The Science of Sound
"Only those who undertake something with true passion can achieve perfection in what they do. We believe in this. And that´s why the Magnat logo is more than just a brand distinction. It´s a promise. Every one of our products is developed with great passion at the company´s headquarters in Pulheim/Germany. With exceptional care, according to scientific methods and with the decades of experience accumulated by our highly qualified engineers."
Shandro Fischer and Mark Finger, Managing Director
In terms of mater-of-fact frequency measurement, the individual listening test and the fine balance between price and performance. We are proud of this harmonious triad because it clearly shows that measuring and listening are not a contradiction in terms but can, rather, go hand in hand - and that all of this doesn´t have to cost a fortune, but can be affordable for every audiophile listener. For this reason, Magnat products are, with regard to both quality and price/performance ratio, always at the forefront of our industry.
Our development laboratory is one of the most modern in Europe and operates exclusively in accordance with the highest scientific and acoustic standards. We use the most modern technologies in the development and production processes. All that´s missing then for the perfect result is a real passion for sound - and all of our Magnat staff have more than enough of that. In this way, we ensure that our customers get the optimum blend of captivating sound and stylish design in one unique, high-quality product. That´s what we call "The Science of Sound".
Sound Engineered in Germany
"When developing audio products, it is important to have the right blend. Only the combination of measuring technology. listening tests and experience produces a product that has the right to bear the Magnat logo.We could, of course, buy our products off the shelf from a large manufacturer, make a few cosmetic adjustments and then put the Magnat logo on them. But that wouldn´t have much to do with passion for the perfect sound or even with science. For this reason, we develop all our products exclusively by ourselves, from the most economical loudspeaker range to the Quantum Signature and from the CD player to the high-end tube amplifier."
Martin Gross, Magnat Dovelopment Engineer
While high-end loudspeakers require distinctly greater development effort and expense than entry-level products, of course, there is one basic principle that we never depart from: There is no "product recycling" at Magnat. That means we also develop our own drivers for each new range. In this way, we ensure that no compromises are made with regard to sound and that all of the components in every loudspeaker, from the enclosure to the material for the speaker membrane, are optimally matched and harmonised. To achieve this, we use high-tech equipment from Klippel, Audio Precision, Brüel & Kjaer and Rohde & Schwarz to make sure that every single product detail, no matter how small, fits the overall concept.
The Science of Perfect Sound is our motto and the field of study in which we research and test new methods on a daily basis. The result: noticeably better audiophile sound that you can hear and measure. As soon as science has provided us with the perfect conditions for a new loudspeaker, we move on to the specific development and engineering. As already mentioned: The first stage of loudspeaker development takes place mostly on the drawing board – based on scientific principles and experience. This theory is then tested in practice using prototypes. And this much we can divulge: The first version is never perfect. That´s why our developers never rest until they have optimised the new loudspeaker to the extent that it sounds just as they imagined - or sometimes even better.
At Magnat, we follow a simple philosophy: A good loudspeaker is a good loudspeaker. This is why our portfolio contains both hi-fi and home cinema products. Everything is there - from the classic passive loudspeaker to the fully active streaming system. Added to this is a broad range of high-quality electronics. Those totally preoccupied with thrilling action movies only have to look at out home cinema product range. Audiophile loudspeakers focus on the high-fidelity reproduction of music – with an important addition: We offer additional rear and centre speakers for our stereo loudspeakers, as well as matching subwoofers for a fully-fledged home cinema setup. Regardless of what Magnat customers choose to buy, the always get an absolutely high-tech product with the best possible price/performance ratio. And always with the certainty that is has undergone all of the development processes in Pulheim near Cologne - i.e. "Engineered in Germany".
Symbiosis of technology and design
"Speaking of acoustic products, good design always means to combine solid scientific evidence and technical conditions with ergonomic design. Our task is to allocate as much space to the mechanics and technology as they need for the development of perfect sound. That’s why for loudspeakers and headphones we always abide by the everlasting principle of good product design: form follows function."
Helmut Thiele, Produkt-Desginer
There are companies that put design above everything else. If a loudspeaker chassis does not fit into the extravagant enclosure, it is normally the technology that is adapted and not the design. Not so as Magnat! The motto that applies for us in the development process is that the necessary technology forms the essential foundation on which a loudspeaker is built. Those familiar with our products know that we still attach great importance to aesthetic appearance: After the hardware engineers have defined the outline conditions, we design a unique exterior for each product and range that makes it clearly identifiable as coming from Magnat.
With this philosophy, we ensure that, in relation to sound quality, not even the smallest of compromises are made in favour of the design. "The Science of Sound" is our guiding principle, and a look at our portfolio clearly shows that focusing on the perfect sound does not have to mean making compromises in terms of aesthetics: We provide each of our loudspeakers with an equally elegant and functional shell in which it can optimally develop its acoustic qualities. In every price category, we offer attractive packages that combine design and technology in a harmonious way.
Loudspeakers move air in order to produce sound. To do this, they also have to move themselves - and very quickly and, sometimes, with strong deflections. At the same time, however, they should also reproduce every signal with precision and free of distortion. Needed for this are high enclosure rigidity and the minimum possible resonance. Once you are aware of these principles of high-quality audio reproduction, it quickly becomes clear that a solid mechanical basic structure is the key to every outstanding loudspeaker. We follow this principle throughout every development stage.
As already mentioned, this does not mean that we don´t care about the look of our loudspeakers. Quite the opposite: Once the outline conditions are in place, our designers can give free rein to their creativity in order to give our products the stylish, purist appearance they are so well-known for. This includes – if the technical specifications allow – changes to the shape of the enclosure, such as rounded edges, or experimenting with surface material and colours. A popular hallmark of our loudspeakers is, for example, the contrast between the loudspeaker body and chassis. Here, our designers like to take advantage of the possibility to create a striking appearance wihout negatively affecting the acoustic qualities.
A look at the measuring laboratory
"We apply the very highest standards for the development of our products. It is therefore only logical for us to also use the best tools. The Klippel tool is one of the most complex and detailed measuring systems I know of. Our measuring techniques for electronic products come from Audio Precision and likewise meet the very highest standards."
Christian Gather, Magnat Development Engineer