Magnepan CC5 Center Channel Speaker
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Magnepan CC5 Speaker
The CC5 is the “trickle-down” of the technology from our flag ship CCR center channel speaker. . The CC5 employs a horizontal, curved quasi-ribbon midrange/tweeter and quasi-ribbon super-tweeter. No dynamic woofers are employed. When used with a flexible bass management system or Magneplanar Woofer, the illusion of a large Magneplanar in the center is possible for the most important speaker in a system home theater. All speaker companies must deal with the same issues for home theater. The space and height available for the center channel speaker is dictated by the video. For a speaker designer, it is the equivalent of “tying one arm behind their back.” The center channel speaker does approximately 60-70% of the “heavy lifting”. It is ironic that the most important speaker for home theater has major design constraints. Magnepan’s solution to this dilemma was to employ all three speakers (front left, center and right) to work together to create the illusion of a large Maggie in the center. Most ribbon and electrostatic speaker companies employ a dynamic midbass coupler to cover the range between the subwoofer and the ribbon or electrostatic driver. In our opinion, that is an unacceptable compromise for the most important speaker in the home theater system.