Throughout the development process of the Q platform numerous advances in the area of resonance management were made. Improvements with regards to the stiffness of the structure necessitated improvements to methods of damping. Magico maintains that by employing a combination of extensional damping, constrained-layer damping, and vibrational isolation, the overall system Q factor was brought to ideal levels and, thus, the model and name were created. Of course, in so doing, controlling the transmission of resonances to all equipment in the testing and listening facilities became the next variable to isolate.
Originally developed for internal R&D, the Magico QPods are being introduced to improve front-end system performance. The pods themselves are CNC-turned and milled from hardened stainless-steel, oxygen-free copper, and hard black-anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. These materials create the constraining layers for the damping material which is alternately clamped between them to create a single traverse dissipating unit, which Magico calls the QPod.
Vibrational wave propagation through the floor, stands, and the equipment itself is converted into heat energy through the side-to-side movement (known as "shear deformation") within each layer of the pod.
By adding a multi-leveled constraining layer mechanism to equipment standoffs, electrical and mechanical vibration-induced artifacts are acutely reduced, ultimately resulting in marked improvements to signal fidelity.
The QPods are NOT designed to replace or augment the Magico Q loudspeaker feet. They may, however, be effective in decoupling other loudspeakers.
The US retail price of 3 QPods is $1,310 and 4 QPods is $1,680. Delivery will begin in March 2011.