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MAGNAT LZR 948 BT

MAGNAT LZR 948 BT – WIRELESS PERFECTION

Flexible. Convenient. Elegant. The Magnat LZR 948 BT shows you, how beautiful sound can be. These wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones follow the shape of the human ear harmonically. High wearing comfort is thus guaranteed for hours. Enjoy mobile HiFi sound in perfect Italian design. The Magnat LZR 948 BT combines concentrated Magnat audio-expertise with the unrivalled artistry of the Italian design studio Pininfarina. Experience “The Beauty of Sound”!

GERMAN ENGINEERING

WIRELESS LAZER PRECISION.

What would beautiful headphones bewithout beautiful sound? Just anotherstylish piece of decoration – in the bestcase. That’s why with the Magnat LZR948, a distinctive Italian design forms aunion with precise Germanengineering: Experience theoutstanding Magnat LZR quality in astylish cover – and totally wireless aswell thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX®.
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ERGONOMIC &CONVENIENT.

Ergonomics is more than just abuzzword when it comes to LZRproducts – it is a central concept of theproduct philosophy: Ear adaptersfeaturing four different sizes and anadditional pair of sports adapters areincluded in the scope of delivery. Theperfect fit guarantees high wearingcomfort and all accessories areperfectly tailored to the precious look ofthe LZR 948 BTs.
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PERFECT DESIGN CONCEPT.

Design does not end in itself with the Magnat LZR948 BT. The experts at Pininfarina have devisedthe outside of the headphones for you to enjoy amaximum of convenience: Hands-free mobilecalls, audio controls and a wind-shieldedmicrophone make phone calls and listening tomusic a completely intuitive experience.
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MUSIC NON-STOP!

While doing sports, travelling to work or at youcosy home: The integrated high-powerlithium-ion battery does its job up to 6 hours inone go. You decide when it is time to take a break– not the battery.
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UNIQUE DESIGN FROM ITALY

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LZR 948 PRODUCT DESIGN BY PININFARINA.

They shape elegant roadsters and regularly winawards for their distinctive products: The Italiandesign experts at Pininfarina provide the perfectlook for the Magnat LZR 948 BT. The result?Stylish. State-of-the-art. Precious. Experience“The Beauty of Sound”.

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FEATURES + TECHNICAL DETAILS

PRINCIPLE

Bluetooth®In-Ear-Headphone

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

14 – 26.000 Hz

DISTORTION

(1 kHz, 106 dB)< 0,20 % THD

AVAILABLE COLORS

Titanium

WEIGHT

16 g
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • High-end in-ear Bluetooth® headphone
  • Premium design by Pininfarina, Italy
  • Developed in Germany
  • BRC technology (Bass Resonance Cavity) for very deep andprecise bass reproduction
  • Integrated high-performance lithium-ion battery: lasts upto 8 hours, rechargeable via USB in less than 1 hour
  • Integrated high-precision stereo amplifier with Bluetooth®4.1 and aptX® for best sound quality
  • Bluetooth® operation (volume, play/pause, next/last track,phone) from many smartphones via control elements on theintegrated cable remote control
  • Built-in wind-protected microphone for hands-freetelephone operation
  • Premium cable with integrated remote control and compactrechargeable battery
  • Noise isolation ear-tips in four sizes
  • Additional sports adaptor for secure fit even duringmovements and workouts

MAGNAT LZR 560

MAGNAT LZR 560 – HIGH-PERFORMANCE ON-EAR HEADPHONES

Maximum Performance & Flexibility. The LZR 560 combines extravagance, performance and practicality. 40mm laser technology driver – Klippel-optimised for crystal clear, powerful sound! High-quality surfaces with leather and matt metallic paint. Foldable for easy and safe transport!

LZR SOUND DIRECTLY ONTO YOUR EAR!

