THERE’S a new kid in the Magico line-up, distilled from the technology seen on the M6 and M3 – the M2, a four-drive/three-way design which also features a new monocoque enclosure.
According the Magico, this enclosure is “similar in construction technique introduced in the M6, and formed using multiple layers of carbon fibre, adding up to a 3/8-inch thickness.” The material is similar to the external shell of an F-35 fighter jet.
“Compared with machined or extruded aluminium parts, this increases the structural strength-to-weight ratio by a factor of 60, while reducing overall weight by 50%, yielding outer dimensions that are 30% smaller without compromising internal volume. The curved interior and exterior walls minimise internal standing waves and eliminate external diffractions.”
A 28-mm diamond-coated beryllium dome tweeter with optimised geometry handles the upper frequency registers.
“The diamond coating on the beryllium dome increases the stiffness without adding the extra weight of a pure diamond dome and offers a near perfect stiffness-to-weight ratio that is unmatched in the industry. This revolutionary tweeter design provides extra-long excursion movement and uses a customised neodymium-based motor system that matches the sensitivity and power handling capabilities of the M2 while maintaining ultra-wide dispersion characteristics and ultra-low distortion measurements.”
The single midrange and twin bass drivers use the familiar graphene cones.
“The newly-designed Magico six-inch midrange driver and seven-inch bass driver cones are both manufactured using multi-mall carbon XG Nanographene with a new ultra-stiff proprietary carbon weave which is 20% lighter and 300% stiffer than cone materials used in previous Magico product offerings.
“The midrange driver features an underhung neodymium-based motor system that uses two extra-large magnets which provide an ultra-stabilised magnetic field for the pure Titanium voice coil to operate within. This radical new driver design sets a new industry benchmark for performance and the minimisation of total harmonic distortion.”
The midrange driver is contained in a “purpose-built sub-enclosure formed of a proprietary polymer to optimise the control and articulation of mid-band frequencies and provide protection from the massive back wave pressure of the bass drivers.”
The dual bass drivers are vertically aligned for ideal room integration and to reproduce the lowest registers of bass frequency with speed and accuracy.
“All four drivers in the M2 are acoustically integrated using Magico’s exclusive Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology that includes state-of-the-art components from Mundorf of Germany.”
There’s also a stand, the MPOD 3-Pt, which “contributes to the overall sonic performance by converting mechanical energy to heat through the science of constrained layer damping, while providing ideal coupling to the floor.”
Each M2, with a sensitivity of 88dB and frequency range of 26Hz to 50kHz, weights about 75kg.
Available early next year, a pair of M2 loudspeakers will retail at US$56,000… add US$7,600 for the optional plinth.