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Old 09-04-2018, 06:29 PM
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A local used audio outlet has a pair of Magico S5s, gloss gray for $17K. I have no way to audition these . They do have a 45 day return policy but shlepping 200 lb speakers back and forth doesn't sound like any fun.

I currently have B&W N802s and a Mac MC-352. Can anyone give me an idea of what the S5s might sound like with the MC352 ? I prefer a warmer sound and am sensitive to bright highs.



EDIT: I also really wish that there was a Magico dealer in Colorado-- I'm kind of surprised that there isn't !

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Old 09-05-2018, 07:40 AM
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A local used audio outlet has a pair of Magico S5s, gloss gray for $17K. I have no way to audition these . They do have a 45 day return policy but shlepping 200 lb speakers back and forth doesn't sound like any fun.

I currently have B&W N802s and a Mac MC-352. Can anyone give me an idea of what the S5s might sound like with the MC352 ? I prefer a warmer sound and am sensitive to bright highs.



EDIT: I also really wish that there was a Magico dealer in Colorado-- I'm kind of surprised that there isn't !
IF you are really keen a 45 day trial is very fair.
No Magico that I have heard has been warm.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:18 AM
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Depending on the size of your room I would buy S3Mk1 before I'd buy S5Mk1. Not just because used S3 are likely to be $4k-ish cheaper.
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IF you are really keen a 45 day trial is very fair.
No Magico that I have heard has been warm.
Thanks, good to know.
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Old 09-05-2018, 02:22 PM
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Depending on the size of your room I would buy S3Mk1 before I'd buy S5Mk1. Not just because used S3 are likely to be $4k-ish cheaper.
It seems I've also read this same advice regarding the Mk2s ?

EDIT: My room is large, 24x24 with 10-20' ceiling

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Old 09-05-2018, 08:17 PM
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Buy M3 and be done with it, no more thoughts of upgrade after that.
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Old 09-05-2018, 09:02 PM
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The S5s should be a good fit for your room, but be aware that their tweeters are not rolled off. (Speaking as an S3 MkII owner, the Mk II version is a little sweeter with its diamond tweeter.)
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:35 AM
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I have heard the S5 on three occasions at a dealer in the past. The first time they were powered by a pair of 2301's, the 2nd time by some 601's and at my insistence the third time by a 275 MK 5.

802's have a Nasty 2/3 octave peak of about 7 db centered at 10 Khz which the Magicos don't have, and accept for a dip around 4oo hz which about and octave wide and 5 db deep are much smoother than the 802. They are much more listenable. [{I preferred the little 275 with the speakers at or about 12 watt levels listing at 12 ft from the speakers. The 275 warmed up the midrange it seemed where the s5 were lacking. The bass wasn't my fav-orite. It just never grabbed me on recordings I was familiar with. The bass was fast for sure , but the output below 50 cycles just wasn't there. And no matter where I went in the room to listen, even standing next to the back wall it wasn't there. In that respect I would take some old Mac XRT 28's any day.

I really enjoyed the tweeter in the S5, it was smooth and accurate with out over emphasizing cymbals, tribute-angle , and electronic synthesizers. Isaac Sterns Violin did screech at me like B&W's do. I do prefer tube amps with the S5, but a 352 is a mighty sweet SS amp and I would think it would make a great partner for the S5.

I imagine with a little help from a MEN 220 all the issues with the S5 I have would disappear easily. To tell the truth I prefer the Snell A7, but they are hard to find. Everything from about 100 HZ up with the Snell is just better. A little more forward sounding. Here again I was listening to 2301's and 1201 amps with either a C48 or a C500 T. Positioned correctly there was definitely bass below 50 HZ, not like an XRT 28 but pretty close.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:43 PM
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Magico's are not known to be a warmer speaker and the Mk II is supposed to be a significant improvement. For warmer you might want to look to Nola, Spendor or Monitor Audio Gold among others. For just over what you are looking to spend the Spatial Audio X-2 would be a great choice in a large room providing the aesthetics work for you.
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