Klippel-optimised 40 mm laser technologydrivers directly onto the ear with thehigh-performance on-ear headset! Topprecision – spatial staging – immersive sound!Solid LZR power through extreme depth and &huge acoustic pressure.
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PERFECT FIT

High level of wear comfort through optimisedergonomics and perfect fit! The soft memoryfoam padding lies directly on the ears for longlistening sessions. In addition: Overall weightof just 137 g and a comfortable headband!
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EXCLUSIVE &EXTRAVAGANT

High-quality surfaces on the headband andear cups: Leather and matt metallic paint.Individually styled in black vs. silver or black vs.orange! Logo and cable in suitably contrastingcolours.
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PRODUCT DESIGN“MADE IN GERMANY”.

Individual & exclusive! The LZR 560 also comesfrom the dwx Thiele industrial design bureau &team.
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TECHNICAL DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS

PRINCIPLE

On-Ear Headphone

DRIVER

40 mm laser technology

IMPEDANCE

32 Ω

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

16 – 23.000 Hz

SPL

117 dB

DISTORTION

(1 kHz, 106 dB) < 0,18 % T

AVAILABLE COLORS

Black vs. Silver, Black vs

DIMENSIONS

159 x 178 x 74 mm (BxHxL)
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Klippel®-optimized 40 mm laser tech driver
  • High-quality leather and matte-metallic-paint surfaces
  • Designed by the German industrial design studio dwx thiele
  • Very comfortable to wear thanks to optimized ergonomicsand soft memory foam padding
  • Foldable for easy and safe transportation
  • Cable remote control with hands-free equipment
  • Extensive accessories: transport bag, fabric sheathed audiocable with remote control incl. microphone and gold-platedcontacts

Interior Quantum: Interior ICQ 82, Interior ICQ 62, Interior ICQ 262,

Built-in loudspeaker series for ceiling and wall installation with genuine high-end aspirations

TECHNOLOGY AND SOUND QUALITY AT THE QUANTUM LEVEL

Like its “big brothers”, the Interior Quantum models with woofer and mid-tone diaphragms are made with highly stable and rigid anodized ceramic-aluminum cones. This material provides extremely accurate reproduction and reveals even the finest acoustic details. As equal partners for the high frequencies, coated fabric dome tweeters are used. They stand for pulse fidelity playback without distortion effects.

GREAT FLEXIBILITY IN USE

Because installation situations can differ significantly, the tweeters can be swivel-mounted. The special ICQ 262 model has two angularly disposed tweeters and 3-way treble level adjustment and allows both mono and stereo operation thanks to the dual voice coil and switch. Cascading also is possible. For the models with a tweeter, the woofer can also be adjusted 3 ways in the midrange. These options service to even optimize the sound in extremely open spaces. Settings are made on the front and may thus also be made after fitting has been concluded.

MODERN DESIGN AND ABSOLUTELY HIGH-QUALITY WORKMANSHIP

The installation is even suitable for use in humid rooms / bathroom, is very easy using a rugged clamping mechanism. Other details like the extremely flat and nearly borderless design of the protective grille, the gold-plated cable clamps and the high-quality configuration of the crossovers reflect the Quantum standard.

Interior ICQ 82

2-WAY HIGH-END RECESSED SPEAKER

  • Powerful and detailed reproduction for use in larger rooms
  • High-quality crossover with triple level adjustment for the treble and mid-ranges
  • High-end 25 mm fabric tweeter for maximum impulse fidelity
  • Swivel tweeter up to 35° for precise locatability
  • 200 mm woofer with torsion-resistant ceramic-aluminium membrane

Technical specifications


PRINCIPLE
  • 2-way in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeaker
EQUIPMENT
  • 25 mm tweeter
  • 200 mm woofer
POWER HANDLING (RMS/MAX.)
  • 120 / 200 watts
SENSITIVITY (2.8V/1M)
  • 91 dB
IMPEDANCE
  • 4 Ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
  • 32 – 26000 Hz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES
  • 3800 Hz
RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER OUTPUT
  • 20 – 250 Watts
OUTER DIMENSIONS Ø
  • 272 mm
CUTTING OUT Ø
  • 240 mm
MOUNTING DEPTH
  • 115 mm
WEIGHT
  • 1.7 kg

