Magico is one of the top speaker companies in the world. I’ve always been very impressed with the company’s demos—and its prices, which are way beyond my budget. In an effort to reach a somewhat wider audience, the new Magico A3 floor standing 3-way speaker drops the price of entry while incorporating many of the technologies found in the company’s more expensive models.
High frequencies are reproduced by Magico’s newly designed 28mm beryllium-dome tweeter that is based on the design of the M-Project tweeter. A customized neodymium motor system is encased in an improved back chamber with the latest generation of damping materials. The result is said to be ultra-low distortion, higher power handling, wide dynamic range, and extended linear voice-coil movement.
The 6-inch midrange driver is another new development based on a multi-wall carbon-fiber cone with a layer of XG nanographene that is said to provide an optimal stiffness-to-weight ratio and an ideal damping factor. An overhung neodymium motor system incorporates extra-large magnets to ensure a stable magnetic field in a 75mm titanium voice coil.
The Magico A3 also includes dual 7-inch woofers with a version of the new Gen 8 Nano-Tec cone, which is said to embody the proper combination of stiffness, mass, and damping. Reduced vibrational modes and maximized air flow result in minimal acoustic impact, and the overhung neodymium motor is the same as used in the midrange driver.
The four drivers in the Magico A3 are acoustically integrated using the company’s proprietary Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology that uses state-of-the-art components from Mundorf of Germany. The 3-way crossover network features a 24dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley filter that maximizes bandwidth while preserving phase linearity and minimizing intermodulation distortion.
Everything is housed in a sealed enclosure made entirely of 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, the same material used in the Q Series. The fully braced internal structure is finished with an elegant brushed-aluminum outer surface.
The published specs for the Magico A3 are impressive. The frequency response extends from 22 Hz to 50 kHz with a nominal impedance of 4 ohms—which means you need an amp capable of safely driving such a difficult load. The sensitivity is spec’d at 88 dB/W/m, and the minimum recommended power is 50 watts.
So, how much? $9800/pair. Of course, that still a lot of dough, but Magico’s next most expensive model, the S1 Mk II, goes for $16,500/pair. If lineage and history are any indication, the Magico A3 should sound fantastic, and for a lot less than other offerings from this company.