MAGICO A1 Stand mtg speakers

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MAGICO A1 - Reference Quality 2-Way Stand Mtg Loudspeaker 

Building on the tremendous success of the A3, Magico is proud to expand the A-Series with the introduction of the new A1 bookshelf loudspeaker -- a fully braced aluminium enclosure, beryllium dome tweeter, carbon Nanographene cone, and our renowned elliptical crossover. The A1 represents an unprecedented value in its price category.

Aircraft Grade Aluminium Enclosure

The A1 enclosure is constructed using 3⁄8” thick 6061 T6 aircraft grade aluminium, similar to the enclosure developed for the Q1 and is available in an elegant brushed-aluminium, black anodised finish. An innovative internal bracing technique along with the most advanced damping materials makes the sealed enclosure incredibly rigid and free of unwanted mechanical resonances. The complete enclosure design of the A1 is evaluated in simulation using the latest FEA software along with physical testing to meet the uncompromising requirements of Magico for optimised enclosure rigidity, stability and to ensure benchmark acoustical standards.

High Frequency Driver

Featuring the same tweeter as the full range A3, the A1 utilises a pure Beryllium-diaphragm with an optimised 28-mm dome based on the fundamental design platform and geometry of our reference M-Series tweeter. The customised neodymium motor system is encased in an improved back chamber with our latest generation damping materials that facilitate ultra-low distortion, higher power handling, massive dynamic capabilities, and extended linear voice coil movement.

Mid-Bass Driver

The newly developed 6.5-inch mid-bass driver features a Multi-Wall carbon fibre cone with a layer of XG Nanographene, providing optimal stiffness to weight ratio and an ideal damping factor. The driver frame has been designed, simulated and tested for the optimal combination of stiffness and damping. Minimum acoustical impact is achieved through reducing vibration modes while maximising air flow. The motor system incorporates extra-large magnets to ensure a stabilised magnetic field in the 39mm pure titanium voice coil. The A1 mid-bass driver is optimised for minimal music related distortions in its bandpass, in both the frequency and time domains using state of the art finite element analysis simulation of acoustical, mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal behaviour.

Crossover

The drivers in the A1 are acoustically integrated using Magico’s proprietary Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology that utilises state-of-the-art components from Mundorf of Germany. The 2-way network features a 24db per octave Linkwitz-Riley filter that maximises frequency bandwidth while preserving phase linearity and minimising intermodulation distortion.

Specifications

Reviews

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.6"H x 12"D x 8.5"W
Weight: 45 lbs.
High: 1.1" Beryllium Dome Tweeter
Mid-Bass: 6.5” Graphene Nano-Tec Midbass
Sensitivity: 85dB
impedance: 4 ohms
Ship date: 3rd Quarter 2019

Reviews

More than a chip off the Magico block, the A1 sets the standard for pint-sized stand mounts - if you are short on space but deep of pocket, the Magico A1s are Hobson's choice (no choice : ) It's as simple as that.
Paul Millar

Hi-Fi News Verdict: for the A1 Magico has leveraged its years of engineering know-how, made sensible concessions to the bill of materials, and condensed the lot into a remarkably solid little speaker. Its design allows for great flexibility in placement, in-room, on-table or classic 'bookshelf' locations. And its sound is so smoothly extended and integrated that many an intermediate-sized floorstander will be put out to pasture.

REVIEW: Chalk and cheese. Night and day. Or perhaps David and Goliath... Call it what you will, but the transition between Avantgarde's huge, horn-loaded Duo Primo XDs departing my listening room, and the diminutive A1s arriving, demanded a recalibration of reality. Just 20kg versus 185kg per enclosure and a drop of 20dB in sensitivity – so the volume control on our resident dCS Vivaldi One DAC/preamp also needed a reset from 500mV output to 6V.

In truth, Alon Wolf, Magico's CEO and guiding light, is partial to high-end horns himself, as the brand's all-alloy, all-active, five-way Ultimate served to illustrate. This statement piece is now discontinued, but those who experienced the Ultimate will not easily forget its 'presence'. Yet this review is devoted to another all-aluminium speaker that's arguably closer to Magico's core design ideals and, at 395x216x268mm (hwd), also somewhat more practical to unpack, install and enjoy.

High-End Gateway
This small but dense little loudspeaker marks the gateway to Magico's A-series and to the brand as a whole. It was inspired by the Q1 standmount (the Q7 floorstander and partnering subs are the only Qs still in production) but it is rather more accessible than its £35,000 mentor. The latter did come with a matching stand while the A1 is supplied with four turned alloy feet and mere suggestions of specialist stands or desktop plinths you might consider. For the purposes of my listening, I used a set of lead shot and sand-filled Partingtons that are nearly as old as my career in hi-fi, but they are no less sturdy now than they were over 35 years ago. Unlike me...

All Magico designs are infinite baffle/sealed box types, but the absence of a reflex port in this compact enclosure not only improves its transient behaviour but also ensures it's all but agnostic about room positioning. Furthermore, while the A1 is the most affordable Magico, it's not lacking in sophistication or stripped of all the brand's signature features.

Nevertheless, to achieve the necessary economy of scale, the A series is not built in-house but at an approved facility with significantly greater anodising, grinding and CNC capacity. Wherever they are built – 'not California' says Alon Wolf – the standard of construction and finish remains truly exceptional.

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The A1's cabinet is not a tubular extrusion but comprises six machined aluminium panels bolted together from within (the final panel afixed through the baffle before the mid/bass driver is installed). These are 9.5mm-thick slabs of 6061 T6 'aircraft grade' aluminium braced and reinforced by three additional aluminium sections connected to the top and bottom panels and midway up the enclosure. These extra panels are clearly visible in the cutaway shot.