Interior ICQ 62

2-WAY HIGH-END RECESSED SPEAKER

  • Ceiling loudspeaker for precise and detailed reproduction
  • High-quality crossover with triple level adjustment for the treble and mid-ranges
  • High-end 25 mm fabric tweeter for maximum impulse fidelity
  • Swivel tweeter up to 35° for precise locatability
  • 160 mm woofer with torsion-resistant ceramic-aluminium membrane

Technical specifications


PRINCIPLE
  • 2-way in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeaker
EQUIPMENT
  • 25 mm tweeter
  • 160 mm woofer
POWER HANDLING (RMS/MAX.)
  • 100 / 180 watts
SENSITIVITY (2.8V/1M)
  • 90 dB
IMPEDANCE
  • 4 Ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
  • 34 – 26000 Hz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES
  • 3800 Hz
RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER OUTPUT
  • 20 – 200 Watts
OUTER DIMENSIONS Ø
  • 220 mm
CUTTING OUT Ø
  • 193 mm
MOUNTING DEPTH
  • 98 mm
WEIGHT
  • 1.3 kg

Interior ICQ 262

2 X 2-WAY HIGH-END RECESSED SPEAKER

  • Stereo ceiling loudspeaker for split-channel control
  • High-quality crossover with 3-stage level adjustment for the treble range
  • Two 19 mm soft-dome fabric tweeters
  • 160 mm woofer with torsion-resistant ceramic-aluminium membrane

Technical specifications


PRINCIPLE
  • 2 x 2 way in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeaker
EQUIPMENT
  • 2 x 19 mm tweeter
  • 160 mm woofer
POWER HANDLING (RMS/MAX.)
  • 100 / 180 watts
SENSITIVITY (2.8V/1M)
  • 91 dB
IMPEDANCE
  • 2 x 4 Ohm
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
  • 34 – 26000 Hz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES
  • 4.000 Hz
RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER OUTPUT
  • 20 – 200 Watts
OUTER DIMENSIONS Ø
  • 220 mm
CUTTING OUT Ø
  • 193 mm
MOUNTING DEPTH
  • 98 mm
WEIGHT
  • 1.4 kg

Interior IWQ 62

2 WAY HIGH-END IN-WALL/IN-CEILING LOUDSPEAKER

  • Quantum as an in-wall loudspeaker: Performance and precision in super-compact format
  • High-quality crossover with triple level adjustment for the treble and mid-ranges
  • High-end 25 mm fabric tweeter for maximum impulse fidelity
  • Swivel tweeter up to 35° for precise locatability
  • 160 mm woofer with torsion-resistant ceramic-aluminium membrane

Technical specifi cations


PRINCIPLE
  • 2-way in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeaker
EQUIPMENT
  • 25 mm tweeter
  • 160 mm woofer
POWER HANDLING (RMS/MAX.)
  • 100 / 180 watts
SENSITIVITY (2.8V/1M)
  • 90 dB
IMPEDANCE
  • 4 – 8 Ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
  • 34 – 26000 Hz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES
  • 3800 Hz
RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER OUTPUT
  • 20 – 200 Watts
MOUNTING DEPTH
  • 76 mm
OUTER DIMENSIONS (WXH)
  • 211 x 297 mm
CUTTING OUT (WXH)
  • 185 x 272 mm
WEIGHT
  • 1.3 kg

