Testimonials (on all Magico "S" series speakers)
BEST OF SHOW (COST NO OBJECT) CES 2014 - THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
The Magico S3/Vitus/Synergistic/dCS system. thought far from the most expensive, proved the most all round enjoyable"
- Alan Taffel, The Absolute Sound, April, 2014
"The sound that the Magico S3s produced was absolutely stunning; it was immediately discernable how good these speakers were. Everything sounded right, from the fast, tight bass, to the extremely wide and deep soundstage that sacrificed nothing in terms of imaging, to the effortless ease with which the speakers filled the very large room with the sense that I was “there.” What’s more, the S3s kept ripping me out of “reviewer mode” and made my hands clammy with passion. Yes, this is how it’s supposed to be done; precisely the emotional response that makes you fall in love with a speaker.... Maybe it’s the new polycarbonate midrange enclosure, or the newly developed 8" woofers, or the superb overall design concepts at Magico, but the S3 is the epitome of “the most bang for your buck.”
- Spencer Holbert, CES 2014 Show Report, The Absolute Sound
"I want to share with you an experience we had last night listening to the S3 for the first time. This is not something I normally do, but as it turns out, the S3 is quite special - even by Magico standards. As you know, the S3 has a newly developed internal midrange enclosure. This new housing has been created with the latest state-of-the-art simulation software. The unique shape and carefully chosen materials, when combined, create the ultimate “sound pressure absorption device.” The results are nothing short of amazing, both in terms of measurements and performance. I was shocked to hear the clarity and palpability achieved with this new design in place. This is a major benchmark that is moving us even closer to the original recording. It is not everyday that I hear such an improvement. It only took one note to realize there is something new and special here... We are very excited about these new guys and look forward to you all hearing them very soon."
- Alon Wolf, President, Magico LLC
"The S1 does astronomically priced speaker performance without the Apollo Space Mission speaker price... thismakes for the perfect ‘now’ loudspeaker; highly accurate, designed for modern life and without any of the fake ‘niceness’ or ‘impressive’ tailoring that normally comes with a high-end design. Highly recommended!
- Alan Sircom, HiFi+, Sept., 2013
"The S1 sounds sublime. The baby Magicos nailed the timbre of everything I heard through them. Male vocals and female vocals had a full-bodied, three-dimensional quality about them that just sounded right. Not crystalline, sparkling, rich, nor any other adjective really captures what I heard the S1s produce. I've heard a few loudspeakers that offer greater outright resolution and perhaps deliver a more transparent listening experience, but tonality through the Magico was just superb."
- Hans Wetzel, Soundstage.com, CES 2013 report (read it here)
"The S1 appears to have a more lively sound than other Magico speakers demonstrated at shows, but it retains the precision and control that have carved out such a strong following for the brand over the past few years."
- The AudioBeat.com, CES 2013 report
BEST SOUND OF SHOW (2012 Munich Hi End Show)
"Actively displayed for the first time, Magico’s most affordable aluminum-bodied multiways, the $28k S5s, on the other hand, were tremendously engaging, utterly delightful, very lifelike on lifelike recordings, and joys to listen to...Magico is going to have what I think will be its hottest seller yet in this wonderful transducer."
- Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, report on 2012 Munich Show
"The S5 was robust and powerful in the bass, smooth yet detailed in the treble, with an intoxicating midrange that would seem to invite long listening sessions. The highs were airy and fast over the several cuts we heard, yet they never became harsh -- the S5 seems to be voiced just right, actually. But the bass -- oh, the bass. First, it freakin' pounded. I mean, shake-the-walls and rattle-the-rafters pounded. These speakers will play loud, clean, and loud -- frankly, they played louder than any speaker I've heard anywhere near their size. My initial reaction is that a pair of them will have astonishing dynamic range, but that they can also display finesse when needed. And they always maintained that silky smooth midrange no matter the cut we heard...
My prediction? Magico will sell more of these speakers than any other model in the company's history. They are that good for a price that is that right!"
- Jeff Fritz, The Soundstage Network (read the review)
Magico, the leader in high performance loudspeaker design and manufacture, is proud to announce the expansion of its award winning S- Series with the addition of the S3. The S3 is a full range, floorstanding loudspeaker that offers cutting edge technology and unparalleled performance at its price. According to Magico CEO and chief designer Alon Wolf, “By drawing from our technological well and in-house manufacturing capabilities, we are now able to deliver a remarkable value proposition in the S3, one which will become a new benchmark in its category.”
The S3 shares the same engineering heritage of its two siblings, the S1 and S5, and sits squarely between them. As with all Magico loudspeakers, the S3 is uses an acoustic suspension enclosure, one whose further refinements include a new uniquely designed sub-enclosure for its midrange. The polycarbonate enclosure utilizes a combination of advanced materials as well as a specially developed shape. Both of these features when combined create the ideal acoustic properties and control for a sub- enclosure in a loudspeaker cabinet. Its contoured extruded aluminum cabinet – the world’s largest monocoque enclosure at 16″ in diameter with 1/2″ aluminum walls – minimizes diffraction effects, internal resonance, and damping requirements. Structurally, the S3 is mechanically sound and without any weak points. A tour-de-force of new technologies, the S3 utilizes the same advanced MB30 Beryllium tweeter and MB390 midwoofer that Magico uses in the S5, coupled with two newly-developed 8” woofers. These new advancements contribute towards the S3’s capabilities of delivering the lowest octave of bass performance combined with both the speed and accuracy we are known for.
As always, the anticipation is high for any new Magico product release. The S3 doesn’t disappoint and is a standout performer, with high quality ingredients, state-of-the-art driver technology, the most mechanically solid and rigid cabinets, and the most sophisticated crossover network. The elegant S3 is a gifted precision instrument that is available in over a dozen different finishes, thus making it able to deliver a bravura performance while aesthetically fitting in any environment.
Magico was created over a decade ago for the sole purpose of leading a no holds-barred assault on what is possible in contemporary loudspeaker design. Inspired by the unique vision of industrial designer and accomplished musician Alon Wolf, every Magico product is designed against the true standard of perfect audio reproduction-live music. At Magico, we strive to lead in the creation, development, and manufacture of the most elegant and technologically advanced loudspeaker systems in the world. Each product expresses our passion to craft uncompromising devices that reveal the music as never before.
- Driver Complement:
1 x 1” MB30 Tweeter
1 x 6” M380 Midrange
2 x 8” Hybrid Nano-Tec/aluminum Woofer
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Frequency Response: 26 Hz – 50 kHz
- Recommended Power: 50 – 500 Watts
- Dimensions: 48”H x 14”D x 12”W (122cm x 35cm x 30cm) Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg.)