Magico S5MK2-MCO Loudspeakers
The S5 is a loudspeaker we simply had to make. With our award-winning Q Series setting a new benchmark in fidelity, our next mission was clear: a range of value-laden designs to make Magico ...
The S5 is a loudspeaker we simply had to make. With our award-winning Q Series setting a new benchmark in fidelity, our next mission was clear: a range of value-laden designs to make Magico performance more accessible. But how? A simplified version of the Q would have been the obvious and easy answer - but inevitably a compromise, and compromise is not in Magico's philosophy. The solution was to design a new loudspeaker from the ground up that employs much of our Q technology. The result is the S5, successor to the venerable V3.
1 x 1" MB30 Tweeter
1 x 6" MB80 Midrange
2 x 10" Hybrid Nano-Tec Bass
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Frequency Response: 22 Hz - 50 kHz
Recommended Power: 50 - 1200 Watts
Dimensions: 48"H x 14"D x 15"W (122cm x 35cm x 38cm)
Weight: 190 lbs. (86 kg)
But how? A simplified version of the Q would have been the obvious and easy answer - but inevitably a compromise, and compromise is not in Magico's philosophy. The solution was to design a new loudspeaker from the ground up that employs much of our Q technology. The result is the S5, successor to the venerable V3.
Take a look: a super-rigid heavily braced curved aluminum enclosure to minimize internal resonances and give our unique in-house designed drivers an ideal operating environment. There is no arcane voodoo here: all is logical, rational, repeatable, and the results are consistent.
Take a listen: all the Magico hallmarks of breathtaking openness, delicacy, dynamics and musical truth, from whisper-quiet to shattering crescendo. At once seductive and soothing, explosive and thrilling, the S5 wrings every emotion from your recordings.
And if you like to play loud, then best warn the neighbors: with two 10-inch bass drivers and 1200 Watt power handling, the S5 can hit an astonishing 118dB and has a visceral kick like a mule.
The simple but pleasing lines of the enclosure hide a wealth of technology that is there for one purpose: to serve music - and the best service a loudspeaker can give is to be no more than a clear and unconstrained pathway. That is the ethos of every transducer that we design.
With its panels meticulously engineered from half-inch thick aluminum extrusions 16 inches in diameter, the curved form of the S5 pays homage to our original standard-setting standmount, the Mini. Cabinet bracing is ensured by the use of machined formers that are more simple than the highly complex interlocking architecture of the heroic Q Series, and thus less labor-intensive. Combine this with a more conventional flat front baffle, and you will see how we have been able to make the S5 more affordable.
Our Nano-tech drivers are legendary for their true pistonic movement, high power handling and uncolored presentation. In addition to our well-known six-inch midrange and one-inch Beryllium tweeter - a unit found in speakers bearing six-figure price tags - the three-way S5 flaunts a pair of our new 10-inch bass drivers that dig way down to 22hz, but without a trace of boom or flab. Rafter-shaking, yes, but rafter-shaking that will shock with its precision.
The S5 comes in a variety of finishes in addition to our signature anodized black, thus making it even greater value for money and easily adaptable to your listening room decor. The nature of the enclosure makes it particularly suitable for our new satin M-CAST finishes, which are available in six standard colors, or lustrous automotive high- gloss at additional cost.
Another first for Magico is a removable black grille to protect the speaker from inquisitive fingers and paws, and for those who prefer not to look at a baffle full of drivers.
We are very proud of the S5: Magico performance, by its very nature, is expensive. Designing and producing loudspeakers that do not stamp their own character onto the music is a monumental quest, and our aim with the S5 is to bring that elusive goal within closer reach of those seeking the highest fidelity.
Have we succeeded? "Tremendously engaging, utterly delightful, very life-like on life-like recordings, a joy to listen to,” said reviewer Jonathan Valin at the 2012 Munich launch. And this from Jeff Fritz: "Robust and powerful in the bass, smooth yet detailed in the treble, with an intoxicating midrange." We could not have put it better ourselves.
Magico loudspeakers are our latest love affair; sound to die for and room friendly. HiFi+ Review ... It has all the Magico traits (exceptional mid-range clarity, wide bandwidth, powerful solidity of a broad-as-the-room image and that snap-focus in on the music), but it also has some of the characteristics of those speakers we were weaned on.