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    Magico Announces S3 Mk II

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    Over the years, the Lyra line has been a mainstay in my stereo system. I’ve had everything from a Titan Mono to a Helikon to an Atlas. Each seemed to improve on the previous one, ...
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    Over the last couple of years I’ve heard Magico’s humongous $22k Q-Sub 15 several times at shows, and while impressed by its (typical-for-Magico) rock-solid build-quality (a 350-pound, 20.75" x 21.5" x 26.5" sealed aluminum box ...
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    Although Joe Jackson is rarely mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Elvis Costello and the Clash, he should be. All share a post-punk sensibility that melds that genre’s passionate delivery with strong melodies, ...

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