Magico’s M7 Distills The M9 Flagship At Half The Price
The M7 results from Magico's R&D for the semi-active M9, shaped into a passive, “more accessible version”, according to the Californian company.
Let's start by getting one thing straight. Magico Founder and CEO Alon Wolf's definition of accessible makes more sense when you see the price tag of the Magico M9. Using that as a base, at around half the price of the M9, the M7 is practically a bargain. Perhaps.
You do get quite a lot of tech for your money, though. For instance, the four-way, six-driver M7 sports a unique 164cm tall enclosure that weighs nearly a quarter of a tonne and is fashioned from a monocoque carbon fibre shell with aluminium baffles damped using aerospace composites. This is home to a beryllium treble unit taken from the M9 and five Gen 8 Nano-Tec bass, midbass, and midrange drivers assigned duties via the latest Elliptical Symmetry Crossover, which, in concert, promise “extraordinary musical realism, entirely unsullied by distortion and colouration”.
We are told that all M7 drivers were designed to eliminate music-related distortions in both the frequency and time domains. Also, their design was optimised using the latest state-of-the-art FEA simulation, and acoustic, mechanical, electromagnetic, and thermal behaviours were examined on a single platform, allowing simultaneous optimisation of each parameter.
The M7's 28mm high-frequency driver is borrowed from the M9 and utilises a beryllium diaphragm diamond coated using a chemical vapour deposition process to push the beryllium substrate “ever closer to the theoretical ideal”. This is driven by a new neodymium-based motor system created by Magico that, it says, results in the lowest distortion possible, massive dynamic capability, and even greater power handling than previous designs.
The 5-inch pure midrange driver in the M7 features a Gen 8 Nano-Tec cone formed of an aluminium honeycomb core sandwiched with outer and inner layers of graphene-infused carbon fibre. The advanced cone is supported by a newly designed basket assembly and a foam surround. An all-new underhung neodymium-based motor system uses two extra-large magnets to facilitate a super-stabilised magnetic field. Meanwhile, a pure copper pole cap minimises eddy currents and maximises efficiency. Magico boasts that this is “the highest-performing 5-inch midrange ever developed”.
The 9-inch midbass driver uses a newly designed basket assembly along with Magico's Gen 8 Nano-Tec cone and is equipped with a 127mm voice coil and an underhung neodymium-based motor system using dual extra-large magnets. We are informed that the vented pure titanium voice-coil former enables +/-13mm of stable movement and that this “high-sensitivity driver can output 120dB @ 1m in its band pass”.
Finally, the new 12-inch bass driver also benefits from a new basket assembly and Gen 8 Magico Nano-Tec cone again married to a 127mm voice coil, underhung neodymium-based motor system using an extra-large magnet, and a top magnet to get a super-stabilised magnetic field. This driver is said to be capable of 120dB SPL @ 25Hz, measured at 1m.
Frequency duties are assigned using Magico's Elliptical Symmetry Crossover (ESXO). Apparently, the four-way network contains components from Mundorf of Germany and Duelund Coherent Audio of Denmark. Magico underlines that “only the finest of their types and values were selected”.
The result is a listed sensitivity of 92dB, a 4ohm impendence rating and a quoted 18Hz-50kHz frequency response.
The M7's enclosure begins with a monocoque carbon-fibre shell, eschewing more common sheet-stock construction. The company tells us that a multiply 6061-T6 aluminium front baffle with constrained-layer damping using aerospace composites is affixed to an aluminium rear baffle with front-to-back tensioning rods. We are assured that the resulting cabinet produces negligible internal resonances, enabling a minimal amount of damping. Magico adds that the baffle shape was refined until almost no diffraction effects were measurable. According to the press release, the M7's overall structure results in maximum strength on every axis, with extreme stiffness, rigidity, and minimal energy storage.
This all stands on a bespoke support system developed specifically for the M7 using MPOD technology to provide a stable footprint while eliminating noise and promising perfect coupling to the floor.
The Magico M7 begins shipping in Q1 2024, priced at US$375,000. However, the excellent 2023 S3 start at around US$45,000 if that's more manageable.
StereoNET’s resident rock star, bass player, and gadget junkie. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
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