Magico Expands Q Speaker Series

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Berkeley, Calif. - Magico is expanding its Q series of high-end home speakers whose enclosures are made of aircraft-grade aluminum.

The company uses aluminum because of its density and high stiffness/mass ratio, said sales director Irv Gross.

The company has begun shipping the $34,000/pair Q3 and plans third-quarter shipments of the Q1 at $24,950/pair. They join the top-end $59,950/pair Q5, which shipped last May.

The Q1 is a compact, convertible stand-mounted/bookshelf loudspeaker that will replace and outperform the $32,000/pair Mini II, which features an aluminum baffle, Gross said.

The Q1 features a new set of Magico-designed drivers, including a 7-inch Nano-Tec woofer developed to improve efficiency and power handling, enabling the Q1 to be driven by amps with as few as 50 watts, he said. The driver also extends bass response down another 7Hz compared to the Mini II.

To address what Gross called "the common problem of resonance in the stand mount," the Q1 is directly coupled to the stand, turning the stand itself into a damping mechanism.

The Q3, which premiered at CES, is a floor-standing three-way tower that is the same height as the Q5 but is narrower and shallower. The 47 by 10.5 by 16-inch Q3 is the first Magico loudspeaker to achieve a sensitivity rating of 90 dB (at 1watt/1 meter and 1kHz nominal impedance), Gross noted.

The Q3 features three 7-inch woofers, one 6-inch midrange, and a 1-inch tweeter.

Magico makes its speakers in Berkeley and builds the aluminum enclosures it its own machine shop in San Jose, Calif., to lower manufacturing costs, Gross noted.


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