Magnepans and dogs

I used to own a pair of Proac Response 3s - loved them, and I still miss them sometimes. But during my listening sessions my dog would soon get up off the couch and head into another room. Recently I bought a pair of Maggie 1.7s. Now my dog stays in the room when I listen. And, she jumps up into the listening chair when I get up. Nothing else in the system changed - electronics are all tubes.

I am guessing this has to do with the fact that dogs are more sensitive to sounds in  high frequency ranges. Did the ProAcs sound shrill to her?

Also, my wife LOVES the Maggies. We both have always enjoyed our listening sessions. But now she hogs the listening chair and stays up late to listen to music. I think she would divorce me if I tried to sell the Maggies (only a mild exaggeration). I have read that females have better hearing than men. Plus, I'm getting up there in the years, and my hearing probably is not what it used to be. I like the Maggies too and am quite satisfied with them, but it appears not to the extent as others in my household. 

Can anyone provide a (semi-) scientific answer to this phenomenon?

PS. I am not a shill for Magnepan, just trying to understand what is going on.

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Dogs hearing is very keen in the high frequency’s. I am envious, my dog and best friend died in 2009 after 13 1/2 years of love and devotion to my wife and I. He was the best behaved dog, never got into trouble and always listened. Although my wife and I want another dog badly, we just can’t bring ourselves to take the plunge again. I doubt I could love another dog as much as I loved my deceased best friend. Sorry, this really did not answer your question.


I have felt the same way as you do now twice, and twice I was wrong. I had a female Dachshund that I loved and lost, and then a male Standard Poodle that I adored and lost suddenly one day and very unexpectedly. I have now had a second male Dachshund for 15 years, and I’m every bit as attached to him.

My point is that no dog is ever a replacement for a dog that you have loved and lost, but as long as you live, there is another dog out there somewhere that needs your love as much as you need theirs. Take the plunge when you feel up to it. You won’t regret it.

Apologies to the OP for hijacking the thread. 

No apologies necessary. I know how you feel. Dogs become a part of our families.

...but still curious about others' experience with dogs in their listening rooms.