Magico says M9 flagship Hi-Fi speaker is well worth £840,000

posted on Thursday, 18th June 2020 by Steve May

Loudspeakers  High-end  High Res Audio 

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Magico's M9 Hi-Fi loudspeaker occupies rarefied air, and not just because it stands 2m tall. Priced at £840,000 a pair they're amongst the most expensive in the world.

The California-based Hi-Fi specialist is renowned by enthusiasts for its premium products. But this is pricey even by its own outrageous standards.

The new flagship floorstander boasts the world’s first loudspeaker enclosure to combine inner and outer skins of carbon fiber with a revolutionary aluminum honeycomb core.

“Controlling cabinet vibration without storing energy remains one of the greatest challenges in loudspeaker design. Our quest for the ultimate in enclosures has driven us to pursue the latest in materials science, computerized modeling and meticulous assembly,” it says.

A four-way, six-driver design it also uses Magico's latest Nano-Tec cone technology. Using Graphene, the cones boast extreme stiffness with a tensile strength said to be comparable to carbon steel.

Each M9 has a 28mm beryllium-diamond dome tweeter, a 6-inch midrange driver, two 11-inch mid-bass drivers and two 15-inch bass drivers.

“The new drive unit delivers high-frequency reproduction of extraordinary accuracy, confirmed by Laser Interferometry testing and by careful listening. You’ll hear microdynamics of even greater subtlety, revealing musical detail with even greater clarity,” states the company.

Magico MXO Analogue Crossover Device

Supplied with the speakers is a Magico Analog Crossover (MXO) unit, required to manage the 120 Hz crossover frequency between bass and mid-bass drivers, and a secondary separate crossover power supply. In terms of amplification, integrators would need to specify four monaural amps or two stereo power plants.

Each speaker weighs a floor-testing 454kg and stands just over 2m tall. Even though the M9 has a commanding physical presence, in sonic terms it completely vanishes, says the company.

The launch of the M9 follows an introduction earlier this year of Magico’s more affordable A-Series.

The new A5 is a three-way floorstander, with fully braced aircraft-grade aluminium enclosure with Graphene Nano-Tec bass and midrange cones, and beryllium tweeter. It retails at £25,000 per pair.

Sole UK distributor is Absolute Sounds. Contact them on 020 8971 3909.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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