WHAT? An almost affordable Magico? This seems to be the case with its new speakers, the A3, which will retail for under US$10,000 a pair. Goodness! Talk about the coming new year bringing glad tidings! But… but… how is this possible, you ask…?
The company explains:
Machined into the metal of every Magico loudspeaker is a subtle, yet permanent, “M”. Our symbol is a simple reminder to the owners of a Magico product that they have purchased a product born of an uncompromised, unapologetic pursuit of performance excellence. The standards we have set for a product bearing our M logo are not without consequence. The push forward into the development of new, exotic, costly technologies and materials has meant that these products are accessible only to a fortunate few. While we have long wanted to bring a more affordable product to the market, and despite constant experimentation and testing of various methods for reducing costs to achieve this goal, the results have always fallen short of earning the Magico M engraving.
We welcome you to the impossible made possible.
Magico is proud to launch the A series. At long last, a Magico loudspeaker obtainable for a wider audience. The A3 brings together a bevy of technologies unheard of at its price point. A fully braced and anodised aluminium enclosure, beryllium tweeter, carbon Nanographene cones, neodymium-based motor systems and our renowned elliptical crossover, the A3 is the impossible made possible.
Extended high frequencies are provided by a newly designed Magico pure beryllium-diaphragm tweeter with an optimised 28mm dome surface based on the fundamental design platform and geometry of the M-Project tweeter. The customised neodymium motor system is encased in an improved back chamber with our latest generation damping materials that facilitate ultra-low distortion, higher power handling, massive dynamic capabilities and extended linear voice coil movement.
The newly developed six-inch midrange employs a multi-wall carbon fibre cone with a layer of XG Nanographene providing optimal stiffness to weight ratios and an ideal damping factor. Overhung neodymium-based motor systems incorporate extra-large magnets to ensure a stabilised magnetic field in the 75mm pure titanium voice coils of both the midrange and bass drivers.
Dual seven-inch woofers incorporate a version of the new Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cone. The same properties and materials that allow for the proper combination of stiffness, mass and damping are carried through to the lowest frequencies. The chassis has also been simulated and tested for the optimal combination of stiffness and damping. Minimum acoustical impact is achieved through reducing vibration modes while maximising air flow. A new overhung neodymium (N48) based motor system anchors the low frequency reproducers to accomplish a super stabilised magnetic field. Pure Titanium, 75mm voice coils are consistent with the technology utilised through the midrange.
The A3 midrange and low-frequency drivers were optimised for minimal music related distortions in the band pass, in both the frequency and time domains using latest state of the art FEA simulation of acoustical, mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal behaviour. All of this is now being done on a single platform, allowing Magico to take the next step in performance optimisation.
All four drivers in the A3 are acoustically integrated using Magico’s proprietary Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology that utilises state-of-the-art components from Mundorf of Germany. The three-way network features a 24dB per octave Linkwitz-Riley filter that maximises frequency bandwidth while preserving phase linearity and minimising intermodulation distortion.
The A3’s massive sealed-enclosure is, like all Magicos, a tour-de-force of engineering. The enclosure is made entirely from 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminium, identical materially to the enclosure developed for the Q Series. This braced, complex internal structure is finished externally with an elegant brushed anodised “skin”. The A3 enclosure is best considered as a simplified Q Series design, with the same materials, the same craftsmanship, and the same attention to design and build detail.
As for the nitty gritty, the cabinet measures 112 x 27 x 23cm (h/d/w) and each unit weighs 50kg. Frequency response is quoted at 22Hz to 50kHz, with a sensitivity of 88dB and load of four ohms.
The Magico A3 ships in the first quarter of 2018. The figure for the cheque book is US$9,800.