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by Marc Rushton

15th December, 2017


McIntosh has unveiled its new statement XRT2.1K loudspeakers in New York this week, standing 7 feet tall, with 81 drivers in total, and ownership setting you back at least $200,000.

McIntosh calls them the next evolution in home audio speakers, the XRT2.1K represents all the company has learned in over 45 years of designer speakers.

The XRT2.1K is a full range system that provides spacious sound reproduction with an unusually deep sound stage.

McIntosh XTR2.1K

McIntosh has employed their renowned line array speaker principles with its 4-way, 2000w power handling and 90dB rated efficiency speaker, consisting of 81 drivers. The complement comprising six 8” woofers, two 6.5” low-frequency midranges, twenty-eight 2” upper-frequency midranges and a staggering forty-five ¾” tweeters.

Listeners closer to the speaker will not be overwhelmed by extremely loud sound while those further away will notice hardly any drop off in sound level. The resulting sound is smooth and wide for all listeners, producing exceptional stereo imaging in nearly all listening positions.

The woofers and low-frequency midrange drivers are an entirely new design created explicitly for the XRT2.1K, featuring a combination of Nanocarbon Fiber/Nomex Honeycomb.

McIntosh says this exceptionally stiff, yet lightweight composite material combined with a very long throw ensures excellent low-frequency extension. Similarly, the Aluminum–Magnesium upper-frequency midrange and tweeter metal drivers have been specially customised for the XRT2.1K and feature neodymium magnets.

Visually, the XRT2.1K is as striking as it sounds. The reinforced bass cabinet is a combination of brushed and black aluminum and is finished with 7 layers of high gloss piano black paint.

Inheriting traditional McIntosh styling, the line array mimics the timeless McIntosh front panel appearance with a glossy black center section and two silver aluminum end caps.

Marry the XRT2.1K loudspeakers with amplifiers, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers and other products from McIntosh that feature its “Power Control” technology, and the McIntosh logo on the front will illuminate in green. So very McIntosh!

McIntosh XRT2.1K sells for USD 130,000 and ships to fortunate owners stateside this month.

Local pricing has been confirmed at $200,000 RRP and Australian McIntosh distributor, Synergy Audio is hopeful to land at least one pair. Stay tuned!

For more information visit McIntosh.


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StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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