CNET’s “The Audiophiliac” Steve Guttenberg (no relation) calls the Magnepan 3.6/R his “Speakers of the Year”:
The sheer believeability of the sound can be, at first, a little jarring. The ribbon tweeter is so much more realistic sounding than any dome tweeter I’ve ever heard. Cymbal crashes sound like crashes. The treble dynamics/impact/vibrancy are absolutely state of the art. So much so returning to box speakers can be a letdown, they sound smaller, more contained, and well… boxier.
They’re in the “You paid what?” range of home audio options, though, at $5,400 a pair. A cheaper option from the same manufacturer, the MMG, goes for just $700.
I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $250 for a set of speakers — I’ve got two 5.1 sets in the house, one from Logitech and one from Yamaha — but I’m open to the possibility that these sound a lot better. Hopefully with an emphasis on “a lot”.