Magico's costlier enclosures employ constrained-layer damping – a sandwich of aluminium and a lossy polymer layer that converts vibration to heat. As one concession to cost, none of the A series has these layers, but with panel sizes as small and (relatively) thick as the A1, any such additional damping is rather less critical.

The A1's drivers and crossover are all culled from Magico's development of its costlier ranges. That extremely lightweight and rigid beryllium tweeter – shared across the A1, A3 and forthcoming A5 – uses the same 28mm dome as the high frequency drivers in its M-series, albeit without the 'diamond coating'. The motor system is slightly simpler, but is still based on a neodymium magnet assembly and 28mm voice coil, and the driver as whole is now loaded into an improved absorptive rear chamber.

Graphene Galore
The 165mm bass/mid driver is specific to the A1. It employs an overhanging 39mm titanium voice coil equipped with a copper shorting ring (reducing coil inductance at HF), within a double-ferrite magnet system. However, the real star of the show is the composite design of the driver itself – a 'multi-wall carbon fibre cone' that promises the ideal combination of very light weight with maximum stiffness.

The cone is a sandwich of two carbon fibre layers in front and a single layer behind, separated by a vibration-killing Rohacell filling. Only once the laminate is assembled is a further layer of 'XG Nanographene' embedded into its surface, contributing significantly to the stiffness of the cone. Graphene is a one atom-thick lattice of carbon, a 2D structure that's claimed to be 100x stronger than steel with the ability to conduct both heat and electricity with greater efficiency than any metal. Roll this sheet into a cylinder and you have a Graphene nanotube [see Opinion, HFN Sept '14].

sqnoteA Little Magic
All good little loudspeakers have the capacity to shrink further from view as the music takes over, but only the great ones, the Magico A1 included, positively vanish. So as the sound of Carman Lundy's voice filled the room [Self Portrait, rip from a JVC K2 CD; VICJ-5152] I knew I was in for a treat. Here the piano, percussion and string section blended in a way that was both insightful and subtle, every little twist of vocal and splash or brush of cymbal punctuated by ivory to exquisite effect.

Frankly, you know the moment you walk into a room where the Magico A1s are playing that these little boxes are something special. Not in-your-face special but offering such an easy-going, open and relaxed sound, infused with details large and small, that you are immediately put in the mood for a long and immersive listen.

In this instance, the A1s were aided and abetted by the pair of Constellation Inspiration Monos still in residence – the high value point of the Constellation family [HFN Oct '19]. At audio shows around the world, including our own Hi-Fi Show Live at Ascot, there's a good reason for Magico loudspeakers typically being accompanied by a Constellation amp. They are one of high-end audio's symbiotic pairings.

Men In Tights
That's not to say the A1s are amplifier-fussy, beyond their limited sensitivity, because they are not. Team them up with any solid amp – I had models from Simaudio (p42), Audio Analogue and Audio Research to hand – and they sing just as sweetly, all the while telling you much about the colour and dynamic potential of the system as a whole.

As a rule, the A1s will vividly open up the music at hand, including what are ostensibly tough, dense mixes like Mike Oldfield's 'Taurus II' [from the deluxe edition of Five Miles Out, Universal Music/Mercury]. The sound of the Uilleann pipes and Maggie Reilly's atmospheric vocals almost always sound stunning on a half-decent system but, as Oldfield spasms between splices of jazz-rock, fusion and ye olde Robin Hood music through this side-long saga, there are sequences of Fairlight-processed strings and keyboards that can sound crushed, thickening and coarsening the clarity of the multi-tracked mix.

Here, however, the A1's cut through what might have descended into murk to expose a level of detail, of structured edginess and complexity that typically escapes many larger but no less costly loudspeakers. For once I could listen through all 25 minutes and relish the transitions between the acoustic and the synthesised, between the elegant simplicity of a solo bell and the dynamically-challenged Vocoder.

In Good Voice
Also like all good pint-sized boxes, the A1 is a supreme vocal performer, though not, in this case, because the midband is emphasised while bass and treble are in recession. While the A1 might not quite manage the 'in-your-head' acoustic trick of the aforementioned Avantgarde horns with demo quality vocals – Richard Burton's preface to Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds [Columbia, DPCD 96000; DSD64] or 'Hey Laura' by Gregory Porter [Liquid Spirit, Deluxe Edition; Blue Note 374173-4] spring to mind – its seamless, all-of-a-piece integration will undoubtedly serve more listeners in more varied listening spaces.

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But how do the A1s fare with demanding dynamics and bass that goes way down deep? The short answer 'in their stride...'. By way of illustration I cued up the 'volle dynamik' 2009 remix of Yello's 'Oh Yeah' [The Race; Mercury Records] and was positively startled by the attack of the synthesised percussion as it rattled right through Dieter Mieir's deep and rumbling vocals (another Fairlight effect, if memory serves).

Once again, all the elements of the set were in balance, the bass delivered with slick attack and no artifical bloom or boom. Indeed, its bass just descends very smoothly and quietly exits – so you are barely aware of the missing octave nor, in the modestly-sized rooms likely to play host to the A1s, will you miss it.

Neither, I might add, will you likely want for level because, insensitive though they are, the A1s soak up power and push out those SPLs as if the drivers were possessed. So if you are short on space but deep of pocket, the Magico A1s are Hobson's choice. Simple as that.

 

Hi-Fi News Verdict
For the A1 Magico has leveraged its years of engineering know-how, made sensible concessions to the bill of materials, and condensed the lot into a remarkably solid little speaker. Its design allows for great flexibility in placement, in-room, on-table or classic 'bookshelf' locations. And its sound is so smoothly extended and integrated that many an intermediate-sized floorstander will be put out to pasture.