THERE’S a new Magico coming to town, and we must warn you that it’s only for the select crowd that doesn’t think plonking down a six-figure sum on a pair of speakers is a big deal. The Magico M7 is a four-way, six-driver floorstander that features the company’s latest drive-unit technology and an organically-shaped carbon fibre-and-aluminium enclosure.
Remember the flagship M9 from 2020? The M7 features much of the same technology and was conceived by founder/CEO Alon Wolf as “a more accessible version of the semi-active M9.” Cheaper, that is, but this is all relative in such rarified spheres.
“The Magico engineering team was tasked with creating the all-passive M7, capable of sound quality never before achieved in a speaker of its size. Magico leveraged tools such as a Klippel near-field scanner and a Polytec laser doppler vibrometer, among many other advanced tools, along with two decades of design experience creating the industry’s most advanced speakers,” the company tells us.
“All M7 drivers were designed to eliminate music-related distortions in both the frequency and time domains. Their design was optimised using the latest state-of-the-art FEA simulation. Acoustic, mechanical, electromagnetic, and thermal behaviours were examined on a single platform allowing simultaneous optimisation of each parameter.”
A 28mm pure-beryllium, diamond-coated diaphragm tweeter, a five-inch Gen 8 pure midrange unit, two nine-inch Gen 8 midbass drivers and two 12-inch Gun 8 woofers are mounted in each enclosure, networking via Magico’s Elliptical Symmetry Crossover, used in its costliest and most advanced form here.
“The four-way network contains components from Mundorf of Germany and Duelund Coherent Audio of Denmark; only the finest of their types and values were selected.
“The M7’s ESXO crossover perfectly integrates the six drive units into a virtual point source – the six drivers sounding as one complete whole.”
Magico’s continued research and development in eliminating cabinet vibration and stored energy has seen numerous ground-breaking advancements, so the one on the M7 is pretty heavy duty too.
“The M7’s enclosure design is simply not possible using common sheet-stock construction methods. The enclosure begins with a monocoque carbon-fibre shell conceived using FEA modelling. A multi-ply aluminium front baffle with constrained-layer damping using aerospace composites is affixed to an aluminium rear baffle with front-to-back tensioning rods.
“The result is a cabinet that produces negligible internal resonances, enabling a minimal amount of damping. The baffle shape was refined until almost no diffraction effects were measurable.”
On the rear of each M7 is a chrome plate with Wolf’s signature – a personal endorsement of every M7 that leaves the Magico factory. The weight per speaker is 239kg.
The M7 is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2024, with a recommended retail price of US$375,000 per pair.