As of today, I have been living with Triangle Magellan Cello for a week. To summarize my journey in a quest for perfect speaker that I truly love, it is worth going back and looking at all speakers I have tried/owned in my current listening space. 1. Spendor S5e 2. Reference 3A Veena 3. Merlin VSM 4. Dynaudio Contour S3.4 5. Spendor D9 6. Spendor A6R 7. Spendor D7 8. Dynaudio Contour 60 9. Dynaudio special 40 10. Harbeth P3ESR 11. Harbeth HL5 12. Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary 13. Devore 0/96 14. Devore Super 9 15. Wilson Sabrina 16. Raidho C3.2 17. Vandersteen Treo CT It is a rather extensive list considering that most of these speakers became resident at my place for several weeks/months. I tried them with different amplification starting from 8W SET and ending at my current 400W a channel, mono-blocks. While living with my last speaker – DeVore Fidelity Super 9, and being quite satisfied and content with their integration into my listening space, I knew something was missing. They were musical but could not be pushed without distortion. Sound stage was wide but scale and depth missing. They sounded small and light – sometimes thin. I wanted something that will bring random goosebumps…..DeVore simply did not cut it… they were just average – sometimes even boring speakers. Fast-forward to now – my local dealer received pair of Triangle Magellan Cello in a beautiful ruby red finish. The aesthetics of that speaker made a huge impression on me! Initially I was very skeptical as to the titanium – horn loaded tube tweeter. These are known in the industry to sound forward, bright and fatiguing when implemented incorrectly. The artisanship of Magellan towers were simply breathtaking – solid materials and well-planned engineering with best spoke parts. Speakers’ binding posts of very high quality and attention to details obvious at every little area of the speaker. Cellos were two class up from what I got with DeVore Super 9s as far as build quality and solidity goes. (Little gibbons looked like toys in my room) I did some major research and investigation into Triangle manufacture that day. I checked all international reviews I could find (Polish, Chinese, Japanese, German, English, US) about the Magellan line. I discovered that Triangle makes all their parts including drivers and crossover parts in their French factory and they own anechoic chamber for research and development. I truly respect all companies that rely on both – objectivism and subjectivism in their development. Measurements are as important as listening during the design stage. Initially, I got slightly disappointed and discouraged - most reviewers stated that Triangle speakers can sound forward and bright when paired with wrong electronics in live room. I did not give up and when read between lines; it became obvious that Magellan series has certain magic about them. The common denominator seemed to be speed, agility, startle dynamics, resolution, scale, soundstage, and low end. When I found measurements for Cello and higher models (Stereophile, HiFi News, Polish Audio, Stereoplay) from Magellan lines, it became obvious that these designs required powerful solid-state amplification that will pump enough current when impedance dips are happening. Looking at the impedance characteristics and phase angles (especially at low frequency range) one can easily conclude that any tube amp should be avoided or speakers will sound forward with lacking authority in low end. At that moment in time, I did not have a chance to hear Magellan Cello yet – all my findings and conclusions were strictly theoretical. The Cello model is specified at 91dB/W/m and most measurements support that value with Triangle reporting on the rather conservative side. The impedance dips in low end to 2.2 Ohms with 60-70 degree phase angles. At that point, I knew these babies need power (amp current delivery efficiency) to show their true potential. Before I went any farther with speaker research, I pulled out the measurements for my current Simaudio Moon 400M monoblocks to see if they are stable into 2-4 Ohm loads. It turned out 400Ms can easily put 600-700W continuously into low impedances without any sweat or distortion. One boxed checked – amplification is ready for future audition… It was interesting to find out that Luxman is often paired with Triangle Magellan models at different audio shows especially often in North America and Japan. I went back to all those Magellan’s reviews that claimed the forward sound, to see what amplification was used. From experience, I have seen that people have a tendency to match tube amps anytime they see higher than usual efficiency speaker. Once again, my experience won over – most reviews for Magellan Cellos were performed with tube amplification. I even found one that the person used 8W SET! The only one review that was actually very positive came from a man who used very high-powered SS amplification. At this point, I was very optimistic about trying Magellan Cello in my space. I have several thick woolen rugs in my room and quite a few cabinets with books, records, CDs and memorabilia so the celling is the only one untreated and reflective surface. It is a second level in my condominium that is shaped unregularly with acoustic pressure dissipation across the whole area. Walls are made from concrete and plywood so it is difficult to predict how speaker will sound in such a difficult acoustically environment. Most well reviewed speakers sounded recessed and lifeless in my space. Total disappointment came from Harbeth 40.2, Devore 0/96, and all floor-standing Dynaudio models. It is important to mention that I cannot tolerate fatiguing and forward sounding systems but on the other hand, I still have to be able to differentiate between cello and violin… trumpet and sax. Devore Super 9s were better in resolving details and throwing wide stage than other speakers I have tried but still did not give me the experience and fidelity I was after. The C3.2 from Raidho was pretty close to perfection, however considering their rather steep price ($38k in US), I decided to hold off. Sabrinas