Over the past several years Magnepan made waves by re-vamping its loudspeaker product line from stem to stern, leading to the release of (in ascending order of price and performance) the New MMG, Super MMG System, Mini Maggie System, 1.7, 3.7, and 20.7 loudspeakers. What was (and is) significant about this veritable tsunami of new products is that Magnepan typically does not revise its product line often meaning that there have been instances where models remained in continuous production for well over ten years between new updates.
But what was even more significant about those new models is that, in every single case, they offered—in every single instance—significant leaps forward, relative to their predecessors, in terms of measurable and audible performance, yet without any major increases in pricing. True, the new speakers are a little more expensive than their predecessors, but the increases are so modest and so reasonable as to seem more like “cost of living adjustments” than outright price hikes. It would be fair to say that Magnepan is obsessive about delivering terrific value for money.
In the US, Magnepan’s home market, Magneplanar loudspeakers enjoy an enviable reputation in two parts; first, they are known as outstanding performers in their respective size and price categories, but second, they are widely regarded as some of the greatest values in the entire high-end audio cosmos. Think about it: How often do you find a speaker family known for best-in-class sonic performance, but with down-to-earth pricing so sensible as to qualify as legitimate bargains?