ANOTHER model in Magico’s “S” line gets upgraded – the S3, following in the footsteps of the S1 and S5, between which it is sandwiched. There’s a new nine-inch bass driver derived from the 10th anniversary M-Project and Magico’s one-inch diamond-coated beryllium tweeter that betters the original design.
Here’s Magico’s take on the 77kg unit: A new aluminium housing for the magnet structure minimises overall resonance and improves the isolation parameters for the tweeter dome element. The long-throw voice coil enables lower distortion and optimal cut-off frequencies that enhance driver integration with the midrange driver.
“Magico’s extraordinary midrange reproduction is attained from a proprietary six-inch driver that also sets a new benchmark for measured performance. The cone material is formulated using Multi-Wall carbon fibre and a layer of XG Nanographene, which when combined is 20% lighter and 300% stiffer than the previous S-series cone designs. The purpose-built sub-enclosure is made of a proprietary polymer material which provides an isolated and optimised environment for the midrange driver to operate within.
“Deep, powerful, and accurate bass frequencies result from two newly-designed nine-inch Magico bass drivers that are produced with advanced manufacturing techniques using the same new Multi-Wall carbon, Nanographene cone. The powerful magnet structure controls a five-inch pure titanium voice coil that has a 1/2-inch of linear excursion and produces clean, undistorted sound pressure levels up to 112dB.
The monocoque enclosure of the S3 Mk II is formed from a single piece of extruded aluminium that is 3/8-inch thick and 12-inches in diameter. The new aluminium top plate is machined into an elegant 3D convex shape to minimise enclosure diffraction and break up vertical standing waves. A massive base plate incorporates a newly designed four-point outrigger support system that lowers the speaker’s centre of gravity and increases overall stability, resulting in a lower noise floor and increased dynamic range.
“All four drivers in the S3 Mk II are acoustically integrated using Magico’s exclusive Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology that utilises state-of-the-art components from Mundorf of Germany. The dividing network maximises frequency bandwidth while preserving phase linearity and minimising intermodulation distortion.
The S3 Mk II is available in two finish options – M-Cast (textured satin coat) and M-Coat (smooth high-gloss paint). Shipping begins in January 2017, and the retail price is US$28,000 a pair (M-Cast) / US$32,000 (M-Coat).