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These speakers better sound like a million bucks, because that’s how much they cost

If Magico’s new flagship M9 loudspeaker doesn’t sound like a million dollars, we’re going to be disappointed – because that’s pretty much what you have to pay to own a pair – or more precisely £840,000 if you’re buying in the UK.

The California-based Hi-Fi specialist clearly isn’t planning on selling many, but that hasn’t prevented it from loading up these spectacular towers with unfeasibly exotic technology.

In terms of precision engineering we’re talking somewhere between Formula 1 and the aerospace industry.

The four-way, six-driver floorstanders boast a dual-layer carbon fibre enclosure and Magico’s eighth generation Graphene Nano-Tec cone design, featuring aluminum honeycomb cores. That’s a couple of world’s firsts for you right there.

A hexagonal lattice of carbon just one atom thick, Graphene combines incredible stiffness with the highest tensile strength of any material known to science, said to be 40 times that of carbon steel. 

Over-sized voice coils, meanwhile, aid heat dissipation.

The result is hailed as a sonic revelation, says the brand, a loudspeaker that can present intense crescendos with unconstrained power, yet reproduce the most delicate musical passages with transparency and stunning microdynamic detail.

If the TLR team ever get a chance to demo them, we’re breaking out the Rammstein collection for sure…

This loudspeaker can present intense crescendos with unconstrained power, as well as delicate musical passages…

This formidable floorstander towers 2m tall

Each M9 sports a 28mm beryllium-diamond dome tweeter, manufactured using chemical vapour deposition, a 6-inch midrange driver, two 11-inch mid-bass drivers and two 15-inch bass drivers.

As part of the package, you also get a Magico Analog Crossover (MXO) unit, to manage the 120 Hz crossover frequency between bass and mid-bass drivers, as well as a separate crossover power supply box. When it comes to amplification, you’ll also need four monaural amps or two stereo power plants.

Magico MXO analogue crossover unit for bass handling

You’ll also need a large, reinforced space to accommodate them. Each tower weighs a formidable 454kg and stands just over 2m tall. Even though the M9 has a commanding physical presence, in sonic terms it completely vanishes, we’re assured.

The good news is you’ve time to save up for a pair, as they don’t start shipping into the UK till the end of the year.   

If the £840,000 asking price for the M9 seems a tad indulgent, then Magico has some budget models to tempt discerning audiophiles with, in the shape of its A-Series.  

If the £840,000 asking price for the M9 is a tad indulgent, then Magico has some tempting budget models…

The A5 is an audiophile bargain, Magico-style

Released earlier this year, the A5 is a three-way floorstander sporting a sealed, fully braced aircraft-grade aluminium enclosure with Graphene Nano-Tec bass and midrange cones, a beryllium tweeter and the latest version of Magico’s renowned Elliptical Symmetry Crossover network. They’re priced at £25,000 per pair.

Alternatively, there’s the A3 floorstander. At £12,000 per pair, it features a fully braced and anodised aircraft-grade aluminium enclosure, as well as carbon Nanographene cones, and a beryllium tweeter.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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