California screaming
Hi-Fi Choice|August 2021
This Californian premier speaker brand’s flagship A series model is its most advanced ‘entry-level’ floor stander yet

DETAILS

PRODUCT Magico A5

ORIGIN USA

TYPE Floorstanding loudspeaker

WEIGHT 82kg

DIMENSIONS (HxWxD) 1137x267x378mm

FEATURES

● 28mm beryllium dome tweeter

● 105mm midrange and 3x 175mm sandwiched-coned bass drivers

● Quoted sensitivity: 88dB/1W/1m (8ohm)

DISTRIBUTOR Absolutesounds. com

WEBSITE magico.net

The last 18 months have seen the plans of many an ambitious company and entrepeneur at worst thwarted or at best thrown into utter disarray by the arrival and refusal to budge of the dreaded COVID. California’s high-end Magico speaker brand is one such enterprise. Back in 2019, they had planned a worldwide tour to showcase numerous new performance technologies in the very large and very expensive M9 flagship. That, of course, never happened thanks to the modern plague. Not to be defeated, Magico took a long, hard look at their schedule and innovated, introducing instead the ‘trickle-down’ of tech to its A series so it ended up happening well in advance of the main event itself. This A5, deemed ‘more affordable’ at a mere £28k, is the 180lb/82kg gorilla of the A range, now unleashed.

Devilish detail

While the look and feel of the A5 is very much that of the company’s A1 writ large, in practice the common ground diverges beyond the shared 28mm beryllium dome tweeter and use of 6061-T6 ‘aircraft grade’ aluminium slabs for the cabinet, braced and reinforced by an internal matrix of square-section alloy tubing. Debuted in the A5, and surely the real star of the show here, is Magico’s new 105mm midrange driver – the first ‘pure mid’ unit from the brand, working within its own sealed enclosure and isolated from the backpressure of the woofers. It’s smaller, lighter and more rigid than Magico’s previous upper bass/ mid units, boasting improved dispersion and a higher/wider 350Hz2.2kHz bandwidth. The devil, as always, is in the detail and this diminutive ‘Nano-Tec’ driver, with its composite of modern materials is certainly most devilishly clever. Here we find a cellular alloy honeycomb core that’s skinned top and bottom with a reinforcing layer of carbonfibre and graphene.

The increased stiffness is designed to push primary breakup resonances out beyond the cone’s passband so there’s less need for weighty damping countermeasures. Magico supports and terminates the cone with a very light and compliant foam surround that’s simply less restrictive than a traditional rubber roll.

Sure enough, a more substantial rubber surround is deployed for the partnering 175mm woofers, but these are supporting a larger cone with a far longer throw. Otherwise these beefier drivers share the same cone construction as the new mid, again with titanium for the voice-coil former but with a more powerful neodymium-doped magnet instead of the pure ferrite ‘engine’ of the mid.

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