Words By: Sam Kessler
Back in 2014, Magico release the M-Project. The loudspeaker however was more than just a new model; it was a statement, a testament to the highest levels of audio engineering Magico could produce. Given the company’s decades of innovation in the area, that’s very high indeed.
It provided a glimpse at some of the new systems Magico were developing, granting a rare insight into the types of technologies and concepts that were their focus. Needless to say it was a masterpiece. Limited as it was however, it’s now a collector’s piece that just a handful of audiophiles can lay claim to.
However, exceptional as the M-Project was, that was back in 2014. A lot can happen in two years. Now Magico have refined those preliminary concepts and fully-realised the technologies therein. Indeed, the M3 could easily have been named the M-Perfect. Fortunately Magico aren’t quite that boastful – even if the new speakers do have a lot to be proud of.
Starting where the M-Project left off, the M3 takes the design and overall theme of the original and takes it further. One major way Magico have done that is with the introduction of graphene. 100 times stronger than the highest grade steel and far lighter, graphene has both the structural rigidity and lightness to create the perfect speaker cone.
In essence graphene is a wonder material for high end audio. The six-inch midrange and seven-inch bass driver cones found in the M3 are both manufactured from Multi-Wall carbon XG Nanographene, pushing them above and beyond anything Magico has produced before. Yet that’s not where the material innovations stop.
To ensure even greater performance, the tweeter is the same diamond-coated beryllium diaphragm version that was first seen in the original M-Project. This version however is even more advanced, customized to match the sensitivity and power handling capabilities of the M3 which are extraordinary. Combined, these characteristics make it easily one of the most advanced tweeters in the world. Plus, who wouldn’t enjoy saying that their speakers use diamond?
The advanced in the M3 go beyond the materialistic however; the very structure of the speaker is designed with performance in mind. Vertically-aligned bass drivers allow ideal room integration and frequency range, all the way down to the very lowest. The mid-range driver on the other hand operates in its own sub-enclosure crafted from a proprietary polymer to ensure rigidity and lessen interference even at the highest levels of performance.
An internal three-axis framework supports the carbon fibre shell oh the cabinet, itself sharing more characteristics with a performance car than many a speaker. This inner support structure further enhances the rigidity and structural strength of the M3, eliminating unwanted resonances and colourations of sound.
In 2014, the M-Project was the height of Magico’s audio engineering expertise; today it is the M3. It may not be an entirely new species, more an evolution, but the M3 takes the astounding innovations first presented two years ago and pushes them even further, setting a very, very high benchmark to follow. Magico’s entire ethos is a “no holds-barred assault on what is possible in contemporary loudspeaker design.” The M3 embodies it perfectly.
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