough-to-beat price point that would make even the thriftiest loudspeaker lovers open their wallets, the .7s become even more attractive when you consider that Magnepan is also offering a 30-day in-home trial and a money-back guarantee. Whether you’re in the market for a starter pair of high-quality speakers, or have the proverbial champagne taste on a beer budget (or both!), why wouldn’t you consider these babies? They’re terrific.