Replacing a revolutionary and iconic product is as much an exercise in understanding human emotion as it is in engineering. For any new generation of products, in addition to being compared to its predecessor by actual performance, there is a need to contend with the intense feelings of witnessing the introduction of a loudspeaker so far ahead of its time that it redefines a genre. Today, the Mini II stands within the high-end as a classic, its influence rising far above the resulting industry disquiet. For Magico it marks the starting point of an even greater pursuit.
The Q1 represents this pursuit in both the demands it meets from a performance stand point and the technology it employs to achieve that. Tireless driver development has yielded two new drive units allowing for better power handling and an additional 7Hz of bass extension than the venerable Mini II. Continued research into the damping mechanism used in the Q platform has also resulted in addressing the common problem of resonance in the stand mount. Instead of attempting to add mass to the stand and decoupling the speaker, the Q1 is directly coupled and the stand itself is a damping mechanism.
As is the case with most products, addressing problems with more precision allows us to carefully consider a broader range of demands. In the Q1, compromises of form factor, mass, power requirements, and versatility were not necessary due to eliminating inefficiencies in common problem solving design principle. The outcome is a compact, convertible stand-mounded bookshelf loudspeaker with explosive true full-range performance. It is the 20way monitor that has never before been built. By Magico or any other.
|Dimensions with stand||H: 44″ (112cm) D: 15.2″ (39cm) W: 10″ (26cm)|
|Weight Total||120lb (54 kg)each with stand|
|Weight Q1||60lb (27 kg)each without stand|
|High frequency driver||One 1″|
|Mid-range driver||One 7″|
|Impedence||5 Ω, 4Ω minimum at 146Hz|
|Frequency Response||+/- 3dB 32Hz – 50Khz|
|Recommended power||50 Watts|
|Read review||AV Guide, Jonathan Valin, Sept 2011|