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McIntosh is introducing the mono RS150 (pictured above) and stereo RS250 wireless loudspeakers. Both standalone units offer a completely wireless solution, and neither require a dedicated control app, but rather feature built-in streaming ‘cast-to’ technologies such as Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast, and Roon Ready, enabling streaming direct from smart devices. The RS150 ($1,200 USD) is slated for availability this month, while the RS250 ($3,000 USD) is expected to ship in January, with worldwide releases following shortly thereafter.

McIntosh considers the RS150 to be “entry-level” and a chance for consumers to get their first experience of the company’s “legendary” performance standards. With 120 Watts total power and an enlarged woofer (over the previous RS100) to 5 1/4-inches, a reengineered encloser promises to deliver higher output with lower distortion and deeper bass extension. With a removable grille, the company says the design resembles the traditional McIntosh aesthetic with glass front panel on the lower section.

McIntosh RS250 Wireless Loudspeaker System

The RS250 Wireless Loudspeaker System, meanwhile, features turntable connectivity, HDMI ARC for use with a TV, and a substantial 650 Watts of total power channelled into two 4 x 6-inch woofers, four 2-inch midranges and two 3/4-inch tweeters. The two woofers are down-firing so that the sound emanates from under the main chassis, and their enclosure has been reengineered to reduce distortion with improved bass control. The unit can be connected to an external powered subwoofer, and further connectivity includes an optical input, 1/4-inch headphone jack and 3.5mm AUX input.

Both wireless speaker systems are compatible with TIDAL HiFi’s Hi-Res playback of 24-bit/192kHz music files, and serve as Roon Ready endpoint devices. As well as Bluetooth 5.0 with AAC standard and Qualcomm aptX HD for hi-res playback, both units also sport new illuminated digital output meters (with the same circuits as McIntosh’s analog meters) and wired ethernet ports. Google Assistant voice control is supported via third-party voice recognition devices on the same network. Orders for the RS150 and RS250 can now be placed with authorized McIntosh dealers. For more information, visit McIntosh.


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