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“Room Acoustics Correction” and serves
to adapt to the listening environment. In
a way this also applies to the so-called
Nearfield/Cinema Screen filter, which is
a bell filter with two applications. When
the MSMc1 is used in nearfield the high-
er sensitivity of the human ear to higher
volumes in nearfield can be compen-
sated for by lowering the filter level and
this has been adapted to the Fletcher-
Munson curve. When the MSMc1 is be-
ing used for cinema sound mixing and
positioned behind a perforated screen,
then increasing the filter level can com-
pensate for sound losses. The third fil-
ter is again a shelving filter to influence
the high frequency range beyond 10 kHz
allowing an increase or reduction by a
maximum of + 2 dB. In practice, this high
frequency control, will be used primarily
to adapt the sound to personal prefer-
ences. During the test in the
audio Magazin
studio this control as well
as the others were set to neutral. Even
in this position the sound was very im-
pressive – just as a small foretaste of the
listening test.
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty,
i.e. to the actual sound qualities of the
MSMc1, just a brief comment on the
finishing. This is absolutely top class,
the Manger monitor is a premium loud-
speaker with unobtrusive elegance
through and through. The two rubber-
clad carrying handles are a great help
when setting up as it’s not a simple task
to lift 30 kilograms just like that. The
handles make it easy to place the loud-
speakers on their
stands or take them
down without any im-
minent danger of drop-
ping these top-quality
loudspeakers on the floor
and possibly damaging them.
As already mentioned Daniela Man-
ger personally brought the pair of MSMc1
speakers to our studio and carried out
the set-up and alignment pretty much on
her own. As with all Manger systems it is
essential that the MSW is aligned direct-
ly to the listener, and the recommended
optimum position is a more acute angle
inwards so that the theoretical axes in-
tersect directly in front of the listener.
This results in outstanding central local-
ization with a simultaneous increase in
the size of the sweet spot. In our experi-
ence it is certainly well worth the effort
to get the set-up just right.
A precision sound
After the pair of MSMc1s were perfectly
set up, Daniela Manger advised us that
she wasn’t going to say any more, and
that we should simply listen as impar-
tially as possible. We started out with a
Sonar project and played this mix. The
first spontaneous reaction of our collec-
tive editorial team was “Amazing!” The
spatiality and the precision of the point-
source localization of the instruments
involved in the musical arrangement are
quite simply impressive. There is also an
extraordinarily high selectivity that only
the best monitors can offer.
But let’s look at these aspects in turn.
Firstly, the MSMc1 stands out with a
spatial representation that we have pre-
viously hardly ever encountered in this
confident magnitude. Even the reign-
ing champion in this discipline, the Gei-
thain MO-2, has to take a bit of a back
seat here, as the Manger monitor does
not only open up the spaces and create
Graduate engineer Daniela Manger, head of Manger Products, during the fine adjustment of the pair of
MSMc1 in the studio of Professional audio Magazin.
The Manger sound transducer in its
latest design. The first versions
were made by Josef W. Man-
ger 25 years ago. The striking
star-shaped panel on the
190 millimetre plate-type
membrane serves to damp
long-wave, i.e. low fre-
quencies to prevent any
distorting reflections
from the membrane rim.
Manger MSMc1
Professional audio Magazin 3/2009
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