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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    I was curious about this as well. There is verbiage in the manual regarding playing noise. It is said it shouldn’t be used to speed up the break in process, but whether it is okay, in general, is not specified.

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    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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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    John from Pearl Audio who has delivered and setup many speakers including Magico recommended running Brown noise fairly loud for many hours. I just listen to music during the day and at night I'd run background noise from youtube. I don't have enough experience to tell what is the best.

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    Using steady noise or tones, in general, is not a good idea. These steady signals put a lot of stress on the drivers, not allowing for any “cooling-off” periods. I would not use them. Some break-in disks do have fluctuating noise, these would probably be ok, but you never know how much low end frq. they are generating, and depending on the volume, they can put a lot of stress on the system. Play music, it may take longer, but it is safer.

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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Awesome! Mine are definitely getting there. Substantial difference between now and the time I got them, especially in the bottom end.

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    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    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

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    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.

    Very happy you are loving the speakers now.
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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    I could hear significant changes to my S3 Mk2s for the first approximately 500 hours, especially the first 250 and especially in the bass. YMMV.

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    Welcome to the forum. Glad you’re happy and they’re sounding good.
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    Re: My Magico A3 are finally broke in

    Yes, these will take some hours to break-in. I was told that due to the large quantities, Magico can't break-in the A3 in house.
    You don't want to critically listen to them before they are properly cooked.

 

 
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