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To Jeff Fritz,

Please, can you advise me on my system?

It consists of the Audio Research Reference 210 power amps, the Reference 5 preamp, and I have just purchased a dCS front end, although I believe that you are not that keen on it.

I am thinking of purchasing Magico Q7s, however, as you are aware, they are a substantial investment and I cannot afford to get it wrong. My room dimensions are 4.5m x 6.2m.

I have listened to them numerous times at the dealer and find them amazing and have fallen in love with them. But I would appreciate your advice, or any other speaker that you may suggest.

I have listened to the Q5 as well, but was not that impressed -- but that was at a different dealer. I used to own the Wilson Sasha, but they also never worked for me and I'm not sure why. Thank you.

Alan

Your room is on the smallish side at roughly 15' x 20' for a speaker the size of the Q7, but I still do believe it might work out just fine. The sealed design seems to avoid speaker-generated fat, bloated bass at all costs. Will it exacerbate any room modes? Surely you'll have to work with positioning -- as you would with any full-range speaker -- and room treatment would certainly be a wise investment.

Still, if you are looking for the highest-resolution speaker available, the Q7 is it. It topped my list of speakers that I would personally buy over $15,000/pair. I really can't say much more about it. You've no doubt read my review of the Q7 and my opinion has not changed a bit.

Regarding dCS, I actually do think they make some of the finest digital gear available. I used the Debussy as a reference for a year and a half and never wanted for more. My issue is the pricing, particularly the Vivaldi line. I have a hard time understanding how you can spend $35,000 for a DAC and still need a separate $14,000 clock and $20,000 upsampler to get the best sound out of it. To me that just seems insane. . . . Jeff Fritz