Magico Q5 Speaker

Based in Berkeley, California, Magico made a splash at CES with its new Q3 speaker, which is a slightly scaled-down version of the well-established—and more expensive—Q5. But what makes the Q5 so special?

One important factor is the drivers, which are manufactured entirely to Magico's specifications. Two 9-inch woofers, one 9-inch midbass, and one 6-inch midrange are made of Rohacell foam sandwiched between layers of carbon-nanotube material, a configuration Magico calls Nano-Tec. The 1-inch dome tweeter is made of beryllium, an exceptionally light yet stiff metal.

Then there's the cabinet in which the drivers are ensconced. Derived from extensive computer-aided design and real-time analysis, the sealed-box design weighs 420 pounds, which isn't surprising when you consider it's made entirely from solid aluminum and brass. The complex inner superstructure is assembled from more than 50 machined parts.

The end result is indeed impressive—a frequency range extending from 18Hz to 50kHz (±3dB)—as is the price of $59,950/pair. (The Q3 uses three 7-inch woofers with the same midrange and tweeter in a similar enclosure, achieving a frequency response from 26Hz to 50khz for $34,000/pair.)

In his review for Stereophile, Michael Fremer concluded, "Overall, the Magico Q5 was the smoothest, most detailed, least mechanical-sounding speaker I've heard. It sounded that way at what I used to think were impossibly low levels, and it sounded that way at uncomfortably loud levels, leading me to believe that a pair of these relatively compact speakers could easily fill a very big room.

"As a work of industrial art, the Magico Q5 is beautiful, though to some it might look cold and uninvolving. But that's a more personal issue than the sound itself. When you first listen to it, the Q5 may also sound uninvolving because it has little or no personality of its own. But in a loudspeaker, that's what you want. The longer I listened, the more I appreciated the Q5's ability to get out of the way and let the recording's own personality assert itself."

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uavtmsorosk's picture

Is it just the angle of the picture or is the lowest driver in the cabinet tilted slightly downward .
I usually try to keep the low frequency drivers from interacting with the floor , as much as humanly possible . Tim

uavK.Reid's picture

I listened to the Q5 last month. In my opinion, the speaker has a understated appearance but build quality is nearly beyond reproach. Is sounds great.

As much as I like this speaker, I still have visions of the Vivid G1Giya. Wow. I could listen to them all day. Before, I was on the fence about the Giya's appearance but they sure have a way of growing on you.

Does anyone know where the tweeter originates for the Q5 - JM Focal, Scan Speak, etc.

Scott Wilkinson's picture
You're exactly right, the woofers and midbass driver are all angled slightly away from each other. I think this is part of Magico's Bass Mechanical Resonance Cancellation (BMRC) system, which offsets the drivers' acoustical centers and angles to cancel the low-frequency breakup modes. I agree that minimizing the interaction with the floor is a good thing, but bass frequencies are fairly omnidirectional, so this slight angle downward probably doesn't make that much difference anyway.

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