A little higher up, the M6’s power range was immensely satisfying. The upper bass had a full-bodied warmth, texture, and saturation of tone color that set the stage for the entire speaker’s character. What was so satisfying is that this body and fullness didn’t come at the expense of sounding thick or overly ripe. The quality was particularly rewarding on piano. The thin, threadbare character we often hear on left hand lines was replaced by a richness and power that conveyed the instrument’s size and authority. The beautiful performances of Schumann and Debussy by Constantino Catena on The Sound of the Concert Grand, Fazioli F278 (MQA) were simply sensational through the M6. The instrument’s sound was full bodied, robust, and richly detailed, yet it never exhibited a trace of thickness or bloat. The M6’s utterly smooth treble and lack of glassy glare on transient leading edges, totally seamless integration with the upper midrange, and powerful dynamic expression combined with the rich midbass to present the most realistic reproduction of piano I’ve ever heard. If a speaker can get a piano so right, it should be able to reproduce any instrument.
The icing on the cake is that all this tonal beauty, coherence, clarity, and resolution is presented within a soundstage that is simply breathtaking. The two M6’s completely disappear as sound sources, replaced by a huge three-dimensional space completely detached from the speakers. The sense of depth was staggering, no doubt aided by the M6’s resolution of very low-level spatial cues.
Magico’s M series raises the performance bar on what was already industry-leading sound quality. This new carbon-fiber cabinet, with its diffraction-reducing aerodynamic shape, takes the Magico sound to the next level. In addition to the more relaxed treble and expansive soundstaging realized by the new cabinet design, the M6 also skews toward a warmer and richer balance, with greater tone color density. It manages to do this without sounding overly ripe or thick, and significantly, while simultaneously increasing resolution.
Best of all, the M6 simply doesn’t have any shortcomings that one must consciously or unconsciously listen past. And that, more than any specific area of performance, is what allows the M6 to consistently cross the threshold from great sound into delivering an extraordinary musical experience.
Specs & Pricing
Driver complement: One 1.1" (28mm) diamond-coated beryllium dome tweeter; one 6" graphene midrange; three 10.5" graphene woofers
Impedance: 4 ohms
Frequency response: 24Hz–50kHz
Recommended power: 20–500 watts
Dimensions: 19.93" x 56.25" x 25.67" (including tripod and feet)
Weight: 400 lbs. each
Price: $172,000 per pair (includes MPod feet)
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Analog source: Basis Audio A.J. Conti Transcendence turntable with SuperArm 12.5 tonearm; Air Tight Opus cartridge; Moon 810LP phonostage
Digital source: Aurender W20 server, Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 MQA DAC; Berkeley Alpha USB USB-to-AES/EBU converter; Shunyata Sigma USB cable; AudioQuest Wild Digital AES/EBU cable, T+A SDV 3100HV DAC and PDT 3100HV CD/SACD transport
Amplification: Constellation Altair 2 preamplifier; Constellation Hercules 2 monoblock power amplifiers
AC Power: Shunyata Triton V3, Typhon QR, Sigma power cords; Shunyata AC outlets, five dedicated 20A lines wired with 10AWG
Support: Critical Mass Systems Olympus equipment racks and Olympus amplifier stands; CenterStage2 isolation
Cables: Shunyata Sigma interconnects and loudspeaker cables; AudioQuest WEL Signature interconnects and AudioQuest Dragon Zero loudspeaker cables
Acoustics: Acoustic Geometry Pro Room Pack 12, ASC 16" Full-Round Tube Traps
Room: Acoustic Sciences Corporation Iso-Wall System
LP cleaning: Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200, Levin Design record brush