If it come into play, and I'm sure it does, I am using the just released Peachtree Nova 500 integrated. Gobs of power and very neutral-sounding unit.
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WOW, I had no idea I get 147 comments about my A3 audition... haven’t read them all, but wanted to add that I auditioned MORE Magico speakers last week at AXPONA... and surprise, surprise, NONE impressed! I don’t mean they suck or anything, but they were NOWHERE near as good as their price may suggest! I suspect the money goes more to construction of the speakers than sound!
I listened in Magico room to M2, then in Classe room, Synergetic Research room to M3, and then A3 in another room, A3 was still dark, M3 better, but still "meh"! For instance, a tiny $1200 Elac Carina impressed more (for its size), the Harbeth was magical sounding, some of the exotic speakers in the $50-100K range were all impressive, Wilson sounded like orchestra, Vandersteen sounded like live music, Magico was like just OK!
So, either no one can set these up properly due to insane power demand they may have, or they’re just not that great or to my taste. I am now fully off Magico bandwagon and will be looking at other options in the A3 price range!
Seeing this thread title bumped up reminded me: I recently had a chance to listen again to a pair of Magicos (M3 I believe) in a very nice listening room at a dealer, hooked up to massive Mcintosh amps.
A variety of music was played, starting with some solo violin, other string stuff, jazz, etc. First impression as always with Magico: pretty vivid, detailed sound, floating free of the speaker. But tonally...I did my usual eyes closed test and asked "could I believe this is real, and if not, how does it depart?" Pertinent to the thread title: My overriding impression was that the tone was just darker than life. This was the case with everything played through them. I can imagine someone being blown away by the realism of the sound in terms of sheer detail and texture though. And the muted bell of a trumpet was fantastically portrayed, a real sense of metallic solidity. But like the A3 I heard, at least to me, the tone just didn't have an "it" factor that grabbed me either in "I want to keep listening" terms or "compared to reality."
None of that is to actually conclude "Magico's are dark." Obviously it could be just bad luck in that both places I auditioned them, with proprietors who are very experienced with Magico, just didn't pair them with the right amps. I dunno.
But in these and previous encounters I've had with Magico my personal reaction is respect and not love. They check lots of the audiophile boxes, but I have yet to hear a Magico that didn't seem sort of dry, buttoned up and sort of clinical. The music happens "over there" behind the speakers but doesn't seem to reach out and boogie.
Again...not a pronouncement on the whole line at all, just how the ones I've heard sounded.
But if the Magico sound appeals (and I wish it did to me as I was prepared to buy A3s), I'd think an owner would be in heaven, as they are mighty impressive in what they can do.