But what no one talks about is that the real standards of great gear should be higher than petty audiophile terms. It should not be about accuracy or euphony, but about improving one's existence via human happiness. Happiness in action is about enjoyment. It is about being fully alive. It is about being carried away by a powerful force. Listening to music is about being completely involved with the performance where is no distinction between thought and action, self and the environment, and the individual and the musical performance. Nothing else exists.
It is not about thinking or getting a Deeper Understanding, as Magico claims in their ads. As soon as thinking happens, as it does with Magico - via it's transparency, thin yet "accurate" bass, and its ability to educate you about the recording, this fusion of the listener and the performance is broken. The Ecstasy fizzles! Let Randall, Valin, and others enjoy their Magicos, but they don't really know what they are missing.
Lets just be happy there are so many different designs to choose from .
Nobody is forced to buy anything so it aint that bad .
If some body will let only a reviewer/dealer make the choice for them , they will indeed miss out a lot ,money included
I do agree with ceasar that a system should be fun and entertaining .
I ve heard the V3 do nice things as well both on tubes though , nagra and zanden
Although with nagra it was a bit underpowered , certainly with complex music
The wilsons may have more bass extension the magico mids might be a bit more appealing to others
Last edited by andromedaaudio; 04-07-2012 at 03:31 AM.
BTW, my understanding is that Robert Harley will be reviewing the Magico Q7. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Wilson guy until a couple years ago, effusively praising the Alexandria as the "best" only recently. But now expecting the full renaming of the Absolute Sound to the Magico Standard in that edition...