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warmth without the need for any ex-
treme settings. Admittedly it is doubtful
whether such finesses would still be au-
dible on audio equipment of lesser qual-
ity. But anyone intending to make or mix
recordings for playing on absolutely top-
class equipment with magnificent sound
would certainly have to seriously con-
sider such a top-class sound transducer.
And of course the Manger monitors
don’t gloss over any weaknesses. If the
starting material isn’t up to standard,
then the Manger is unforgiving. The at-
tention to detail also uncovers all of the
accompanying sound events feared by
both vocalists and instrumentalists, and
especially by sound engineers: breath-
ing noises, the scratching of the violin
bow stroke, noisy shifts, and so on. All
of this unwanted ambient noise however
is a guarantee of a certain liveliness of a
recording. To put it another way: Expe-
riencing music outside of a concert hall
from a recording is given a new realism,
it sounds more authentic and some-
how more inspired, more like a live ex-
perience. And microphone testers will
find an absolutely reliable partner in the
Manger monitors. If you want to catch
the partly subtle differences between
microphones optimised for signal fidel-
ity, then the MSMc1 operates with the
precision of a measuring instrument. It
helped to considerably shorten our test
of the Josephson C617. (The results can
be read on Page 68 of this Issue.)
Anyone who now believes that the
MSMc1 is a loudspeaker for acous-
tic, preferably classical music would be
wrong. As with every good monitor the
Manger is not choosy about the material
it has to reproduce. For example a fu-
sion electric guitar solo, recorded with
an Engl Fireball and the SPL transducer,
sounds clearly more direct and lively, as
the transients of the plectrum touch or
the movement of the fingers during a vi-
brato almost appear as a three-dimen-
sional, photo-realistic depiction. The
delicate smoothing of the touches us-
ing the new Transient Designer plug-in
in the Sonar 8 can be done by ear alone,
because the Mangers readily provide in-
formation on the effect caused by a par-
ticular control setting on the sound.
The exemplary impulse behaviour of the
MSW and of the equally high standard
subwoofer benefits good percussion
recordings. If you ever wanted to know
what your overheads can actually do and
just how crisp a natural, well-tuned and
microphoned snare can sound, then the
MSMc1 provides you with the exact in-
formation you require. Playing, recording
and listening are an enjoyable experi-
ence, and it is totally unnecessary to use
loud volume levels. Even at a very mod-
erate, kind-to-the-ears volume all of
the qualities described above are pres-
ent. Anyone working in an environment
calling for an acoustic irradiation of the
production at high volumes is welcome
to do this. The Manger can also handle
high volumes. However our experience
shows that use of the LF Module is rec-
ommended, as according to our admit-
tedly subjective listening impression, the
Manger monitor retains the same com-
posure it displays at low to medium vol-
umes.
Summary
The Manger MSMc1 is an absolutely top-
class monitor loudspeaker. The hard-to-
beat, almost three-dimensional spatial
representation, the extraordinarily high
selectivity and the completely neutral,
practically unadulterated reproduction
are unrivalled.
In the measured frequency response, measured in a not completely soundproof room under practical con-
ditions, the slight drop at 500 Hz and the slight increase above three kHz can be seen. However this does
not have any affect on the sound.
Technical Profile
Model
MSMc1
LF-Module switch
for optional woofer boost module
(-6dB reduction)
Manufacturer
Manger
Room acoustics correction switch High pass filter at 100Hz (+3, 0,
-3, -6dB)
Distribution
Manger Products,
Industriestr.17,

97638 Mellrichstadt
t+4997769816, f+4997765925
Nearfield/Cinema Screen Correc-
tion switch
Bell filter at 3.2kHz, 1 octave (+3,
0, -1.5, -3dB)
Type
Amplified two-way speakers
High Frequency Trim switch
Shelving filter at 10kHz (+2, +1,
0, -1, -2dB)
Dimensions W x D x H (mm)
270 x 424 x 495
Input and output connectors
Weight (kg)
30
Input connectors
1 x symmetrical XLR
Price (recommended retail price,
euros)
3707
Accessories
Features
Instruction manual, mains cable, optional: LF-Module (1520 euros
per pair), MSMc1 stand / c1 Lift (1360/3266 euros per pair), Holoprofil
(400 euros)
Loudspeakers
2
Special features
Dia. woofer membrane (mm)
200
Manger MSW sound transducer
Dia. tweeter membrane (mm)
Manger sound transducer
Rating
Output woofer channel
250/400 (with connected LF
module)
Finishing
Very good
Output tweeter channel
180
Features
Good
Limiter
Operation
Very good
Indicator
LED (green = ready, green/red
= limiter)
Measured values
Very good
Control switches
Sound
Very good to Outstanding
Volume/Input sensitivity
°/° (11 settings [-2.5 to +2.5dB] /
2 settings [6dBu/0dBu])
Overall rating
Top-class Very good to
Outstanding
AV filter
High pass filter (80Hz, 12dB
reduction)
Price-performance ratio
Very good
Test
Nearfield-Monitor
Manger MSMc1
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Professional audio Magazin 3/2009
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