Multi Monitor 220

Multi Monitor 220

FULLY ACTIVE BLUETOOTH® STEREO LOUDSPEAKER SET WITH PHONO INPUT

  • High-quality complete system for vinyl and streaming fans
  • Compact, active stereo system with phono input and Bluetooth
  • Low-resonance enclosure made of E1 MDF timber boards
  • Wide range of connectivity options, including phono and Bluetooth® aptX
  • Integrated Class D amplifier with a power output of 2 x 40 watts RMS

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Technical specifications


POWER HANDLING (RMS/MAX.)
  • active
PRINCIPLE
  • Powered stereo bookshelf speaker 2-way bass reflex, active
EQUIPMENT
  • 25 mm dome tweeter
  • 5″ woofer- midrange
OUTPUT POWER (RMS/MAX.)
  • 2 x 40 / 2 x 80 W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
  • 35 – 40.000 Hz
CROSSOVER FREQUENCIES
  • 3.200 Hz
DIMENSIONS (WXHXD)
  • 178 x 298 x 235 mm
WEIGHT
  • Active speaker: 5.0 kg, Passive speaker: 4.4 kg
CABINET SURFACE
  • Black satin / Black decor

Fully active Bluetooth® stereo loudspeaker set with phono input

The Magnat MULTI MONITOR 220 combines classic hi-fi with modern music streaming: The high-quality active stereo set provides a phono pre-amplifier for MM record players as well as Bluetooth® including aptX in addition to further analogue and digital inputs. This enables the beloved vinyl collection to really come into its own, as well as high-definition digital music – from your smartphone, notebook or tablet, even in completely wireless mode.

WIDE RANGE OF CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS INCLUDING PHONO PRE-AMP AND BLUETOOTH® APTX

The Magnat MULTI MONITOR 220 makes things easy for its owners: It offers six different options for connecting source devices. Audiophile listeners are particularly delighted with the integrated phono pre-amplifier for MM systems, which can be switched on by connecting to the stereo RCA input. In this way, your record collection can really come into its own on a high-quality, high-performance system. The MULTI MONITOR 220 also plays back digital titles with just as much precision: Bluetooth®, including aptX, guarantees outstanding quality for audio streaming. Users can also find other wired connectivity options on the back of the unit in the form of a 3.5 mm jack socket as well as one optical and one coaxial digit input. The source can be selected easily via the remote control provided.

HIGH-QUALITY CHASSIS FOR PRECISE AND DYNAMIC SOUND

The MULTI MONITOR 220 processes digital input signals of up to 192 kHz/24 bits. To ensure that this outstanding quality can also be exploited to the full during playback, we only use high-quality components for the chassis: We have opted for a 25 mm Magnat fmax tweeter which, thanks to its dispersion-optimised sound guide and powerful ferrite magnet system, performs just as dynamically as it does in terms of precision. The deep bass range is taken care of by an FE Dynamics chassis with a ceramic-aluminium membrane and distortion-optimised magnet system. For example, the compact shelf-top speakers cover an impressive frequency range of 35 to 40,000 hertz. Those wanting even more power in the bass range, in particular, can connect an optional subwoofer via the Sub-Out port.

GENEROUSLY DIMENSIONED CLASS D AMPLIFIER

The Magnat MULTI MONITOR 220 has a high-quality Class D amplifier with a power output of 2 x 40 watts RMS. The module with all the connections is housed in the right-hand speaker enclosure. This means that the stereo set does not need a separate amplifier or receiver but, rather, simply a power connection. All of the components are perfectly matched and deliver clear and exceptionally powerful reproduction, something that is otherwise only possible with considerably more expensive or larger systems. The left and right speakers are connected via a classic loudspeaker cable provided in the package. High-quality, gold-plated terminals are provided for the actual connection.

