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    I have an urge to try out some Electrostatic/Planar speakers

    I had a lovely pair of ESL 57's many years ago and absolutely loved them but when I moved I could not site them properly so had to sell them. They were probably the best speakers I've ever heard along with Klipsch La Scalas

    Unfortunately I still cannot fit in 57's, as they are just too wide, but am considering 63's as they will fit or maybe Magneplanar, Martin Logan etc

    I am not able to have the speakers too far out in the room but can accommodate 2' from the rear wall no problem

    I have an option to buy some Magneplanars for next to nothing so might give those a try

    Just wondered what other people thought about these type of speakers and any other recommendations, thanks so much
    Bev


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    Do it Bev, Maggie for next to nothing, go on!
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    Thanks Alan yes I thought to try the Maggie as there is so little risk, have you heard them ?
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    if your getting cheap then you have little to lose and lots to gain ..ine is sounding so good i frightened to touch it
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    Yes I've had a pair, superb performance. The only reason I sold them on was the size.

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    Thanks for replies

    Do you have a pair Grant ?

    The ones I have in mind are pretty old and are not the biggest ones, I think they are about 5' tall and about 20" wide. Which one did you have Alan?

    I read that Maggies like a lot of power, I have about 80w but I don't listen at high volumes and I have no problem with size as it's only me to please
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    If you go for Quads don't get 63s, get one of the newer models, you can sometimes get them for well under a grand. Better build and sound good too.
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    No im using my own built speakers and a set of actives in parallel. Sounds odd but works. Latest oppo cd has brought best out of it. Several yards ahead of the oppo-sition. Ner. It was a pressie from Gary. A very kind one and I'm currently having his babies
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    Maggies are great. I am on my second pair, the 1.7s. Two feet from the rear wall is pushing it, but as they are only a couple of inches thick that is about the space that most speakers take up anyway. A bit of wall treatment can help, but they radiate equal amounts of energy backwards as they do forwards.

    The only caution is that they are monstrously difficult to drive. Yes, they will sound good with decent amps, but they just soak up power like a sponge. Very few amps can really get the best out them but with a good match they are awesome. Speed, superb imaging, detail and, yes, real bass slam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    If you go for Quads don't get 63s, get one of the newer models, you can sometimes get them for well under a grand. Better build and sound good too.
    Thanks for the comments Martin, are the 63's really bad then ? I did read some negative's about 63's but again I guess if they are cheap enough then maybe worth a go just to get a feel of the sound and to see if they would work in my room before moving on to something better in the electrostatic/planar field
    Bev


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