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by Peter Familari

15th February, 2019


It’s a wireless loudspeaker system like no other! Incomparable is probably the best way to describe McIntosh’s foray into the Wireless Loudspeaker genre with its monolithic RS200 model.

Featuring just about everything required for wireless music streaming and then some, you could say rivals look at the RS200 with open-mouthed envy.

Here’s why: while many wireless speakers carry an amp rated at a few handfuls of watts, the RS200 packs 650 watts of total power to its built-in eight drivers.

This octet comprises a pair of 4-inch and 6-inch woofers, four 2-inch midranges and two ¾-inch tweeters.

To provide your music with more grunt when required, a powered subwoofer connects to the RS200 via a built-in output. 

And to ensure the RS200 integrates with any number of locations, McIntosh has included a 3-position Equalisation switch that allows its EQ to be tuned to a specific room and of course, a user’s personal listening preferences.

As for streaming options, there are plenty. These include Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC, Qualcomm aptX HD for hi-res playback and Qualcomm aptX Low Latency for improved audio transmission speed to ensure perfect syncing of sound with visual media.

You also get DTS Play-Fi whole-home audio and DNLA support.

For occasions when you prefer traditional “wired” to wireless connectivity, the RS200 has an audio-only HDMI input to connect to TVs that have an Audio Return Channel (ARC). There’s also an optical input for TVs without an ARC and plenty of other digital sources.

Other connections include a Type-B USB input for linking to a Mac or Windows PC, and a 3.5mm AUX input.

The RS200’s audio can be expanded by adding a pair of McIntosh Play-Fi compatible RS100 wireless speakers to provide home cinema sound.

The RS200 will arrive in March, but Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed. It will sell for US$3000 in the USA.

For more information visit McIntosh.


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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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