Magico says that the new flagship M9 loudspeaker is the “summation of our no-holds-barred assault on the limits of dynamic loudspeaker design, the new Magico M9 establishes new benchmarks in musicality, transparency and fidelity.

This four-way, six-driver floor standing system features the world’s first loudspeaker enclosure to combine inner and outer skins of carbon fibre with a aluminium honeycomb core. Included with the M9 is an analogue outboard active crossover, the MXO. Designed in-house, the Magico MXO unit handles bass/midbass frequency separation. In addition, the M9 benefits from Magico’s latest generation of Nano-Tec speaker cones, featuring aluminium honeycomb cores.

Carbon Fibre & Aluminium Enclosure

Magico told us more about the cabinet enclosure: “From the very outset, we’ve known that the loudspeaker enclosure must enable sound to pass through completely, without “singing along” with the music. 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 modelling and meticulous assembly. The M9 represents a new milestone in that journey: the world’s first loudspeaker enclosure with carbon fibre inner and outer skins over an aluminium honeycomb core. This technology reduces overall weight yet doubles the structural stiffness”.

“The enclosure also incorporates our latest application of constrained layer damping using aerospace composites, plus familiar features of Magico construction including a baffle board of 6061 T6 aircraft aluminium and front-to-back tensioning rods. Through many rounds of Finite Element Analysis modelling, we fine-tuned the enclosure design to suppress resonances and any possibility of stored energy. We also calibrated the organic shape of the enclosure and machined the front baffle to reduce diffraction effects to near zero. Sound waves from the drivers propagate without obstruction. You can hear the difference. The resulting soundfield replicates that of the recording space. Even though the M9 has a commanding physical presence, in sonic terms, it completely vanishes”.

New Beryllium-Diamond Dome Tweeter

Magico has long recognized that the bending and flexing of non-pistonic motion in a soft dome tweeter leads to large-scale distortion. That’s why they chose the high strength and light weight of Beryllium. And they went even further, enhancing Beryllium with the incredible stiffness of diamond, carefully applied by chemical vapour deposition. This enabled them to go larger, building the world’s first 28 mm Beryllium dome and improving performance without the weight penalty that diamond normally incurs. Now the M9 raises the stakes with an even more refined 28 mm Beryllium-diamond dome tweeter.

Eighth Generation Nano-Tec Cones With Aluminium Honeycomb Core

Magico’s insistence on diaphragm rigidity and pistonic motion also drove them to offer the world’s first loudspeaker cones with incredibly strong graphene nanotubes. Every cone in the M9 incorporates their eighth generation Nano-Tec design. With this design, Magico became the world’s first to feature an aluminium honeycomb core sandwiched between graphene/carbon fibre skins. In previous Nano-Tec cones, the skins provided all the stiffness and the core provided damping. The aluminium honeycomb provides a core material so stiff that they need to apply 26,500 pounds (12,000 kg) of pressure to shape the 15-inch cones. This added stiffness pushes resonant frequencies far beyond audibility, requiring hardly any damping at all.

Graphene, the hallmark of the Nano-Tec cones, is a hexagonal lattice of carbon just one atom thick. Graphene combines incredible stiffness with the highest tensile strength of any material known to science – some 40 times that of carbon steel. The resulting cone is so rigid that, inverted on the ground, it will not deform after being run over by a large car.

New Magico Aluminium Honeycomb Core Sandwich Cone

As a cone driver plays intense musical peaks, voice coil temperatures can climb over 100° F (40° C) in a single second. Heating can double the voice coil’s DC resistance, alter the frequency response curve and compress the music as much as 3 dB – a substantial nonlinearity. Magico drivers overcome these distortions. The M9 cone voice coils are huge – 3, 4 and 5 inches in diameter – for much faster dissipation of heat and greater control over the cone. Vents in the voice coil formers provide another level of heat dissipation. Magico chose formers of pure Titanium for its ideal combination of stiffness and resistance to eddy currents.

Underhung Voice Coil And Oversized Neodymium Magnets

The force that the magnetic circuit applies to the voice coil can drop as much as 50% as the voice coil moves away from the central, rest position. This drop-off can be asymmetrical. Motion does not faithfully track the input signal, generating substantial harmonic and intermodulation distortion. Magico Nano-Tec drivers exercise control over voice coil movement by providing underhung voice coils in a magnetic circuit of massive power. They use neodymium magnets with 16 times the magnetic energy per unit volume of Ferrite. In preference to an array of small Neodymium magnets, they select uncommonly large Neodymium ring magnets. As an extra measure against asymmetry, these drivers deploy a matching magnet on top. The result is prodigious flux density, up to 1.7 Tesla (17,000 Gauss), maintained across uncommonly long air gaps, up to 36 mm. This enables distortion-free output up to 120 dB SPL at 1 meter.

6-inch midrange driver (x1). The new midrange features a 4-inch voice coil to help maintain linear output all the way to 120 dB SPL at 1 meter.

11-inch mid bass drivers (x2). This entirely new driver incorporates an N48H grade Neodymium ring magnet: 120 mm diameter x 8 mm height, plus a second matching magnet on top for complete control of voice coil movement.

15-inch bass drivers (x2). The new bass driver features a cone moulded by 26,500 pounds of pressure. A long 36 mm air gap facilitates linear excursion, ±15 mm, at high sensitivity.

Magico Analogue Crossover (MXO)

Magico explained more about the new outboard crossover: “The 120 Hz crossover frequency between the bass and mid-bass drivers poses a special challenge. At such a low frequency, a passive crossover would require huge inductors and capacitors. Even if the very best parts were auditioned and selected with care, such large circuit elements would incur unavoidable, substantial losses. To overcome this issue, we created an analogue, active 2-way crossover, the Magico Analogue Crossover or MXO. This substantial component provides steep filter slopes without any sacrifice in signal quality”.

The crossover’s design features Linkwitz-Riley filters to deliver 24 dB per octave slopes at the crossover frequency of 120 Hz. Designed in-house from Magico’s own platform, the analogue crossover is fully balanced with completely discrete circuitry from input to output. Open architecture accommodates additional filter topologies. Precision step attenuators provide 0.5 dB/step control of each output, using a proprietary technique to ensure purity in the signal path. The external power supply chassis regenerates AC and applies active regulation to every part of the circuitry.

The M9 tweeter, midrange and mid-bass drivers are controlled by a three-way passive crossover with acoustical target 24 dB-per-octave Linkwitz-Riley filters. Magico’s elliptical symmetry crossover design preserves maximum frequency bandwidth with minimal IM distortion.

Specifications

Driver complement:

1.10-inch diamond coated Beryllium tweeter (x1)

6-inch Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cone with Aluminium honeycomb core (x1)

11-inch Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cones with Aluminium honeycomb core (x2)

15-inch Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cones with Aluminium honeycomb core (x2)

Sensitivity: 94 dB

Impedance: 4 ohms

Frequency response: 18 Hz – 50 kHz

Power handling: 20 W (min) to 2000 W (max)

Dimensions:Loudspeaker: 80” H x 40” D x 20” W (203 x 102 x 51 cm)

Crossover: 8” H x 18” D x 20” W (20 x 46 x 51 cm)

Crossover power supply: 8” H x 18” D x 20” W (20 x 46 x 51 cm)

Weight: Loudspeaker: 1000 pounds (454 kg) each

Crossover: 40 lbs. (18 kg)

Crossover power supply: 60 lbs. (27 kg)

Suggested US Retail Price

$750,000/pair, available Q4 2020

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