Magico and Tube amp

Hello all. Wondering if anyone here is powering the Magico (m2) with a tube amp namely the ARC ref 160 mono. Looking for neutral, natural and musical sound. Thanks. 


I did hear Magico's being run with a CAT amp at CAF last year, or perhaps the year before and thought it sounded very good. I want to say they were the Legend monoblocks or something like that I am not a CAT expert.

+1 on CAT with Magico. @daveyf beat me to it, but the Magico S5 MkII with CAT electronics is a jaw dropping outstanding setup. It wouldn’t matter whether it’s the JL-5, JL-7, or the Statement....all 3 are in a league of their own IMO

@knotscott   +1. Any of the CAT amps will be good though the larger mono blocks are probably best. 

Interesting thread

my friend pointed me to this


i also have the m2

i have 2 amps thus far on it, I use a Boulder 2060 as main, and I have classe delta stereo as back up.  I was looking at Cary 805rs tube mono for it.  I use audio research ref 10 phono and linestage upstream.


cool discussion, I would like to also see what tube maps have worked with this speaker.  

it can sound majestic

Hey joey_v, nice to have another M2 owner on the prowl with. How do you like the Boulder? What other amps have you tried and to finally land on the current 2 in your possession. My gut feeling, for the sound Im looking for, tube amp is what’s lacking in my setup.  The ARC 160 MKII reviewed very well, but so far lots of people have said its not a good match.

Where are you located?