Greetings Mr. Harley,
I've just finished reading your recent Wilson Sasha review in TAS and I can tell you were most impressed with this loudspeaker's performance. You also seemed very impressed with the Magico V3 when you reviewed it several years ago.
I'm wondering if you have a preference between these two loudspeakers? If not, what are the fundamental sonic differences between the two? In the Wilson Sasha review, you focus on the bass performance, would you say the Sashas' bass is superior to the Magico's in terms of articulation, resolution, reach, power, and coherence? The midrange performance of the Magico V3 seemed to captivate you, opening a window to the music and at the same time sounding rich and full bodied. You make a similar observation of the Wilson Sasha's midrange with it's richness of timbre and density of tone color. In absolute terms, what would one hear as differences in the midrange between these two speakers? I notice the Wilson to be slightly more forward and possessing the ability to capture slightly more detail and "dynamic contrast" (to use Dave Wilson's terminology). For whatever reason, the Magico's midrange sounds slightly more seductive with a bit more haze that makes the presentation a little less exciting and somewhat recessed. Lastly, the highs seem more full bodied and dynamic on the Wilsons compared to the Magicos, but it seems the Magico's tweeter extends further, sounding a little less "dark" (maybe just more noticeable?).
As for soundstaging, I've found the Wilsons to cast a bigger soundstage with better delineation. The Magicos had better coherence; however, they could not sound as big or effortless as the Wilsons.
I would be most interested in your feedback regarding these two speakers. Has the newer Wilson outclassed the older Magico? Is the choice subjective because their performance is still close, or would you say there's an objective "better speaker"? At the end of the day, which speaker could you see yourself happily living with for a longer period of time?
I'm utilizing a VAC Phi 200 amplifier (stereo 100 watts of tubes), so if you have any idea which speaker would match better, I'm all ears.
Thanks for your time and advice! I welcome comments from all other users as well!