STYLISH, LOW-RESONANCE ENCLOSURE

This high-quality technology and the high-precision chassis are suitably accommodated in a sturdy, low-resonance enclosure made of E1 MDF timber boards. The white membrane of the subwoofer has a stylish look and presents a striking contrast to the silk-matt black-lacquered baffle. Those who like things a bit more discreet can attach the removable front cover with the acoustic fabric via the invisible magnetic fastener. Located inside each loudspeaker is a carefully tuned Airflex port with rounded edges. This enables the owners of a MULTI MONITOR 220 to enjoy additional performance in the bass range without any interfering flow noise. To ensure secure and acoustically optimum stability, the speakers are also fitted with resonance-damping rubber feet.

The Magnat MULTI MONITOR 220 is a compact, high-quality stereo system that does not need an external receiver or amplifier and even meets audiophile demands – regardless of whether it´s vinyl or streaming.

Nova

Magnat Magnasphere Nova Speaker System Review

Magnat Magnasphere Nova
Magnat Magnasphere Nova BRON

Magnat, a prominent West German loudspeaker manufacturer, is introducing a novel four-way, three-piece speaker system that is claimed to be the first speaker to achieve true omnidirectional sound dispersion. The system supplied to us for test was a preproduction model, as the speaker is not scheduled for release until later this year.

The Magnasphere Nova consists of two satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer module. The subwoofer, like similar products in its external appearance, is approximately cubical and has a glossy black piano finish. Its output emerges from slots about 2 inches high and 20 inches long near floor level on the front and rear of the enclosure.

The satellites, however, are unique in appearance and design. Each consists of three black, perfo-rated-metal spheres stacked vertically on a slender black-steel column. Each sphere contains a pair of magnetic drivers mounted back-to-back and radiating in opposite directions. Since each driver pair operates in phase, the radiation pattern is approximately the same in all directions except in the plane of the sphere’s vertical “equator,” where the drivers are joined.

The bottom sphere of each satellite, the “woofer,” contains two 4-inch polypropylene-dome radiators that operate between 100 and 1,400 Hz. Each dome, constructed of two different thicknesses of polypropylene and mounted in a cutout in a plastic sphere slightly less than 8 inches in diameter, is driven at its 2-1/4-inch diameter by an inner “cone” that has a smaller voice coil at its apex.

The middle sphere, which radiates from 1,400 to 3,400 Hz, is essentially a smaller version of the woofer sphere. It contains two 2-inch soft-metal-dome radiators mounted back-to-back within a 4-inch spherical case, which in turn is surrounded by the perforated-metal cage. Immediately above it is the tweeter, with a pair of 1-inch drivers in a 2-1/2-inch cage (all these dimensions are approximate).

Passive crossover networks for the satellite drivers are located within their spherical enclosures, which are joined by eight-pin DIN connectors. A separate control box contains an active electronic crossover circuit, with a slope of 24 dB per octave, that excludes the low-bass frequencies from the satellites, supplying them to the subwoofer module through a cable and DIN plugs. The controller has front-panel adjustments for setting the subwoofer’s output level and the low-bass crossover frequency (either 80, 100, or 120 Hz).

An unusual feature of the Magnat system is its time-delay correction. Any three-piece system such as the Magnasphere Nova is very likely to have large time differences between the outputs of its subwoofer and satellites. In part, this results from the placement of these components in the listening room, where they are often many feet apart, and in part from the inherently greater delay in the output of a subwoofer compared with that of a midrange or high-frequency driver. The audible significance, if any, of these time differences has not been established, but the Magnasphere Nova provides a way for the user to compensate for them, if only approximately.

The signals supplied to the satellites are routed through a high-pass Bessel filter whose delay can be adjusted for 0, 32, or 64 milliseconds (ms) by a switch on the control unit. Since typical delay differences in a three-piece system like the Nova will fall in that range, presumably a user could reduce the differences substantially by delaying the satellite speakers’ output by 32 or 64 ms.

