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RE: Subwoofer(s) not required......

Love your set-up, and I don't think it's sterile looking at all. In fact it's very color coordinated with design complimenting function.

Alas, my 3.7i based system veers off in an entirely different direction, but that's because we have differing requirements. I'm in total agreement about Mye stands, which provide rigidity and directional control (tilt) that's much superior to than Magneplanar supplied feet or alternatively designed oval base. OTOH, my listening room is adapted rather than dedicated, also serving as living room for guests and HT entertainment.

Which brings up an interesting point that hasn't been discussed about music listening preferences. You mentioned Steely Dan's Aja, which is an excellent example of a well produced album with good dynamic range, but not the best representation of highly energized music with bass slam. I'm curious as to how other familiar albums that are known for heavier bass content would fare in your system without benefit of a well integrated sub.

Maggie's do most things extremely well (in fact, better than any speakers I'm aware of at their price point), but deep bass isn't something Magnepan emphasizes in promotional literature. The 3 series speakers do produce excellent bass fundamentals to a point, but there are limits, especially in larger repurposed rooms. This is where I'd imagine a smaller dedicated listening room with well thought out acoustical treatments pays the biggest dividends.

I should probably add that those with larger and/or multi-purposed rooms who either lack the capabilities or inclination to bi-amp their system can take solace in the fact that with proper selection and placement there are subs that integrate well 3 series Maggies. In fact, one might conclude that a meticulously set-up 3 series Maggie system with sufficient power and well integrated sub(s) is just a poor man's 20 series system without subs.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need a moment to relocate behind some lead shielding while awaiting the forum radiation levels to subside. (LOL).

Room/System configuration: 22'x22'x20', three feet from back wall, approx. 10 degree toe-in, 5 degree tilt, inside tweeter alignment. Last time I checked, my system profile ...CD, SACD, BD sources, pre & power, subwoofer... was current, but I'll double check later.


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