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MartinLogan Motion 12 vs Magnepan MMG

Hi there,

I sware I've googled this all over the web, but really can't find good head-to-head compare of these two (maybe it's no brainer??). Would you offer me some help to decide which suits me better if not considering the price difference?

Here is my situation: I intend to use it to listen to music, and mostly classical, jazz and some pop. Not a huge fan for a lot of bass. My room is fairly big to fit either.

Any suggestions are welcomed, thank you in advance.

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Comparison

The two respective speakers are so different there really can't be any comparison other than price. The ML's with the exception of the pleated tweeter are cone based front firing box based speakers. The MMG's are dipolar planar magnetics with no cones at all. I suggest you audition them and decide for yourself.

I believe the Motion 12's can be auditioned at a Best Buy that has a Magnolia sub store. You can audition the MMG's by getting them direct from Magnepan with a 30 day full refund return policy.

Personally the MG-12's are my choice for speakers that cost around $1000 a pair. Magnepan dealers stock them. The MMG's are only available direct from Magnepan. The MG-12's are larger, have better bass and will be a better fit in a larger room. The MMG's are actually an insidious and successful plot by Magnepan to get you hooked on their product line.

Only available direct from the factory, 30 day return for full refund. 100% trade in value if traded in on a larger pair of Maggy's within a year.   

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Thanks for the reply!

Would you recommend MMG rather than Motion12 for music listening?

JoeE SP9 wrote:

The two respective speakers are so different there really can't be any comparison other than price. The ML's with the exception of the pleated tweeter are cone based front firing box based speakers. The MMG's are dipolar planar magnetics with no cones at all. I suggest you audition them and decide for yourself.

I believe the Motion 12's can be auditioned at a Best Buy that has a Magnolia sub store. You can audition the MMG's by getting them direct from Magnepan with a 30 day full refund return policy.

Personally the MG-12's are my choice for speakers that cost around $1000 a pair. Magnepan dealers stock them. The MMG's are only available direct from Magnepan. The MG-12's are larger, have better bass and will be a better fit in a larger room. The MMG's are actually an insidious and successful plot by Magnepan to get you hooked on their product line.

Only available direct from the factory, 30 day return for full refund. 100% trade in value if traded in on a larger pair of Maggy's within a year.   

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I've only heard the Motion 20 and was frankly underwhelemed.

However, in fairness, I did not listen to MMGs and the Motion speakers side by side and have lived with MMGs for so long I may have a builtin bias. I'd listen to both before making a decision. They are available for audition in the manner JoeE SP9 indicated.

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Very helpful

Thanks for your comments! I tried but seems Magnolia no longer has Motion12 -- seems discontinued.

I'll definitely give MMG a try:)

jackfish wrote:

However, in fairness, I did not listen to MMGs and the Motion speakers side by side and have lived with MMGs for so long I may have a builtin bias. I'd listen to both before making a decision. They are available for audition in the manner JoeE SP9 indicated.

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MMG's

According to all the reports, Magnepan has very few returns of the trial MMG's. IMO that's quite significant

Although there is disagreement about break in of many things including speakers, there is almost universal agreement that speakers from Magnepan need a break in. At around 40 hours they start sounding good. It may take up to 100 hours before they sound their best. Of course, the exact time depends on the type of music and the volume you use for listening. 

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Thanks for the information,

Thanks for the information, your help is very much appreciated!

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