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There are a million speakers. You want to probably look for a speaker with a slightly forward sound profile as ML is a touch warm. The Spendor D9.2 is a neutral to warm speaker. With ML, the sound profile will be decidedly warm.
I have not heard the exact combo of Magico A3 and your ML but I would be very optimistic that would be a brilliant combination. Enough power to drive it and the A3 is a nice sounding speaker.
I don't have enough experience to have a firm POV on Devore or Wilson Benesch.
MLs sister company is Revel. They are literally voiced using ML amps. I am not a fan of the Performa 228BE as I find it slightly metallic sounding but lots of folks really love it. I am very, very fussy and opted for a ceramic magnesium tweeter in my speakers. I have listened to these two together and it sounds very good.
Best option IMO, and they are insanely good with that amp, would be a used pair of Revel Ultima Studio 2s. Nothing metallic in the sound. My wife was open to a big speaker after listening to them at the Harman store, they are that good.
If you like a warmer sound but not as warm as Spendor, the Audiovector R3 Arrete's are insanely good. Read Andrew Quint's review in the Absolute Sound.
If you want incredible dispersion and a wonderful soundstage that will be both engaging and immersive listening experience, check out Scansonic MB5 B or MB6 Bs. The new MBx Bs are much better speakers than the old line as they are much easier to place and don't take 200 hours to break in.
Finally, check out Focal. The Kanta No 2 is a unique looking speaker and will do well in terms of sound profile with the ML. I found these to be a super appealing speaker when I first heard them with the right amp pairing.
Full disclosure, I am a dealer and speaker manufacturer. I an a Spendor, Scansonic and Focal dealer. I am considering bringing in Audiovector at the moment and have no relationship with Revel, Magico, Devore or Wilson Benesch.
I just started upgrading my home theatre/stereo set-up from 2K to 4K. Great minds think alike. :-)
So far I have the following gear:
* Anthem MRX-1140
* Panasonic DP-UB9000
* Sony XBR-49X950H (limited to 49" due to AV cabinet)
* Furman Elite-15 DM-I Power Conditioner
* Revel Performa - F228Be (front pair), C426Be (center), M126Be (surround pair), B110v2 (sub pair)
* Monitor Audio CP-CT260 Atmos speakers (2 pairs-it is a long story why I used MA and not Revel)
I am strongly considering adding the ML 585.5 to the fronts as a pass through. I was originally considering purchasing a more powerful amp but every one I spoke to mentioned the biggest bang for the buck in integrated amp. How do you like the integrated amp so far? Perhaps you can message me off-line were you were able to get a "screaming deal".
I found a great deal on ML 585 but I listen to a lot of vinyl and would require a 585.5.
Thanks for your help.
Following up on this thread to close it out. Ended up finding a pair of Devore Gibbon X's used just a few miles from where I live. Really a perfect compliment to the ML 585.5. The musicality of this system is off the charts, often catching me off guard. Piano and other string instruments are where I notice it most. The sound stage is exceptional, though I did find the Gibbon's a bit challenging to place in my room. Working on upgrading the music server element of the equation which will hopefully equate to a wrap on this adventure.