Vivid Audio or Rockport Technologies or Magico?

To Doug Schneider,

If I can ask you your professional opinion on the Vivid Giya G1 or G2 versus the Rockport Cygnus/Avior II versus the Magico S5 Mk.II, as these are the three top contenders for my next speaker. I’ve heard the Vivids, which I absolutely love, and have heard Rockport Arrakis many times over at a friend’s and the Rockport Atria at RMAF. While I love the resolution and bass, I find the Rockports a bit dry, for lack of a better descriptor. The Magicos sound great but sounded a bit warm, which can be addictive, but I wish they were a bit less so. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and I hope you are having a great holiday!

Steve B.
United States

Of the speakers you mentioned, and putting price aside, I’d personally go for one of the two Vivids first, then the Magico S5 Mk.II, then one of the Rockports. The reason is pretty simple -- the Vivid Audio Giya G2 is still the best overall speaker I’ve ever heard. Surprisingly, I actually like it a little more than the G1 because of its smaller size. I also like the Vivid sound -- transparent, incisive, and extremely precise.

As for what you should do, I think you’ve answered it in your own letter, since the Vivids are the ones you “absolutely love.” Now you just have decide if you want the G1 or G2. Don’t automatically think the G1 is better -- the G2 could be what works better in your room, which is what matters the most. Please write me back after you’ve purchased and tell me what you’ve done. . . . Doug Schneider