Magnepan has been manufacturing innovative, world class stereo speakers for over 35 years since Jim Winey, the inventor of the Magneplanar loudspeakers, first owned electrostatic loudspeakers and began the process of experimenting to design an improved electrostat. In 1969, Jim invented the Magneplanar, a thin-film magnetic equivalent to the electrostat and started the company Magnepan, a speaker based company currently manufacturing home theater system speakers.
Magnepan manufactures top quality home speaker systems, surround sound speakers, loud speakers, home theater speakers, audio speakers, best stereo speakers and home theater systems available through dealers in the United States and Canada. We have the audio system to meet your surround sound and amplified home theater needs.
Corporate and manufacturing facilities are located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, a small community north of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Having outgrown its original facilities, Magnepan's current plant is over 50,000 square feet in addition to corporate and engineering offices. While 35 years have passed since Jim first invented the revolutionary Magneplanar Speaker, each and every model is still designed by Jim, and to this date over 200,000 pairs of Magneplanar loudspeakers have found their way into the homes of music lovers the world over.
If you responded "yes" to both questions, then the purchase of the left/right speakers for music is your most important buying decision. For home theater, the center channel is most crucial.
One could get the impression from recent articles that all 5 speakers should be equal for digital home theater. If cost is no object, that is correct. Watch a movie with only the rear channel speakers playing, most of the time very little is going on .
While the rear channels in digital have the same capability as the left, right, and center, movie producers will continue to use the surrounds essentially for effects, keeping the majority of the audio up front with the video.
Digital surround has enhanced the quality of home theater, but for those of us who do not have unlimited budgets, it is better to apportion your speaker budget according to your musical preferences.
"Home Theater Speakers" is a term for speakers which have been designed for extremely wide dynamic range and dispersion characteristics thought to enhance the home theater experience. Reproducing the dynamic range of gun shots and car crashes, etc. has pushed speaker development in directions which do not enhance music reproduction. What has been lost along the way is resolution.
The typical high efficiency "home theater" speaker does a poor job with music played at moderate levels. Detail and inner resolution is usually lost by a speaker that is also capable of damaging your hearing. Ask the salesperson to demonstrate the system at realistic levels that you would find comfortable for a two hour movie.
Don't let a loud "action" movie demo influence your buying decision. These demos are impressive and are used to sell "home theater" speakers. "Action" scenes are exciting, but there is more to home theater sound than dynamic range.
Five channels of Magneplanars are best appreciated at the end of a movie when you realize how deeply you have become involved in the content of a movie because of the high resolution of the Magneplanars.