A refined appreciation of music requires a credible sound system. There’s quite a selection out there, a veritable elite that ensures bragging rights among owners. Among such illustrious brands is the Q1 from Magico, which was being rumored about since 2010. Is all the hype true? Judging by its reception from audio nerds, it’s a work of art.
Seen above is the Q1, which is encased in an aluminum cabinet 14 inches tall, and that doesn’t include the floor stand it’s resting on. The Q1 is armed with a seven-inch woofer supported by a metallic interior. Performance-wise, th Q1 is capable of some 34Hz of ‘deep bass.’ Another impressive number is its weight. On its stand, the Q1 is a 60 pound beast. it more than compensates with sheer audio quality though, which is being raved about by critics.
As a piece of design, the Q1 is an simple and unaffected as the next speaker. As a performance machine whose sole reason for existence is to deliver the ethereal listening sensation, the Q1 belongs to a league of its own.
Now here comes the terrible part. Per pair, the Q1 costs $24,950. Ouch!
This is becoming a trend. After a disappointing Q4 saw Logitech reduce the price of its Revue it revealed today that after a net loss of $29.6 million for the first quarter it is cutting the price of the Revue to $99, as well as saying goodbye to CEO Gerald P. Quindlen. Quindlen had been an outspoken supporter of the Google TV box (see the video after the break) but according to Logitech this price cut and corresponding $34 million hit to its finances are necessary to “remove price as a barrier to broad customer acceptance.” In the midst of these results — as well as lowered sales in several regions and key products like Harmony remotes — Chairman and former CEO Guerrino De Luca will assume the role of acting CEO while a long term replacement is sought. Until then, and before the Google TV Honeycomb update arrives, does anyone think the Revue will be more appealing for one Benjamin than it was for two, or three?