To combine heritage, legacy sound, and cutting-edge wireless technology, we must navigate a complicated relationship, especially when it comes to Bluetooth speakers and one-box hi-fi system solutions, see the Sonus Faber Omnia as a proof that it has been achieved.
On the one hand, I want the user''s convenience of accessing hi-res digital file quality, which is the hallmark of the finest wireless speakers. I also want the benefit of the rich analog charm and craftsmanship that is emphasized in the aesthetic.
McIntoshLabs has led some of America''s most dramatic events since 1949 (including the 1969 Woodstock Festival) and made some of the most stunning, monolithic rock amps I''ve ever known. This makes the Binghamton, New York audio specialist, a brand I emphatically wish to operate.
So, the McIntoshRS150Wireless Loudspeakeris, for me, is the perfect gateway medication, which was launched in February 2022.
For a relatively nominal fee of $1200 / 1,295 (relatively, the stunning little MHA200 valve headphone amp is about the size of a stack of paperbacks and costs $2500 / 2795 / AU$4995), you can buy into McIntosh Labs'' heritage and know that this one-box proposition will play your music with no other hi-fi separates.
TheRS150 is a truly wireless speaker that allows for built-in casting directly from Tidal, Apple AirPlay, Spotify, and others. Bluetooth 5.0 features aptX HD and aptX Low Latency, and it''s Roon ready too, it can access and deliver the digital audio stream from your Roon Core (which is likely your NAS drive).
Opinion: McIntosh makes mixing hi-fi principles and high-tech seem simple.
My heart sank quicker to learn that the RS150 (which is also my initials, but that''s an aside) is also compatible with a lossless-quality playback of up to 1,411 kbps, and a file stream of 24-bit/192kHZ high-resolution music, c.a.d. true lossless, high-quality sound.
The crowning beauty of the iconic digital output meter (known in the trade as theMcIntoshBlue Dial) which utilizes the same circuits found in McIntosh''s heritage analog models to provide the most accurate indication of the speakers output.
Don''t you agree with that to see that dial move as you crank the volume with those outrageous rotary knobs beats pushing buttons to see LED volume indicators on even the finest party speakers?
Here''s how you can remove the black knit cloth grille and see those drivers pulse. A complete access to the RS150''s Titanium dome fluid-filled tweeter and a 5.25 x 6 inch long throw woofer, driven by a total of 120 watts of power (30 watts to the tweeter, 90 watts to the woofer).
Since I''m certain that the category of the finest wireless speakers may be a new issue, I''m truly interested in hearing it.