The Magnasphere Nova subwoofer contains four long-throw drivers, each with a cone diameter of 7-2/5 inches. They are mounted in opposing pairs on a board that divides the inside of the cabinet horizontally. Each pair is driven by the signal from one stereo channel, although the acoustic outputs of all four drivers are effectively combined at the cabinet’s ports. Magnat describes the subwoofer as having a “compound principle” of operation. Apparently each opposing pair of drivers operates in “push-pull” mode, with their cones moving in the same direction, instead of in opposition as in the satellites. The subwoofer’s amplifier, built into the enclosure, is rated to deliver 180 watts per channel continuously, or 500 watts peak output, with less than 0.05 percent distortion.

The top of the tweeter sphere is about 47 inches from the floor, the bottom of the woofer sphere about 30 inches. The stands, about 1-5/8 inches in diameter, have black cast-iron bases. Each complete satellite weighs about 28 pounds. The subwoofer module is about 21 inches wide and high, and 18 inches deep. Although its weight was not specified, we can testify that it is very heavy!

The control unit is a black-finished metal cabinet that measures 16-3/4 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 3-3/8 inches high. Its front panel contains a power switch and a small button that causes a motor to open and close the lower half of the panel, which covers the other controls. The panel also has a pair of overload lights to warn of excessive signal levels. Price: $5,500 (estimated) for the system.

Lab Tests

Some details of the Magnasphere Nova system, especially the control unit and its specific adjustment ranges, might be changed in the final production models. Since the radiators used in the satellites have been in the Magnat product line for some time, however, they can be expected to remain as described.

We placed the satellites about 8 feet apart and 4 feet from the wall behind them. The subwoofer was located approximately on the same line as the satellites and midway between them. We set the subwoofer output level by ear for the best possible bass response without excessive boominess on vocal sounds, and the 80-hz crossover setting was used for most listening and measurements. We tried the other settings as well, but the lowest of the three frequencies generally produced the best results.

Our frequency-response measurements were made in the usual way, plotting room-response curves for both satellites on the same chart and averaging them to smooth out room standing-wave effects. We measured the subwoofer’s response with each of the crossover settings, placing the microphone at one of the output slots. Bass distortion was measured at the same point, using the 80-Hz crossover setting.

We measured the impedance of a satellite unit, which is the only part of the Magnasphere Nova that is actually driven by the user’s regular system power amplifier, over the full audio frequency range. The system’s sensitivity was measured at a 1-meter distance, with only one satellite operating, using 2.83 volts of pink-noise input. Since there is no fixed relationship between the signal input level and the subwoofer’s acoustic output (their relative levels are set by ear), we measured the drive signal needed to produce a 90-dB sound-pressure level (SPL) at a 1-meter distance from the subwoofer slot at 50 Hz (on the flat portion of the subwoofer’s frequency response) and then maintained that same input level from 100 Hz downward when measuring bass distortion.

Our quasi-anechoic FFT response measurements with the IQS signal-analysis system were made 1 meter from a satellite. With the microphone close to each of the spheres, we also measured their individual frequency response on the forward axis and at 45 and 90 degrees off-axis (the latter angle is close to the solid band that unites each pair of hemispheres). Plotting the axial and off-axis response curves on the same printout enabled us to assess the actual directivity of each section of the satellite speaker. In addition to our usual group-delay measurements, applied to a complete satellite array, we made a group-delay measurement on the output of the subwoofer alone.

The satellites’ combined room response was very uniform, ±3 dB from 200 to 20,000 Hz, indicating a relatively flat acoustic power-output characteristic. Below 200 or 300 Hz the response became irregular because of room reflections. The close-miked subwoofer response was flat within ± 2 dB from 25 to 80 Hz using the 80-Hz crossover setting; the upper limit extended to 110 and 140 Hz with the 100- and 120-Hz settings, respectively. From 30 to 72 Hz, the subwoofer’s output varied only ± 1 dB.

