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  1. #51
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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    I bought the APODs with my A3's and installed them as I unboxed the speakers. So unfortunately I don't have with/without experiences to share.
    Sources: Naim ND555/555PS | Roon Nucleus | Naim Soltstice Special Edition turntable and phono stage
    Amplification: Naim 552/500DR
    Interconnects: Naim SuperLumina
    AC Power: Ansuz C2
    Speakers: Magico A3

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Quote Originally Posted by Tgun5 View Post
    I realize this thread is older, but, I came across it searching for "Magico A3 break-in" on the web. I purchased a pair of A3's a couple weeks ago and initially wanted to put a gun to my head. What did I do? They sound awful.

    I've owned numerous speakers over my 30+ years as an audiophile so I'm no stranger to speaker break-in. Generally, out of the box, and especially at 50 hours or so, most are listenable. The A3's don't follow that scenario, in fact, they may be the worst sounding "out of the box" I've ever owned. I quickly went searching for owners who could qualify my observations, but a couple times here I read "they are good out of the box". For me, nothing could be further from the truth. Prior to 60 hours there was no sparkle on the top... no cymbal trails, etc.. Mid-range was compressed and uninspired. Bass - boomy, overbearing. Mid-bass - running up into the mids and obnoxious. I've now surpassed 125 hours and the mids and top end are starting to open up. There was a bass drop at about 75 hours and the bass has come back tighter and more defined. I sit here listening and realize there is a ways to go, but things are dramatically better.

    Now, these are incredible speakers as evidenced by all of the reviews and my own listening session in the showroom. I'm just starting to hear what I had hoped for when purchasing.

    I wish I would have read some of the same observations before freaking out and thinking I just blew $12k. I was not for-warned about this upon purchase and I can't imagine others not having these experiences. Just wanted to share in case someone else is in the same boat
    TGun5, you're probably long gone, but just to let you know your post was very reassuring. My experience with my new A5s is parallel to yours with the A3s- the most dramatic break-in / burn-in change I've ever experienced, and by a massive margin. Now , they are great.
    Thanks very much!

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    The A3 have a long break in but are also more sensitive to component matching than any speaker I have had. The downside to this is that your current setup is unlikely to be a perfect match. The upside is that, once you have the speakers broken in (250 hours for me), you can get the sound you want by careful selection. It’s been a few years, but I have finished building a system I am thrilled with, and the A3 are the centerpiece.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    SeminoleOmar

    Congrats on your A3s. They are great speakers. Pass Labs, Boulder, Naim (and some others) all work well with Magico. We're still enjoying our A3's with Pass 260.8s.


    Quote Originally Posted by SeminoleOmar View Post
    The A3 have a long break in but are also more sensitive to component matching than any speaker I have had. The downside to this is that your current setup is unlikely to be a perfect match. The upside is that, once you have the speakers broken in (250 hours for me), you can get the sound you want by careful selection. It’s been a few years, but I have finished building a system I am thrilled with, and the A3 are the centerpiece.
    Sincerely,

    Calvin

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