Are there any standouts or good buys among the various lower-end Magnepan speakers over the years? My brother had a pair of MG1s that seemed rather opressively dark and warm, are any of the newer or smaller models that may have a slightly more lively presentation?
I'm kind of a hifi burnout former audiophile type, just looking for something acceptably pleasing without too much fiddling and fussing. I've drifted out of touch with the current audio scene, and live in an area where the high end is not well represented at the retail level.
I have a preference for dipoles, having lived with Quad 57s for several decades. Not only do the old Quads need some major service, but I've grown tired of their severe dynamic limitations. A lot of Magnepans seem to go for bargain-basement prices on eBay, so I was hoping to find a reasonable compromise in their model line. But I could also be persuaded to go in the direction of the Spendor BC1/SP1 or similar.
Thanks for any suggestions.