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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    In my experience, and I'm on my 4th Magico pair, Magicos need around 600h to properly break in. Out if the box, they sound thin and compressed.

    I have actually stopped listening to speakers in the first 600h, to avoid disappointment. I still remember when I first fired up my S5 mk 2, which compared to S5 mk 1, out of the box, sounded considerably ... worse. Burned in, they are a much better speaker.

    My recommendation is to play music on them 24/7 for the first 3 weeks. Use them for some background music. During the nights, play ocean waves.
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    My experience with S3 MkIIs similar to Elbereth's - takes around 500 - 600 hours. 'Stage 2' for me was the worst: flabby, overblown bass while woofers break in. Worth the wait - superb speakers.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    I have actually stopped listening to speakers in the first 600h, to avoid disappointment.
    I'm the opposite. I want to be on-board for the whole adventure of the journey.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    My Magico S5 MKII took about 300 hours to break in according to my ears and congrats on the A3s. The Bryston 4BSST was the first Bryston amp I purchased over a decade ago. I have since moved onto Bryston 7B3, and that is where I plan on being for the next two decades.

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    Thanks for the information John. Maybe the 7B3 will be a future upgrade.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    My experience with S3 MkIIs similar to Elbereth's - takes around 500 - 600 hours. 'Stage 2' for me was the worst: flabby, overblown bass while woofers break in. Worth the wait - superb speakers.
    I have experienced electronics go through stages that were not always a linear improvement. I have never heard it with speakers. Shouldn't they get progressively better without any relapse? Is it the crossover components on Magico speakers causing the "stages"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzie View Post
    I have experienced electronics go through stages that were not always a linear improvement. I have never heard it with speakers. Shouldn't they get progressively better without any relapse? Is it the crossover components on Magico speakers causing the "stages"?
    Mine definitely not linear.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Mine definitely not linear.
    My dealer had similar experience with his S3 MkIIs. He contacted Magico and was told that the two woofers broke in at different rates due to their positioning within the enclosure. Can't comment on crossover effects, but I'm sure there's more going on here than just the woofers. During break-in I played normal music (mostly classical at moderate levels).

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Quote Originally Posted by john1970 View Post
    My Magico S5 MKII took about 300 hours to break in according to my ears and congrats on the A3s. The Bryston 4BSST was the first Bryston amp I purchased over a decade ago. I have since moved onto Bryston 7B3, and that is where I plan on being for the next two decades.
    Well the 20 Year Bryston warranty will cover the 2 decades! Wish all audio stood behind their products for this length.
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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    I read that Magico recommend against using 'white noise' and other non-real-music audio to break in speakers. Am I right about that? Some of you have mentioned using forms of "noise" for break in and I'm wondering. I'll want to break in my A3's the right way.

 

 
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