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Magnepan has been manufacturing innovative, world class stereo speakers for 47 years. Jim Winey, the inventor of the Magneplanar loudspeaker, first owned electrostatic loudspeakers and began experimenting to design an improved electrostatic speaker. In 1969, Jim invented the Magneplanar, a thin-film magnetic equivalent to the electrostat and founded Magnepan. Magneplanars are American-made with virtually all American parts. And they are proud to say– “Made in America. Sold in China”.
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The 1.7 is a departure from Magnepan’s 41-year history of using planar magnetic drivers for the bass or lower midrange. The use of quasi ribbon technology down into the lower midrange and bass will provide a new level of coherence. The 1.7i is a 3-way, full-range, quasi-ribbon design with a quasi-ribbon bass/ midrange, tweeter, and super-tweeter.
After a 12-year history, reaching a near-iconic standing, the Magneplanar 1.6 has been improved with value engineering. No costly tweaks of questionable sonic value. Magnepan is all about better ideas which give verifiable, high-value sonic improvements. All members of a listening panel chose the 1.7 or the 1.6 in a blind listening test.
What is a quasi-ribbon? The quasi ribbon driver is a deviation from the true ribbon design. A very thin film backing is used to hold the delicate ribbons in place. One of the advantages of quasi ribbon drivers is extremely wide frequency band width and high power handling. The result in the 1.7 is low distortion and seamless ribbon clarity–a sound so clear and effortless that it has changed the thinking of thousands of audiophiles about planar speakers.
The 1.7 also boasts a quasi ribbon super tweeter with a wider “sweet spot,” and one step closer to the delicacy and detail of Magnepan’s true ribbon design.
|System Description||3-Way, full-range, quasi-ribbon speaker.|
|Frequency Response||40Hz–22kHz” +/- 3dB|
|Sensitivity||86 dB, 500Hz, 1 meter, 2.83V|
|Impedance||Nominal 4 Ohms|
|Dimensions||19-1/4″ X 64-1/2″ X 2″|
|Warranty||LIMITED. 3 Years to Original Owner|
|Shipping Weight||95 lbs.|
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