His preference is also for Magico (over Wilson) in the home, but when I pressed him, he admitted that he would be prepared to pay serious money to get hold of a pair of Apogee Scintilla's in A1 condition!
Thanks for the write-up, Steve.
It's interesting to compare with my experiences of both Magico and Wilson speakers with different electronics and in different environments. My feelings on Magico, based on what I've heard, are not positive. Every time I have heard them they have sounded faultless in any hi-fi terminology sense, but completely lacking in musical emotion.
Wilson, on the other hand, have always impressed me with their superb attributes and ability to make musical connections. Perhaps it's not surprising that I find them, in their characteristics, much closer to my Ushers?
That describes the Pass sound very well: hi-res but it always remains coherent without ever being warm. Big dynamic swings, too. The Parasound was good and so was the Chord at the time, but I think the Pass and Belles are in a different league.
Jerry, if you thought my system was dynamic at the time...