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Old 06-09-2012, 09:30 AM
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Thanks, Mike.

It's great to have this specialists group enthusiasm as support. Particularly after having committed the order with a bank funds transfer

You know... these will be my first "relevant" speakers. I have chosen carefully but lacking know-how it would have been easy to make a big mistake without this forum advise.

I'm planning to have these driven by Ayre 5 series preamp and power amp. This is still not committed and I can reassess should anyone think it's not a good choice.

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Thanks, Mike.

It's great to have this specialists group enthusiasm as support. Particularly after having committed the order with a bank funds transfer

You know... these will be my first "relevant" speakers. I have chosen carefully but lacking know-how it would have been easy to make a big mistake without this forum advise.

I'm planning to have these driven by Ayre 5 series preamp and power amp. This is still not committed and I can reassess should anyone think it's not a good choice.

Pedro

Pedro, I heard them with Ayre MX-R's (and an AR pre amp) and it sounded wonderful.
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Q1 review here

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Pedro, I heard them with Ayre MX-R's (and an AR pre amp) and it sounded wonderful.
Thanks a lot Bart! You have been most helpful during my selection process.

I'll migrate this B1 conversation to yours "AA Factor and Vivid Audio" thread and keep you posted with developments.

We should leave some space for the Magico Q1 to breath on this thread
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Thanks a lot Bart! You have been most helpful during my selection process.

I'll migrate this B1 conversation to yours "AA Factor and Vivid Audio" thread and keep you posted with developments.

We should leave some space for the Magico Q1 to breath on this thread
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We should leave some space for the Magico Q1 to breath on this thread
You should. There are no comparison between the two. You are comparing a 4 door Infinity to a Lotus Elise. Both have their place . Just posted:
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I recently listened to the Q3s for an extended period at a dealer's showroom, and, while I was there, to the Q1s briefly. I agree with Valin's comments about the TAD CR-1 being a little brighter than the Q1, but I also think it gives a more robust presentation of music.

All three of these speakers are excellent, and if you've only heard them at shows (as I had previously), you have not heard them at their best. If you're looking for a neutral speaker that will reflect exactly what is being presented up the chain, I'm not sure you can do better than either of the Magico speakers, unless you go further up the Magico chain.

This doesn't take anything away from other excellent manufacturers such as Vivid, Sonus Faber, Dynaudio, Focal, YG, etc. You may not like the Magico sound, but if you come to a conclusion based solely on what you've heard at shows, I think you're making a mistake. And I believe that's probably true for most audio products.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:31 PM
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Jon,

How do you feel the bass on the CR-1's compares to the Q1? Do you feel they are close? In my room, the CR-1's have plenty of bass.

Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:16 PM
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I'd say very close, and a lot will depend on the rest of the system. And the room, of course.

I understand all the negative comments about Magico, and I've never heard them sound great at shows with Soulution. I have heard them sound very good to great with other equipment, so there must be some other reason Soulution is always used. And the Q3s really were remarkable at the NY dealer. That demo made me understand why so many reviewers were calling them "game changing".

I think poor show performance is a common problem. For example, I first heard the Amati Futuras at a show, and I thought they were dreadful. I heard them at another show, months later, not much better. But then I heard them at a dealer, and I thought they were extremely good. Not for me, but I can respect and admire them, and I understand why someone would purchase them over Magico. Looks alone might sway some people as I think they're one of the most beautiful speakers I've seen.

At this level of performance, and price, it's all about individual preference. I think you made a great choice. Really, anything that makes you happy is a great choice, right? And when I get the Qs, you can bring your CR-1s up to Vermont to compare.
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I'd say very close, and a lot will depend on the rest of the system. And the room, of course.

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At this level of performance, and price, it's all about individual preference. I think you made a great choice. Really, anything that makes you happy is a great choice, right? And when I get the Qs, you can bring your CR-1s up to Vermont to compare.
I think the Q1's are smaller

Thanks for the comments. Yes, the CR-1's satisfy big time
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