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It sounds like you’re looking for similar qualities as me before I started building my current system. My ears are senstive to any shrillness or distortion which tends to induce listener fatigue, so with my system I aim for a sound which is natural, warm, enveloping and engages me like a live event. But also draws me in and makes me want to sit down for a long listening session.
I like YG, but personally prefer Magico. The best amps I found for synergy with Magico are Vitus and Soulution, though Pass XA.8 and XS series and Absolaire also pair well. Or if you’re into tubes, Myles Astor swears by the CJ Gat/Art amps with his S5’s.
In the Magico line, the new S5 Mk2 is the one to own, or if your budget doesn’t extend that far, you may want to wait for the current S3 to be brought up to Mk2 spec. No word yet from Magico, but I would not be surprised to see that speaker updated in the next 6 months.
Thank you for all the responses. I ended up buying a Constellation Inspiration amp and pre-amp, Raidho D1 speakers, PS Audio DirectStream DAC and PS Audio P5 PowerStation so far. I found the video of the RMAF room from 2014 that "blew me away". They were using the higher quality Constellation gear but my budget cannot afford it so I am hoping the sonic quality is somewhat similar in my Inspiration gear.
On another note, I just started a thread asking for advice on cabling since I have no idea. Would appreciate any suggestions you may have in that thread.
Whoa! Seems like you're building your system looking the wrong way through the telescope, my friend! The most important piece is the source, and you're hooking a Hyundai Elantra source up to a Ferrari speaker. Speakers and cables never make a substandard source sound better. Unless you're using the throw away cables that came with your Pioneer HT receiver, get a better source and then determine what you want to do with cables and accessories. Cables can give you that last 0.001% improvement, but thousand dollar+ cables make no difference in a system with a mediocre source.
ebmRaidho is a great company, and Magico is just good? The Raidho D series sound open, airy and fast, but are poorly made and over-priced pieces of junk! I sat on a mint pair of C3.1’s for 6 months with not a single enquiry..they are boat ankers.
The Magico Q1’s by comparison, or even the S1 Mk2’s are much better engineered and made. Much more complete speakers.
melbguy1, whether it is in Australia or in the US or Denmark it is always the same. One day they might make it sound great but not yet.
We'll just not go into this any further, this is not really thread on digital, I just said it in passing since the OP had mentioned his complaint. He should be under no illusion.
txchief...1 postWhat source do you use?
Dollars to doughnuts, you never heard the DS dac in a properly set up system.
If all you can squeeze out in a cable evaluation is a dismal .001% improvement in sound quality... you must be using those cheap-o cables that you mentioned. A quality made cable is a huge improvement in any properly set up audio system.