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"Our (Absolute Sound) cover poses the question, "Is this the best loudspeaker ever?" Read Alan Sircom's astute review to learn why the answer just might be a resounding, "Yes!"
reading the responses below the article helps to see why the magazine cover question might also contribute to audiophilia nervosa. When Absolute Sound means ABSOLUTE, they ain't kiddin'....
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Someone needs to clue in Absolute Sound that you can buy a decent microphone, stand, and sound card for less than $1k. For such a small investment, they'd be able to actually back up all the "trust me 's" and "I gotta tell ya 's " with some actual measurements that support what is being said. They could even report back how much consistency between speakers exists with all the care that goes into the construction and testing of high end speakers by the manufacturer. With readily accessible measurement equipment, there is simply no excuse for producing a "review" that doesn't seek on some menial level to support listener observations with some form of numerical assessment/analysis. It's not like these speakers have a tremendous flaw that has to be hidden. So why the phobia against measurements?
go over to stereophile. its been long established that tas doesnt publish measurements (often) and the philosophy is obvious.
the best possible scenario is to actually listen to the product and make your own conclusions.
That's weird, user name got misspelled...
Overpriced & Over here £28K got to be barmy to buy these speakers never believe ANY review Listen for yourself as always. I have heard the larger Magico's at Shows and can not understand what all the fuss is about I was totally underwhelmed.
good advice with one more qualification--in your own system. i have heard many a demo that didn't properly expose the actual sound of the product as it sounded in my own room and system (or a room better suited for the demo).
I totally agree, however it is not always possible.
yes, that's too often a prob. another problem is establishing a reviewer or two to trust. once that's done, some chances can be taken.
Unfortunately there is no reviewer today that I would trust 100%( fortunately I have the experience to trust my own ears)the last two respected Hi-Fi reviewers with Gramophone were Geoff Horn & John Borwick they left when Gramophone was taken over by the Haymarket Group both these two Gentlemen could be trusted 100% , they were not political, were not influenced by manufacturer freebies, today we live in a world that is totally totally corrupt at all levels.
Alan should have compared it to YG Acoustics Carmel.
Actually, Alan should have compared it to Jeff Joeseph's Pulsar or better yet - he should have compared it to a Pulsar with a good $10,000 amp and a Paradigm Sub 1 or Sub 2 - all for less than a single pair of Magico Q1s. My hunch is the Magico without a sub and without any electronics to drive them won't sound as good as the Pulsar/Paradigm/Exotic amp du jour package...
More importantly folks, this is how you do a real loudspeaker review:
Btw, I've heard the Joseph speakers personally at a number of trade shows over the years and everything contained in the above review is spot on with those experiences.
My buddy has Joseph Audio 7 driven by Plinius. His listening room is a favorite haunt of mine. Great sound. He has good taste. I also like his Bar full of Single Malts.
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