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  • Magico S5 Mk. 2 Review in PF

    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
    -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
    -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    Just finished reading the review Myles. Good job in describing the many positive attributes of the S5 MK 2. After reading the review, there is no doubt in my mind of what you think of these speakers from top to bottom.
    SP-10 MKII table with custom power supply designed and built by Peter Noerbaek with an SME 3012R with Dyna XV-1S cartridge, VPI Avenger table with rim drive and JMW -12-3D arrm with Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers with a pair of Def Tech Ref subs.

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    • #3
      Myles,

      I enjoyed reading the review. Having been to visit in the not too distant past when you had the S5 Mk 1 puts the review into perspective.

      Regarding bass, how would you characterize the two speakers (Mk1 and Mk2) low frequency in terms of extension, dynamic contrasts, and subjective performance?


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      Every day is a good day to play analog.
      - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
      - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
      **************************************************
      Every day is a good day for live music.
      **************************************************

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dre_J View Post
        Myles,

        I enjoyed reading the review. Having been to visit in the not too distant past when you had the S5 Mk 1 puts the review into perspective.

        Regarding bass, how would you characterize the two speakers (Mk1 and Mk2) low frequency in terms of extension, dynamic contrasts, and subjective performance?

        While still retaining the familial signature, there's really no comparison between the Mk. 2 and 1. Alon could have (and maybe should have) given the speaker a totally new name and no one would have blinked. To start with, you are talking about two completely different bass drivers. The new bass drivers have double the excursion distance (and the differences in machining that entails). Then there's improvements to the crossover and the stability of the speaker too. And the drivers are a bit lighter. In the end, the Mk. 2 does seem to go deeper, is much cleaner and detailed, focussed and dynamic. It's as if the bass is just pulled slightly out and more distinct through the Mk. 2. The Mk. 1's bass just sounds slightly blurred compared to the Mk. 2. I think because of the crossover changes etc., the cjs like driving the low end a lot more too. The new Mk. 2 are much more a 4 ohm load than before. Doesn't mean the bass couldn't be better with a ss amplifier but I still haven't heard one that will give me the mid and upper bass of the cjs. Low bass another story.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
        -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
        -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

          While still retaining the familial signature, there's really no comparison between the Mk. 2 and 1. Alon could have (and maybe should have) given the speaker a totally new name and no one would have blinked. To start with, you are talking about two completely different bass drivers. The new bass drivers have double the excursion distance (and the differences in machining that entails). Then there's improvements to the crossover and the stability of the speaker too. And the drivers are a bit lighter. In the end, the Mk. 2 does seem to go deeper, is much cleaner and detailed, focussed and dynamic. It's as if the bass is just pulled slightly out and more distinct through the Mk. 2. The Mk. 1's bass just sounds slightly blurred compared to the Mk. 2. I think because of the crossover changes etc., the cjs like driving the low end a lot more too. The new Mk. 2 are much more a 4 ohm load than before. Doesn't mean the bass couldn't be better with a ss amplifier but I still haven't heard one that will give me the mid and upper bass of the cjs. Low bass another story.
          Thanks for the follow-up, Myles
          **************************************************
          Every day is a good day to play analog.
          - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
          - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
          **************************************************
          Every day is a good day for live music.
          **************************************************

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          • #6
            Great review Myles.

            In my system, I've heard the greatest improvement (vs my old S5 mk1) in soundstage depth, midrange resolution and microdynamics, and HF extension.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Elberoth View Post
              Great review Myles.

              In my system, I've heard the greatest improvement (vs my old S5 mk1) in soundstage depth, midrange resolution and microdynamics, and HF extension.
              Funnily, the new tape stage makes the S5 Mk. 2 sound even better. The upper octaves are oh so delicate, defined and extended.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
              -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
              -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                The S5 mk 2 sounds absolutely amazing. I think that in terms of overall balance, coherence, soundstaging AND value for money - it may be the best of all Magico designs.

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                • #9
                  Like all top speakers, the S5 Mk. 2 ruthlessly reveals everything in front of it. But--the better the supporting cast--the better the speakers sound. In fact, the new analog tape front-end shows the speaker's top end is even better than reported. Super extended, detailed without hardness and ever ever so delicate.

                  That brings us back to this thread.

                  https://www.audionirvana.org/forum/t...ken-or-the-egg
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -cj 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers
                  -Merrill Audio Elemente 116 monoblock amplifiers
                  -cj GAT preamplifier Series 2 preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Allnic cables, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, MG Audio, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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