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Offline Martin Colloms  
#1 Posted : 02 January 2020 11:48:48(UTC)
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New Review in preparation:

Magico M2 loudspeaker feature review to be published Jan-Mar 2020 issue, for late February 2020

While not giving the game away there have been highs and lows experienced, with a level of commitment and involvement that also conjured up aspects of an emotional roller-coaster. Once again, a serious and costly Magico ‘M’ series design challenged us to find its measure. At the same time, it also measured, judged our audio systems and pointed to flaws in our method and set up. On several occasions audible flaws were revealed which turned out to be due to factors such as alignment, system configuration, system components, and the fine detail of loudspeaker support. As has been experienced previously, and with some frustration, a new Magico often has the potential to put a microscope on all aspects of your audio system components and their installation.
Sometimes it feels like products are testing the reviewer and not the other way round and you have to raise your game to meet the challenge set by the design team who were responsible for the review product.

Martin


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Offline Martin Colloms  
#2 Posted : 03 March 2020 14:48:50(UTC)
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NEW Issue HIFICRITIC Jan Mar 2020 nearly complete , printing now

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#3 Posted : 07 March 2020 11:59:24(UTC)
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Can you share the full contents list yet? Many thanks
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#4 Posted : 08 March 2020 11:45:35(UTC)
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HIFICRITIC Contents New Issue Jan Mar 2020 out 14 03 2020 approx

4 MAGICO S2: After an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) review procedure, Martin Colloms finds these slimline speakers from the Californian company are capable of superlative performance – but explains that the secret is all in the set-up

16 THE BRISTOL SHOW 2019 A fixture on the British hi-fi calendar for more than three decades, this show is packed with new product launches, and provides the chance to hear some superb systems. Ed Selley was our man on the ground to bring you all the news

19 McINTOSH MA9000 Chris Kelly was looking forward to hearing this big integrated amplifier from the celebrated manufacturer, but he wasn’t quite ready for its size or weight. But after an all-too-brief review period, he came away more than impressed

22 STAN’S SAFARI Stan Curtis casts his mind back over the strengths and foibles of some of the studio recorders he has owned and used, and recalls the days when amplifier designers could turn to a ready stock of ‘cost no object’ components made to military specification

24 MAKING DISTORTION MEASUREMENTS MORE RELEVANT: We all thought that the less distortion a system has, the less it will add to, or subtract from, the sound. But which distortions should we be targeting, and how do we best measure them? Keith Howard investigates.

29 VERTERE DYNAMIC GROOVE DG-1 Designed as an entry-level turntable model for the British company’s range, the DG-1 opts for some highly innovative solutions in the quest for simplicity, from thread bearings to a flat beam tonearm. Chris Kelly discovers that this leads to excellent performance

33 NAIM ND555 REVISITED After spending more than a year with the Salisbury company’s flagship network player, Martin Colloms takes time for a thorough reassessment. He starts by adding a second 555PS DR power supply, to create a £27,000 digital front-end for his reference system

37 JBL L100 CLASSIC One of the most distinctive designs from catalogue of the American manufacturer – thanks to its distinctive Quadrex foam grilles – has been reinvented for the 2020s. Chris Frankland explains that this is much more than just an exercise in nostalgia

41 AVID INTEGRA Ed Selley spends time with the Integra integrated, the entry-level model in the British company’s ambitious amplifier lineup. It’s impressive, not least for the quality of its built-in phono stage

44 FOCAL CHORA 806 Kevin Fiske likes the midrange of these speakers from the ‘affordable’ end of the French company’s line-up, but is less than enamoured with what they do at the frequency extremes

46 TOWNSHEND ALLEGRI REFERENCE Martin Colloms is a big fan of transformerbased passive preamplifiers, and there’s more to this remote-control newcomer than just saving the wear on his floor

50 MAGICO SPods After his complex experiences with the MPods provided with the Magico M2 speakers, Martin Colloms returns to the SPods with renewed enthusiasm

52 MANFRED EICHER In the concluding part of his marathon survey of the life and work of the founder of ECM, Mark Prendergast suggests ten of the label’s ‘must hear’ recordings

58 CLASSICAL MUSIC The latest releases are considered by Andrew Mellor

60 JAZZ Greg Drygala takes a listen to some of the more innovative jazz releases

62 SECONDHAND STARS Steve Harris continues his LP bargain-hunting habit, revealing more of his latest finds

64 SOUNDSTAGE Andrew Everard pays tribute to two of his influences – Ken Ishiwata and Malcolm Steward – both recently passed away

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Offline ashandger  
#5 Posted : 08 March 2020 13:58:16(UTC)
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Wonderful. Lots of interesting articles and reviews in this issue. Are you shipping yet? Many thanks
Offline Martin Colloms  
#6 Posted : 13 March 2020 12:02:50(UTC)
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shipping now
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#7 Posted : 14 March 2020 14:08:07(UTC)
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Arrived in Bristol. New design looks good.
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#8 Posted : 18 March 2020 12:43:31(UTC)
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Enjoying the new issue and savouring it slowly. I especially like the in-depth reviews such as about the Magico M2 in this issue. The new subtle change in design gives the journal a much tidier appearance.
My only comment so far is: Wot no Julian Musgrave Passing Notes? Has this column run its course and been axed?
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#9 Posted : 18 March 2020 12:58:20(UTC)
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Passing Notes had a natural break but service should recommence shortly......
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Offline Pete_w  
#10 Posted : 19 March 2020 20:52:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Goldfinger Go to Quoted Post
The new subtle change in design gives the journal a much tidier appearance.


Seconded. And Andrew appears to have moved away from Paul's tic of putting every tenth word in italics, which I always found used to trip me up when reading....

Offline Andrew Everard  
#11 Posted : 20 March 2020 11:07:55(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Pete_w Go to Quoted Post
And Andrew appears to have moved away from Paul's tic of putting every tenth word in italics, which I always found used to trip me up when reading....

Conscious decision on my part, as I found it had the same effect on me.

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