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best placed on a solid pedestal base. As
an alternative Manger also offers the
MSMc1 stand, made of aluminium, that
can be rolled into position to achieve op-
timum alignment of a pair of monitors.
Priced at around 1300 euros per pair this
is not exactly a low-cost solution, but we
very quickly came to appreciate the ben-
efits during the course of the test. The
fine adjustment of the loudspeakers is no
problem, as Daniela Manger demonstrat-
ed to us during her visit to the studio, ex-
actly aligning the two MSMc1 speakers to
our listening position using a laser point-
er and laser spirit level (see photo on
page 78). The basic model of the stand
offers a fixed height of 88 centimetres,
measured from the base to the underside
of the loudspeaker, but Manger Products
can also supply special heights at no ex-
tra cost.
Those of you looking for the comfort of
an adjustable-height function, where
money is not an issue, can go for the
MSMc1 Lift model. The stand height can
be hydraulically adjusted by gas pressure
to any height between 780 and 1080 mil-
limetres. However, this feature will cost
you around 3270 euros per pair of stands.
Turning now to other equipment features,
namely the connections, and the controls
for volume and sound levels. The MSMc1
has an XLR socket on the input side,
and above the heat sink there is a con-
nection socket for a Speakon cable. You
can also connect the so-called MSMc1
LF Module, which is an additional pas-
sive woofer (Price per pair 1520 euros)
to take the load off the installed woofer.
The LF Module is not a subwoofer to ex-
pand the lower bass range, but shares
the bass load with the installed woofer.
In practice this results in a performance
increase particularly at high volume lev-
els, as the deflection amplitude of the
installed woofer is halved and this subse-
quently goes into the limiter. As long as
the MSMc1 is used as a nearfield moni-
tor in small productions, there is really
no need for the LF Module. According
to Manger, the MSMc1 can however be
used in larger rooms, but then more as a
midfield monitor. Here the extra passive
woofer proves to be a sensible invest-
ment to avoid having to tolerate minor
impairments in sound quality when high-
er volume levels are unavoidable. A slide
switch is fitted to the back of the monitor
for adapting to the extra subwoofer and
this allows the bass level to be reduced
by six decibels.
For connecting to a true subwoofer, the
MSMc1 naturally has a high-pass fil-
ter that kicks in at 80 Hz with a reduc-
tion of 12 dB per octave. Three further
filters are available to adapt to the con-
ditions in the listening room or produc-
tion environment. The first is a high-pass
filter, strictly speaking a shelving filter,
that is triggered at 100 Hz and allows a
reduction/increase in the range of +3 to
–6 dB. Above the slide switch that ac-
tivates it, this filter is helpfully labelled
The back of the Manger
sound transducer is also
available separately. 15
neodymium magnets of
the highest quality gen-
erate a very strong mag-
netic field of 1.32 Tesla at
an air gap no more than
0.95 millimetre wide.
This is the reason for the
very fast rise time of the
The MSMc1 LF Module is connected to the moni-
tor by Speakon cable. A slide switch on the back
panel of the MSMc1 reduces the bass level by 6
Manger MSMc1
Professional audio Magazin 3/2009
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