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by Peter Familari

31st January, 2018


It’s worth putting out a gilt-edged welcome mat for any new Aussie audio brand, at any time.

Mark Thomsen - M8audioBut when the newbie has such accomplished products as the trio of new speakers from the M8audio stable, it’s time for unabashed patriotic music lovers and audiophile to break out a bottle of any local vineyard's finest.

So with a glass or two of Yarra Valley Chardonnay, we report on the launch of M8audio’s inaugural high-performance loudspeakers.

And don’t they look great sporting refreshing cabinet contours and finishes?

Take the Maxwell model, for example. Now here’s a speaker that positively enforces the notion that you can have a great sounding speaker that’s as good on the eye as it is on the ears.

Along with svelte looks, the compact Maxwell comes with a horde of technologies usually not available on a speaker that sells for $6000.

The Maxwell’s enclosure is an expensive honeycomb braced cabinet that’s fully dampened using the brand’s proprietary viscoelastic dampeners and decoupling feet.

The Maxwell has a pure beryllium tweeter with a 29mm voice coil. A material that lucky owners of Yamaha’s NS1000 speakers keep on celebrating. The Maxwell’s 187mm midrange cone is fashioned from Egyptian papyrus, the motor is neodymium and the crossover a no-compromise build equipped with Alumen-Z capacitors.

The Maxwell’s frequency response is 47Hz to 40kHz and the sensitivity measures 86dB.

The Rocket 5.1 Super Resolution will stand out in a crowded speaker market with its Franco Serblin (Sonus Faber) contours.

A two-way compact it carries a 22mm aluminium/magnesium dome tweeter and a 132mm Egyptian papyrus cone midrange with a neodymium motor.

The Rocket has a frequency response of 72Hz to 32kHz and an efficiency of 83dB. The crossover frequency is set at 2.7kHz. Price is $2800.

The Sub One Ten is an active subwoofer that again is beautifully contoured and matches the looks of the Rocket.

The driver installed in the Sub One Ten is a 290mm paper fibre cone model with four layers for greater rigidity. It uses a 75mm voice coil.

The frequency response is 33-120Hz and the amplifier is a Class-D model rated at 300w RMS.

The Sub One Ten has adjustable Gain, Line In Low Pass Filter (40-200Hz), variable phase along with Auto sense on and standby modes. Price is $2400.

The three new speakers are available now. Here’s betting they’ll be bottlers.

For more information visit M8Audio.


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One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.

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