Magneplanar Mini Maggie System
Put a 3.7i on your desk
We'll tell you right up front---The Mini Maggie System is NOT a practical "computer speaker". However, if you follow our specific setup procedures, you will agree with the press that this is "The World's Best Desk Top System"
Yes, the Mini Maggie System is essentially a 3.7i in miniature. No, it is NOT a "computer speaker". (And it wasn't made in China). The Mini Maggie System is the world's first full-range dipole speaker system that will sit on (and under) your desk. The Mini Maggie ("satellite") is essentially a miniaturized version of the 3.7i midrange and tweeter. The bass panel of the miniaturized 3.7i sits under your desk in the foot-well.
For Christmas gift recommendations, Steve Guttenberg said-- "The Mini (Maggie) is, hands down, the best-sounding desktop speaker you can buy." ("Awesome-sounding audio gift ideas", Dec. 17, 2011)
We readily agree that it is rather expensive for a "computer speaker". But, if Chris Martens is right and it is "The World's Best Desktop Speaker System", then it is a "steal" to have 3.7i sound on your desk. Before you will believe that, you will need to hear it in an environment for which it was intended--and in your home on a home trial.
The Mini Maggies are like all Magneplanars. They sound best when they have room to "breathe" on your desk. Give them room and you will be richly rewarded for your effort.
If you have prior experience with panel speakers, you know they will not produce bass if the panel is flat against a wall or solid surface. Dipole bass drivers sound best when they have an open space BEHIND the dipole speaker to "breath". The photo below is an ideal scenario. Note that the rear wave of the Bass Panel plays into the room without impediment. And the top of the short front panel ("modesty panel") acts a bass baffle to reduce dipole cancellation and increase deep bass output. (Placing one side edge of the Bass Panel against a barrier accomplishes similar results.) Once you get the Bass Panel and Mini satellites to work together, you'll understand why it is hard to go back to dynamic woofers.
Small room monitor speaker
We are frequently asked if the Mini Maggie System can be used in lieu of one of our larger models. Yes, but we err on the side of caution. There is a good reason why line-source drivers are big. We suggest that you view the Mini Maggie System as a solution to a installation dilemma---especially well-suited for near-field listening in a VERY small room on speaker stands when used with two DWM Bass Panels. But, we don't want unhappy customers if it turns out that your particular installation or room acoustics are not compatible with a Mini Maggie System. "Buyer's remorse" is bad for business.
Description 3-Way, True Ribbon/Planar-Magnetic
Freq. Resp. 40 - 40 kHz
Sensitivity 86dB / 500Hz / 2.83v
Impedance 4 Ohm
Dimensions of Mini Maggie. 14 H x 9.5 W x 1.25 D
Available in cherry, natural or black solid oak trim with off-white, grey or black fabric.