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    Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Magico A5 won both the:

    Stereophile 2021 Loudspeaker of the Year

    Stereophile 2021 Component of the Year

    This is the second year in a row that Magico has taken Loudspeaker of the Year. The A5 won by 10 points over its closest contender. Impressive.

    As to Component of the Year, Stereophile states, "The most important thing is that it's a very good speaker. But it's also a great product..." The A5 won by 4 points over its closest contender. A solid win!

    Congrats to Magico for continuing to develop speakers that let the music play on in excellence.
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    Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    No surprise (to me). The A5 continues to knock down the competition and some big players too. The comments regarding points and the other contenders was quite revealing in and of itself. Give the A5’s some solid electronics and they will really sing.

    Maybe Magico will make a miniature A5 to commemorate these prestigious awards. Similar to what they did with the S7 for dealers to show the intricate details of the insides. We use the S7 model all the time to show to customers the build of a Magico. It’s sitting right by the front door and is quite a conversation piece.


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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    remember when the Magico fanboys thought there was a Stereophile conspiracy theory? fun times.

    what was more interesting to me was that the XVX clearly had push back by a number of reviewers on price - are we (finally) reaching the limits.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    I don’t know about the conspiracy theory, but I do know that for years there was hardly any Magico coverage in SP, while TAS couldn't stop talking about it.

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Count the number of pages with Magico commercials in SP these days
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Count the number of pages with Magico commercials in SP these days
    LOL, I suspect JGH is rolling over with a laugh or two right now .......
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Count the number of pages with Magico commercials in SP these days
    I just did. The number is ONE. Just like many more companies

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Yes, you are right.
    But it's on the second page of every issue, so you can't miss it
    And A5 is shown on this page almost every time this year.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Yes, you are right.
    But it's on the second page, so I can't miss it
    And A5 was shown on that page almost every time this year.
    With good reason, you should go and listen to it.

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Of course. I'll grab my first chance. Unfortunately, there is no local dealer.
    But, it's not a speaker for me and my room. It's ugly as hell

    M3 is something completely different...
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    I agree with the ugliness but it does produce some beautiful music ! what can I say, looks are subjective, I like red heads !
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Looking at that finalist list for loudspeakers in SP makes it pretty obvious why JA ran and hid below his test bench , what a joker smoker list ..!!!




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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    Looking at that finalist list for loudspeakers in SP makes it pretty obvious why JA ran and hid below his test bench , what a joker smoker list ..!!!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Of course. I'll grab my first chance. Unfortunately, there is no local dealer.
    But, it's not a speaker for me and my room. It's ugly as hell

    M3 is something completely different...
    “Ugly as hell” compared to this? Really?



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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    “Ugly as hell” compared to this? Really?


    for sure, again, looks are subjective !
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    Looking at that finalist list for loudspeakers in SP makes it pretty obvious why JA ran and hid below his test bench , what a joker smoker list ..!!!




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    If I remember correctly, the candidates are limited to what they've reviewed over the last 12 months.

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    for sure, again, looks are subjective !
    If you are into Ikea type beauty

    But seriously, the beauty of the A series is in its build quality and simplicity. And then there is the sound, but who cares about that

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Meaning?


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    The list of candidates makes no utter sense Mike it never has, imagine if the Kef won it against the guy running a full page inside front cover ad ..


    likely or very unlikely ..?


    Then there’s the ferrari priced WA model , bested by an A5 for product of the year, really ..!

    Imagine if you will , instead of the big WA it was the mighty M9 losing out to a 25K WA product,


    Its crockery at its best ....!!!




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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Stereophile is a joke and has been for awhile. Terrible to think someone buying a system based on their Class A ratings, surely that would turn someone off to this hobby and industry. Just my opinion as we all have one.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Actually not ,

    if you stick to their bench testing reviews and stay away from the opinionated Stuff, they are very good , not to mention the wealth of info in their data base and Fremers reviews ..!

    Still one of , if not the best going ..!!!



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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    The list of candidates makes no utter sense Mike it never has, imagine if the Kef won it against the guy running a full page inside front cover ad ..


    likely or very unlikely ..?


    Then there’s the ferrari priced WA model , bested by an A5 for product of the year, really ..!

    Imagine if you will , instead of the big WA it was the mighty M9 losing out to a 25K WA product,


    Its crockery at its best ....!!!




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    Do you actually read SP? KEF has 2 full page ad in just about every issue. Definitely a MUCH bigger dog in the advertising (and audio) world then just about anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    “Ugly as hell” compared to this? Really?


    I would say they are not even close







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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry303 View Post
    Do you actually read SP? KEF has 2 full page ad in just about every issue. Definitely a MUCH bigger dog in the advertising (and audio) world then just about anyone.
    I didn't say or implied they spent more or less , i simply asked a question, you should read my post again ..!



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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by a.wayne View Post
    I didn't say or implied they spent more or less , i simply asked a question, you should read my post again ..!


    "imagine if the Kef won it against the guy running a full page inside front cover ad .."

    Regards

    Oh, there was no implication here? So sorry

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

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    I would say they are not even close







    Yep, not even close.

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Aside from the great sound, another reason I love the Magico S series is their appearance. While I am sure the other Magico speakers sound fantastic, for whatever reason, I don’t care for either the M series, or the A series appearance. Plus, I believe the M series doesn’t have a grill. With two cats there is no way I would leave an expensive speaker exposed 24/7. Accidents happen.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post

    M3 is something completely different...
    I liked Q3 a lot, but it was ugly similar to A5 ugly. It's replacement - M3 - is pure audio porn in my book.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Yep, not even close.
    Yes. Pure elegancy and art vs plain metal box
    Especially with the grilles, which are a must when you have small kids running around.

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Eye of the beholder, for sure. We're quite happy with the A3's in our mid-century modern living room. They are quite 'neutral' to our eyes; just there. They don't ask for attention, or draw the eye.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    When folks come in the store, they all comment how much they like the modern look of the A5’s, so don’t know what folks here are saying. Personal preference I guess. Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year


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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    I recently listened to both the A3 and A5 and cannot understand the hype. I could have purchased either that day. Dull and lifeless sounding that all around sounded mediocre. Granted the room wasn’t the best but I have heard Magico several times at shows with the same results. Everyone has their own personal preference I suppose.
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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Yes. Pure elegancy and art vs plain metal box
    Especially with the grilles, which are a must when you have small kids running around.

    Skinny with too much makeup is what you like, I see. Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

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    Re: Magico A5 2021 Stereophile Loudspeaker and Component of the Year

    Reviews and esp Stereophile recommended components haven't figured into my buying decisions in at least two decades (literally). That said I now own A5s which I purchased blind (thanks Mike!). It's not something I often do but I knew the Magico sound well and was aiming my sights on S5s/M2s or Vivid Giya G2/G3. In short I'm smitten by these speakers. They are every bit as resolving and transparent as any ribbon, planar or electrostat Ive owned but the A5s have balls and can almost do it all-- w/o a sub. They have jump factor that approximate Avantgardes (the last speaker I owned) w/o noticeable compression provided your amp can supply the juice. Are these the last speakers I'll ever own? prolly not, but so far they encompass more of the sonic attributes I look for than any other type Ive owned over the last decade--which were many.
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