Set Up Magnepan Speakers—Thank You Paul

Room: 23’x14.5’x9’ w/front Helmholtz corners.
Magnepan MG-II, PS-Audio Stellar Gain DAC, Stellar S300, SOL turntable, Sony D-25 CD player, Mac Mini streamer.
Paul McGowan’ “The Stereo, Unlock the Secrets to Great Stereo,” Reference Music CD.
Stage One lay the grid, two position speakers.
Three, WOW! What a soundstage! What depth! Four, refine placement and tune that Bass!


Curious. How wide is your room?
Oh duh. Sorry. Anyway. Those fit amazingly well in there. I didn’t think I could fit my 20.7 in a 14’ wide room. Maybe I could…

20.7 Maggies would do well in your room!
If not, I’ll be glad to trade with you!

It is a bit counterintuitive, but you will get better sound-staging putting those things on the long wall. The early reflections from the side wall restrict imaging and depth.

I owned MG 2.5 R and MG-20 models and did tons of experimentation over the years. Lessons learned.

If you can’t put them on the long wall, put diffusion on the side walls (not absorption).

Bruce in Philly

Yah. Right now my room is 17’ x 30’. And I’ve got someone in the household looking at other houses. Room width is always concerning

As a long time Maggie owner, the speakers are second to none IMHO especially given their price.

Something many new Maggie owners don’t realize is the room is the speaker box. Room treatment will in most situations improve sound quality by greater than half again. I’m my smaller sized room it doubled all the positive Hifi attributes while eliminating the negative.

Untreated rooms which maybe bright, placing the tweeters inside helps a lot. Likewise tweeters on the outside greatly grows the width of the soundstage presentation. I’m this configuration sound will image beyond the right/left sides of the speakers; given a good amp and DAC.

Maggie’s need to be sized to the room. I’ve seen too many people undersize their purchase saving money. Likewise some care is needed to not over purchase.

Last comment: If buying new strongly consider the lighter color fabrics. The default black looks like 2001 Space Odyssey obelisks which many women find objectionable.

Thanks for the note, Bruce-in-Philly.
My room is identical to Music Room 2 for the IRS-V at PS-Audio, same dimensions, dedicated power line, sound proofing in the walls. Paul and his team were very helpful as I built it out. Same dimensions. I’m building diffusers built that will go on the front wall. Side wall reflections are already handled.
The absolute best tweak I’ve ever do in my 50+ years as an audio enthusiast is to buy and use Paul McGowan’s book titled, “The Stereo” at PS-Audio’s web site. Get the Reference Music CD, too. I followed his guide to set up my Maggies and was stunned by the amazing difference in the musical sound’s depth and sound stage and realism!