12/26/16

Magico S3 MK II – Magic for The Ears!


California-based speaker manufacturer Magico continues the overhaul of their S Series line of speakers with the introduction of the S3 MK II. 

Company founder and seeker of sonic perfection Alon Wolf is bent on continual advancements and improvements to the Magico lineup, and the S3 is the latest model to undergo a major redux.  The original S1 and S5 models have recently achieved MK II status, and the MK II version of the S3 rounds out the S Series lineup. 

Exactly how has the S3 earned the MK II grade?  After all, the original S3 was pretty darn good…

At quick glance, the updated speaker could almost be considered brand new.  While fairly similar in outward appearance, literally every facet of the speakers has been tweaked.  Let’s start at the top and work our way down…

The 1-inch diamond-coated beryllium-diaphragm tweeter has a new aluminum housing, along with improvements in the voice coil and other tweaks, providing lower distortion and resonance, and optimizing dispersion, power handling and blending with the other drivers.

One step down the frequency ladder is the 6-inch midrange driver which Magico reports as being 20% lighter and 300% more rigid than the previous S Series midrange.  You can thank a new cone material using Multi-layer carbon fiber and XG Nanographene.  This is high-tech stuff…!

The final rung of the frequency ladder is held down by a pair of 9-inch bass drivers using the same cone materials and manufacturing techniques as the 6-inch midrange.  These speakers have a full ½ inch of linear excursion courtesy of a pure titanium voice coil in the magnet structure. 

Nice…!

The speaker enclosure itself is formed from what Magico describes as “a single piece of extruded aluminum that is 3/8-inch thick and 12-inches in diameter.  The top plate is convex for sonic benefits, and the base plate has 4 outriggers to increase stability.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the crossover electronics, as they have been massaged to coincide with the driver and cabinet improvements.  Components from the crossover system come from highly-regarded Mundorf in Germany and use Magico’s Elliptical Symmetry Crossover design.

The end result is one nice pair of updated speakers.  The cabinets stand 48” tall and weigh in at 170 lbs. per.  Don’t move them alone!  Frequency response is rated at 24Hz-50 kHz with a 4-ohm impedance. 

Pricing is set at $28,000 for the standard M-Cast finish, with painted finishes a bit more.  The S3 MK II will be shipping to dealers in January.

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