Magico M5 Loudspeakers
Few companies have made as big a splash in the
ultra-high-end speaker market as Magico. The $27,000-per-pair V3 loudspeaker received high
praise worldwide. At CES 2009, the Bay Area-based company showed the new M5 loudspeakers,
which are priced at $89,000 per pair and come loaded with many of the design features that
were introduced with the V3. The attention to detail certainly impressed our show-coverage
The main cabinet is constructed from
horizontally layered birchply, a material the company feels yields far superior
performance to traditional MDF. The front baffle is made from solid aluminum that is
attached right through to the back panel with tensioning rods. The six "pucks"
that can be seen on the back panel indicate the termination points of the rods and can be
used to tighten the rods and keep the enclosure stiff. When asked about the weight,
company president Alon Wolf said, "About 300 pounds, but we'll know better as soon as
we start shipping."
This side shot shows the layers of birchply
and also that the solid-aluminum front baffle is curved in a way that is aesthetically
pleasing and ideally aligns the drivers for optimal acoustic output.
Magico makes its own midrange and bass
drivers. The cone is constructed of carbon nanotubes as well as other materials. It's
something Magico calls Nano-Tec.
Magico's president and chief designer, Alon
Wolf, with the M5s.