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Magnepan 20.7 Speakers
*PRICE SHOWN IS PER PAIR*
Jonathon Valin, of the Absolute Sound magazine, is a demanding reviewer of super-expensive speakers. (For example, his critical CES coverage of $25,000 pair speakers (and up) in the April issue of The Absolute Sound.) The 20.7s got the same treatment. But, in the final analysis, he said in his blog on www.avguide.com–
“The listeners for whom the 20.7s are ideal—for whom Magneplanars have always been ideal—are absolute sound types. This Maggie’s magical ability to transport you to a different space and time and to there realistically recreate (with lifelike scope and size) the sound of actual acoustic instruments is extraordinary—and, of course, the very definition of the absolute sound. Indeed, the 20.7s come as close to achieving Harry Pearson’s goal of reproducing the sound of real instruments in real space as any speaker I’ve heard. I love ’em, but then I’ve loved and owned more Magneplanar speakers than those from any other manufacturer. If the sound absolute is what you crave (and you can live with the 20.7s’ sundry demands and peculiarities), Magnepan’s new flagships earn my highest and warmest recommendation. It almost goes without saying (since these are Maggies), but the 20.7s are also incredibly good values. Now hie thee forth and give them a long listen, and see if you don’t fall in love with them too.”
But, is there value at these prices? We are like you. We are middle-income and frugal. The price of a 3.7 seems like A LOT of money. We can’t relate to some of the equipment in Stereophile or The Absolute Sound. We would prefer to buy a new house for that kind of money. So, what is the justification for a speaker as expensive as the 20.7? Good question. You really need to hear them for yourself.
Trim options- (Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry. (Aluminum) Silver or black. Up-charge for dark cherry. Call Magnepan for details for custom finishes.
Fabric options- Off-white, black and dark grey.