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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 .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 .7 is a 2-way, full-range, quasi-ribbon design with a quasi-ribbon bass/midrange and tweeter.
The Quasi Ribbon Driver
The quasi ribbon driver is a variation on the original true ribbon design. The true ribbon, as shown below, is a very simple device. The ultra-thin aluminum foil carries the current from the amplifier and is also the means of moving the air to create sound. No voice coil. No cone. No surround. No box. Nothing except the ribbon.
The quasi ribbon is ANY variation from the original true ribbon—and there are many. The Magneplanar quasi ribbon is simply a true ribbon on a mylar film. This design is very rugged and cost-effective with very wide bandwidth. Many of the best high-end headphones use planar magnetic quasi ribbon drivers. You will recognize the sonic similarity of a Magneplanar and planar magnetic quasi ribbon headphones.
Both the Magneplanar true ribbon and quasi ribbon drivers eliminate the need for a transformer—nothing between the amplifier to degrade the sound. Ribbon drivers are non-reactive and act like a simple resistor to the amplifier. While Magneplanars do require an amplifier with the ability to drive a 4 ohm load, the non-reactive load will allow an amplifier to perform at its best.
The Magneplanar direct-coupled ribbon tweeter has no equal in high frequency sound reproduction. With its 360 degree radiating dipole design, the Magneplanar ribbon tweeter is found in our award winning 3.7i and 20.7 speakers. At 1/10th the thickness of a human hair, the Magneplanar ribbon tweeter sets a standard for high resolution. You’ll find yourself hearing details in the music you never heard before.
Audiophile reviewers have long regarded the Magneplanar true ribbon tweeter as the best on the market. You can be the final judge. Compare the Magneplanar true ribbon against the most expensive dynamic speakers on the market.
|System Description||2-way, quasi-ribbon speaker.|
|Frequency Response||45Hz–22kHz” +/- 3dB|
|Sensitivity||86 dB, 500Hz, 1 meter, 2.83V|
|Impedance||Nominal 4 Ohms|
|Dimensions||15 1/4 W” X 54 1/4 H” X 1 1/4 D” inches|
|Warranty||LIMITED. 3 Years to Original Owner|
|Shipping Weight||76 lbs.|
(Wood) Natural or black solid oak, dark cherry.
(Aluminum) Silver or black
Off-white, black and dark grey.
The .7 also has an optional oval base.
*Prices vary depending upon trim and fabric combinations.