Splicing the Nova system’s bass and room-response curves was not as easy as it is for most conventional single-cabinet speaker systems. The reference level of the bass curve could be placed almost anywhere relative to the room-response level, and the room’s standing-wave effects eliminated the usual clues to the relationship between the two. We finally joined the curves with the flat region of the subwoofer response at the same level as the smoothed satellite room response, which left the region from 100 to 200 Hz undefined. Since this frequency range is strongly affected by speaker placement and room dimensions, our choice was not unreasonable. The other parts of the curve give a fair indication of what the Magnasphere Nova system itself is capable of.

The composite response, which had only a few minor irregularities, varied ± 3 dB from 23 to 20,000 Hz. The bass distortion was between 2 and 3 percent from 25 to 100 Hz, climbing to 8.5 percent at 20 Hz. The distortion consisted entirely of second and third harmonics.

The impedance of a satellite, using the 100-Hz crossover, varied between 3.7 and 7 ohms over the range from 200 to 20,000 Hz (the nominal system rating is 4 ohms). The impedance rose smoothly below 200 Hz, to about 60 ohms at 20 Hz, reflecting the isolation provided by the system’s crossover network.

The system’s sensitivity appeared to be rather low, with each satellite producing only 80 dB spl at 1 meter with a drive signal of 2.83 volts of pink noise. This figure does not include, however, the considerable contribution of the subwoofer at frequencies below 100 Hz. In actual use, the system did not require an unusual amount of drive power even at very high levels.

The fft measurements were consistent with our other results. Since they extended beyond our usual 20,000-hz measurement limit, they confirmed that the satellites’ high-frequency response was virtually flat up to about 27,000 Hz. One of the more interesting fft measurements was the group-delay response to the subwoofer, which averaged about 30 milliseconds from 35 to 95 Hz and increased to 70 ms at 20 Hz. This suggests that the optional delay compensation in the Nova’s system controller could, in theory, correct for much of the difference between the subwoofer’s delay and the typical delay of less than 0.5 ms across the rest of the audio range that we measured from the satellite output.

The fft measurements also proved that the spherical radiators are not really omnidirectional, although their effective dispersion is wide enough to give them many of the subjective qualities of an omnidirectional radiator. A close-miked measurement of the tweeter sphere at angles of 0 and 45 degrees off its forward axis showed that the two response curves differed by 3 to 6 dB over most of the tweeter’s operating range. Although this is good dispersion, the response at 90 degrees off the forward axis was down more than 20 dB over most of the range. As would be expected, the midrange radiator was better, with less than 3 dB separating the axial and 45-degree curves over its full operating range. Still, the midrange output at 90 degrees off-axis was typically 18 to 20 dB below the axial level. The woofer sphere showed virtually no response change over the first 45 degrees, but at 90 degrees it was a uniform 12 dB down over most of that driver’s operating range.

Comments

The Magnasphere Nova system was a very “listenable” speaker. The sound from the satellites seemed to float in the air, with no clues to its origin as long as we were a few feet away from the speakers. It not only filled the space between them but extended behind and above them as well.

We were unable to hear any difference in the sound as a result of switching the delay compensation between 0 and 64 milliseconds, but there is little evidence to show that bass delays in that range are audible. While this feature looks promising in principle, it may be of little practical value.

The subwoofer, of course, cannot be located by ear, although it is certainly obvious to the eye. Too much subwoofer output can make some programs bottom-heavy, and we chose what seemed to be a reasonable level for our listening tests, setting the bass control at less than half of its maximum rotation. Even this middling level produced a solid, almost tactile deep-bass output with suitable program material.

We soon found that listening to the Magnasphere Nova tends to distract one from trying to dissect and analyze its sound output. That is a characteristic of most very good speakers, and the Nova is unequivocally one of the better-sounding ones we have heard.

Our only clear disagreement with the claims made for the Magnasphere Nova concerns its supposed “omnidirectionality.” The satellites are really sets of three dipole radiators, with virtually no radiation to the sides and equal outputs front and rear. They have the audible qualities of a good dipole and are much more compact than most. Whether you find them attractive as home furnishings is a matter of personal taste. And they are certainly expensive. But in the final analysis, it is the sound of a speaker that justifies its cost, and Magnat’s Magnasphere Nova system passes that test beautifully.

