Having just received the Dec TAS issue I would like to thank and congratulate Tom Martin on his review of the Magico Ultimate speakers contained therein.
For many years, we readers of the Consumer Hi-Fi Journals have ben complaining about the lack of any real critical assessment of components which used to attract us to the original TAS and Stereophile reviews of 20 years ago.
Bland cliches and meaningless phrases are the general order of the day unless there is a 'rave review' for a product at the 'cutting edge' of sound (and price) whereby it is usually proclaimed "The Best' and 'Unrivalled' and 'Close to Perfection'.
Both types of review generally leave us readers with little real knowledge of the actual sound, its merits or any weaknesses.
Well Tom has ditched any mealy-mouthed pandering to Manufacturers and/or potential Advertisers with a review which leaves me with a distinct aural impression of the Magico Ultimate speakers which at almost $400,000 would have most reviewers (or listeners) shaking in awe at any thought of even a slight criticism.
One can ascertain that there are great aspects to these speakers as well as some limitations and compromises. There is no mistaking that it is a 'good' review and yet it also retains perspective.
If TAS has the guts to include more of these types of meaningful essays in their future issues (or at least give Tom more equipment to review), there may indeed be a bright future for TAS.