I heard both the 101E and the Mini 2 at the New York show. I very much liked the Minis -- excellent sound, remarkable for their size. The MBLs, on the other hand, were a surprising disappointment. They were muddy in the bass. That was also the opinion of several people with whom I spoke at the show. At first, I thought that room accoustics might be the problem, and I returned to the MBL room several times during the weekend, hoping that the problem would be fixed. But the sound remained the same. The appearance of the MBLs, on the other hand, was very attractive (as was the case for the MBL electronics). But on the basis of sound at the New York show, the Magico speakers were clearly superior. I would like to hear the MBLs in some other setting, to see if their performasnce at the NY show was an anomaly. The reviews and comments that I've read lead me to expect better performance. The Magico minis, in any case, are superb speakers, clean in the bass as wellas in the treble and midrange.
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