Humidor

High-end 2-way shelf-top speaker with genuine cedar wood veneer

Stylish products deserve stylish packaging. We took this basic principle very much to heart when developing the Magnat Humidor: The high-end 2-way shelf-top speaker combines the highest quality components, balanced acoustic tuning and unique design in a harmonious way. Its stylish body made of sturdy MDF wood is covered with a two-tone genuine cedar wood veneer. This means that the Humidor clearly enriches very room, not only acoustically but also visually.

Serienslider_Humidor-3 (1)COMPACT FORMAT, STRONG SOUND

The Humidor has a markedly compact shelf-top speaker format: With dimensions of just 140 x 245 x 258 mm, it is at home in just about any living room surroundings. The compact design is quickly forgotten, however, as soon as the Humidor starts performing: The precise treble ranges, clearly intelligible mid-range as well as the precise, strong bass foundation show impressively what modern technology and experience can achieve. To this end, the Humidor has opted for a high-quality aluminium-ceramic subwoofer. This high-end- material combines optimum rigidity with high internal damping. The Magnat Airflex bass reflex port provides for additional bass without any flow noise. Used as the tweeter is a silk dome with a particularly wide surround to improve the dispersion characteristics over 20 kHz. Both the tweeter and the subwoofer are driven by extremely powerful magnet systems. Together, the chassis duo ensures the highest sound precision and convincing dynamics over the entire frequency range.

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HIGHEST QUALITY COMPONENTS FOR INCOMPARABLE MAGNAT SOUND

The high-quality design and construction method is continued in the Humidor down to the smallest detail. The crossover was phase and amplitude optimized in the complex development process and fitted exclusively with selected components. For example, the coil of the deep bass branch is of a low impedance design in order to achieve the absolute maximum bass and efficiency. All of the internal wiring is of a large gauge to guarantee low-loss transmission of the audio signal. The high-end connecting terminal expertly rounds of the Humidor with its solid metal support plate and the gold-plated, acrylic varnished screw terminals.

STYLISH ENCLOSURE FOR HIGH-END TECHNOLOGY

The Humidor not only produces outstanding sound, it is also very attractive visually. The sturdy MDF enclosure ensures resonance-free reproduction and is covered with a stylish, two-tone genuine cedar wood veneer. Added to this is an attractive solid-metal sound guide for both speaker chassis as well as an inlaid solid-metal logo on the top of the enclosure. All of the metal elements, including the connecting terminal, are presented in a fine champagne shade to match harmoniously with the wood colors.

PERFECT SOUND THANKS TO COMPUTER-OPTIMIZED MEASUREMENTS USING THE KLIPPEL SYSTEM

Responsible for the perfect sound of the Humidor are the high-quality components as well as the precise coordination and tuning. The shelf-top speaker has undergone an elaborately complex and time-consuming development process. During this, all the components were adjusted and improved in a large number of individual steps, also with the help of the high-precision Klippel laser measuring system. With the help of this, the subwoofer, in particular, was optimized to such an extent that it extracts an impressive bass foundation from the compact enclosure with high level stability.

This meticulous development, the decades of experience gathered by our engineers and the high-quality components have combined to create an exceptional loudspeaker in the form of the Magnat Humidor: High-end in the smallest of spaces with a stylish wood design.

Humidor
High-end 2-way shelf-top speaker
with genuine cedar wood veneer

Principle
High-End-Bookshelf Speaker
Equipment
4.5“ Woofer-midrange
25 mm dome tweeter
Power Handling (RMS/Max.)
75 / 150 watts
Frequency Response
34 – 50000 Hz
Sensitivity (2.8V/1m)
90 dB
Dimensions (WxHxD)
140 x 245 x 258 mm