Magico Q5 loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Continuum Audio Labs Caliburn, Cobra, Castellon turntable, tonearm, stand; Graham Engineering Phantom II tonearm; Audiostone Pythagoras turntable, HiFiction Thales AV tonearm; Ortofon A90, Lyra Titan i, Miyajima Premium BE (mono) cartridge.
Digital Sources: Playback Designs MPS-5 SACD/CD player–DAC, Camelot Roundtable Anagram Technologies DAC, Benchmark ADC1 A/D converter, BPT-modified Alesis Masterlink hard-disk recorder, Meridian-Sooloos music server.
Preamplification: Einstein The Tube Mk.II, darTZeel NHB-18NS preamplifiers; Einstein The Turntable's Choice, Boulder Amplifiers 2008, Esoteric E-03 phono preamplifiers.
Power Amplifier: Musical Fidelity Titan.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX 3, Vandersteen Model 7.
Cables: Phono: Hovland/Graham Engineering MG2 Music Groove. Interconnect: TARA Labs Zero, Stealth Sakra, ZenSati. Speaker: TARA Labs Omega Gold, ZenSati. AC: TARA Labs The One Cobalt, Shunyata Research King Cobra Helix CX, Isoclean 1000.
Accessories: Finite Elemente Pagode, HRS SXR stands; Symposium Rollerblocks; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Shunyata Research V-Ray II Reference, Silver Circle Audio Pure Power One 5.0 power transformer, TARA Labs Power Screen power conditioners; Furutech DeMag & deStat LP treatments; Oyaide AC wall box & receptacles; ASC Tube Traps, RPG BAD & Abffusor panels; VPI HW-17F, Loricraft PRC4 Deluxe record-cleaning machines.—Michael Fremer

Company Info
Magico, Inc.
932 Parker Street #2
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 653-8802
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dumbo's picture
Any reason why there was no

Any reason why there was no waterfall plot of cabinet resonance done as is usually the case with other speakers? Folks deserve to see if such an elaborate speaker cabinet was worth the effort or not considering the excessive cost I'm sure it adds to the design and the manufacturers claims of aluminum being superior to good old fashioned wood.

Anyone willing to bet that the B&W 800D cabinet plot looks better at a 1/2 the price and complexity?

John Atkinson's picture
No waterfall plot

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Any reason why there was no waterfall plot of cabinet resonance done as is usually the case with other speakers?

Logistical issues. Because I had to travel to Michael's to measure the Q5, as explained in the review, I had to pack my speaker measuring gear and I mislaid the accelerometer. It's a 100-mile round trip from my place to Michael's and it wasn't possible to delay the measurements so I could return home to get it.

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Folks deserve to see if such an elaborate speaker cabinet was worth the effort or not considering the excessive cost I'm sure it adds to the design and the manufacturers claims of aluminum being superior to good old fashioned wood.

From the review: "listening to the cabinet walls with a stethoscope while I swept a sinewave tone up and down in frequency, I could detect only a small degree of liveliness at 418Hz. The cabinet's heroic, all-aluminum construction is obviously effective at minimizing vibrational resonances."

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

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