Can a £12,000 pair of loudspeakers be described as affordable? In the case of the new A3 model from Magico, of Hayward, California, the answer is perhaps. Magico’s extraordinary boxes, after all, more typically cost in the £20,000 to £200,000 range and top out at over $600,000 in the US. On the other hand, £12,000 is by no means even mid-market – it’s a proper price for serious speakers. So let’s settle on treating the 112cm-tall A3s as an introduction to the world of Magico rather than a diffusion model. The thing is, I don’t think it’s really possible for a maker of such distinction to settle for a lower standard for its entry-level product. In fact, I know this because I’ve spent some time listening to the Magico A3s and they are pretty magnificent – more like a £30,000 pair of speakers – tight and precise, yet grand and mighty.
And when you look at the construction, the Magico DNA shines through. The thick, sealed‑aluminium cabinets are extravagantly braced inside like aircraft wings; there are carbon nanographene speaker cones; and Magico proprietary components called Elliptical Symmetry Crossovers, which are a unique type of electrical/acoustical filter. I listened to them with nearly £100,000 of accessories, the point being that they can handle highest-end inputs. In reality, a good dealer should be able to build a £17,000 sytem around the A3s. Fabuloso Magico.