from Wilson were outstanding speakers but the sound staging was simply not there – In my room, they could not disappear the way small speakers could. Dynaudio Special 40s were all time winner in that department and Devore Super 9s took second spot unquestionably. Being dissatisfied with Super 9s resolution and midrange, I wanted to try something new, for the territory that I have always avoided all these years – forward sounding speaker with metal tweeter. I have always stayed away from B&W, Focal and Wilson speakers for that reason….I simply never heard a pair from these manufacturers that I truly love in a long run. I am a close friend with a local high-end audio dealer so the opportunity to try Magellan Cello in my space showed up. Being totally mesmerized by the French company roots and belief in engineering as well as OUTSTANDING manufacturing quality, I brought Triangle speakers home… The unpacking “ceremony” was a special event in its own kind –packaging material is extremely thoughtful with simple yet protective materials. The touch of luxury is evident at first sight – the speakers come with orange velvet dust covers and are meant to be on when speakers are not in use. Two large, wooden boxes hold 8 spike assemblies with a supplied hex wrench. Large Triangle catalogue as well as manual is included as well. What really got me intrigued was inclusion of individual speaker’s measurements with technicians, QAs and shipping personnel sign-offs! What a nice touch! At this point, I was super optimistic, excited and full of hopes that this could be the “game over” speaker…. (Honestly, based on aesthetics – I SO wanted it to be!) When removed from shipping boxes and situated on the floor next to DeVore Super 9s, Cellos were 15” taller, MUCH heavier and solid. Gibbons, on the other hand looked like a little cheap toys when compared. At this moment (before even hearing music from Triangles), I was sure of one thing – even if Magallanes are not the ultimate speakers for me, DeVore design has to go. I obviously listen with my ears, BUT aesthetics play an important role in a process as well. After positioning Cellos in the exact spot where Devore Super 9 used to sit, hooking up my Cardas Clear Beyond speaker cables, I played some tunes from Tord Gustavsen’s phenomenal“Restored, Returned” ECM release. (Another important feature that I learn is that all models from Triangle Magellan line are fully broken in at the factory before speaker ships to its owner. Looking at included with Cellos measurements and paper work – the pair I have on hand had 450 hours of break-in in France. Bravo Triangle!) At this point in time, without fine tuning speaker positioning and trying only CD as a source, I knew this speaker is very special and very much up to my liking. I have always believed in first impressions – whether at work, or in a relationship, audio, cars etc. With most speakers I have tried the process was opposite (especially with DeVore and Harbeths), I did not like them at first but then I spent time to justify their presence in my room….Triangles are different – love at first sight without a doubt. The first 3 days I spent playing CD albums while fine-tuningspeakers positioning for best performance. On the 4th day, after I got best sound in my room, I have started to play records. My jaw hit the floor and stayed there for the next 3 days…I will go into details in a minute. Something interesting yet predictable happened. Playing at 88dB levels for extended time, my Simaudio monoblocks got quite warm to touch. This is the first time it ever happened since I own the pair! This occurrence confirms my predictions that these speakers require powerful amplification to shine. I will start from the summary – this speaker plays well above its asking price killing designs 3X their price. In a correct environment with a well-matched – powerful amplification, it is a “game over” tower! They destroyed $38000 Raidho and $18000 Sabrinas in dynamics, resolution as well as musicality. I wanted to make sure the aesthetic part of equation is not overshadowing the actual sound perception so I decided to listen to Alan Shaw’s (Harbeth) advice and leave grills on for all the listening. This way, I do not see beautiful large drivers that could possibly skewed my findings. With grills on, Triangles lost theirmagical beauty in a way they looked. I did not really waste my time comparing the sound with grills on and off – I simply did not want to explore audio hell. Powerful Simaudio amplification stay in control of Cellos all the time never sounding fatiguing or forward – I am very surprised in a way that horn loaded tweeter sounds - It is silky smooth with a presence that gives all vocals and instruments free flowing resolution. I can never tell that metal transducer being used – there is enough air around each note that listening never become boring. This speaker will show you many “I didn’t know this was there” moments. The Triangle Magellan Cello is the most exciting speaker I have ever heard in my space bar none! The 91dB efficiency comes into play when we want to mention the out-of-this world dynamics – perhaps one of the Cello’s biggest advantage and positive. It punches so fast and tight that it will make you jump with a right recording when driven by powerful amplification. Ron Carter’s acoustic bass goes down low and each string’s plug will be felt on listener’s chest. Like Mike Tyson at its prime – quick, precise, and unexpected. Music to me is all about emotions and I need resolving speaker to create them. It is VERY difficult to find the speaker that is resolving but not fatiguing in a long run, which is why I am truly happy and grateful to my local dealer to find these rare gems from France… During my several chats with the owner and chief engineer at Dartzeel - Herve Deletraz, He advised to look for speakers that are efficient with preferably 1st order crossovers to convey realistic dynamics swings with little phase errors and time delays. I think I start to hear what he was after when I am listening to efficient Triangles… I will be making periodical updates as to how the sounds evolves….