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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    Saw that, but have not found any information yet.

    Will be exciting.


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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    The M3, yes I agree with. But the S3 Mk2 over the S5 Mk2? At the recent LA Audio show Robert Harley rated the S5 Mk2's in his top 6 cost no object loudspeakers ahead of the S3 Mk2, noting "Magico S5 MkII driven by VAC in the Scott Walker Audio room was stunningly spacious and dynamic; Magico’s own exhibit of the S3 MkII was also superb." Valin also described the S5 Mk2's as "Best of show-contending" at Axpona this year. Adam (Elberoth) has heard both speakers & obviously owned the S5 Mk2's, and concurs the S5 Mk2 is the better speaker. TAS apparently don't seem to be listening to their own reviewers feedback. My guess is they gave the gong to the S3 Mk2 because it is the first speaker in the S range to have graphene bass drivers (as opposed to the substantial graphene-reinforced aluminium drivers on the S5 Mk2), so there is a bit of a novelty factor there. And it is the new kid on the block. For sure the S3 Mk2 is a terrific loudspeaker. I just don't think it is a better speaker than the S5 Mk2 if we're talking about Golden Ear awards.

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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by Melbguy1 View Post
    The M3, yes I agree with. But the S3 Mk2 over the S5 Mk2? At the recent LA Audio show Robert Harley rated the S5 Mk2's in his top 6 cost no object loudspeakers ahead of the S3 Mk2, noting "Magico S5 MkII driven by VAC in the Scott Walker Audio room was stunningly spacious and dynamic; Magico’s own exhibit of the S3 MkII was also superb." Valin also described the S5 Mk2's as "Best of show-contending" at Axpona this year. Adam (Elberoth) has heard both speakers & obviously owned the S5 Mk2's, and concurs the S5 Mk2 is the better speaker. TAS apparently don't seem to be listening to their own reviewers feedback. My guess is they gave the gong to the S3 Mk2 because it is the first speaker in the S range to have graphene bass drivers (as opposed to the substantial graphene-reinforced aluminium drivers on the S5 Mk2), so there is a bit of a novelty factor there. And it is the new kid on the block. For sure the S3 Mk2 is a terrific loudspeaker. I just don't think it is a better speaker than the S5 Mk2 if we're talking about Golden Ear awards.
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    TAS does tend to go with the newest models and that would be the M3 and the S3 MkIi. Not to worry, the S5 MkII solidly holds its position in the Magico line.

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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    David, the awards are based on what a writer considers best. Harley picked the $170K Rockport Lyra speaker, and Valin wasn't one of the writers making picks.

    I also noticed they gave my Pass XP-20 an award this year. Obviously people with good taste work there.
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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    David, the awards are based on what a writer considers best. Harley picked the $170K Rockport Lyra speaker, and Valin wasn't one of the writers making picks.
    This is the selection criteria for Golden Ear awards according to TAS - "Golden Ear Awards represent, in our editors' collective opinion, the best highend audio products available regardless of cost. Products are awarded a Golden Ear purely on sonic performance". By all means point me to the relevant source document if their selection criteria has since been updated.

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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    So this is indeed quite nice praise for the S3 mk2, to take home this prestigious award - for all the reasons as outlined before.

    Looking forward to taking delivery of my S3 mk2s later this week.


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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by Melbguy1 View Post
    This is the selection criteria for Golden Ear awards according to TAS - "Golden Ear Awards represent, in our editors' collective opinion, the best highend audio products available regardless of cost. Products are awarded a Golden Ear purely on sonic performance". By all means point me to the relevant source document if their selection criteria has since been updated.
    You raise a good point David. Is the award for the absolute best? The best in a price category, despite saying "regardless of cost"? What exactly?

    Maybe the S7 should be on the list??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    So this is indeed quite nice praise for the S3 mk2, to take home this prestigious award - for all the reasons as outlined before.

    Looking forward to taking delivery of my S3 mk2s later this week.


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    Re: Magico M3 & S3 mk2 win 2017 Golden Ear Awards

    David, see page 63 of the September 2017 issue. As I said, it is the choice of the individual writer. I was wrong though. Valin is listed. I missed him when I first looked. He picked the M3, and Quint picked the S3.

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