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by Jay Garrett

4th February, 2019

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McIntosh is returning to custom installation with a five-strong range that will make its European debut at ISE 2019.

McIntosh's celebrated return to CI will make it even easier for discerning music and movie lovers to enjoy the New York manufacturer's legendary sound quality as the company diversifies its offerings to suit an ever-changing array of environments.

McIntosh will also be using ISE 2019 to show its recently announced 70th Anniversary amplifiers, the new MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier.

Joining these recent special additions is the XRT1.1K loudspeaker, a scaled-down version of the £137,500 flagship XRT2.1K.

McIntosh Custom Install Amplifiers

McIntosh is introducing two new highly efficient Class distribution amplifiers, the four-channel MI254 Power Amplifier (250W into 8 Ohms) and eight-channel MI128 Power Amplifier (120W).

McIntosh MI128

Each employs highly sophisticated closed-loop digital switching amplifiers paired with extremely robust power supplies.

McIntosh MI254

The Class D amplifiers do not require noisy cooling fans which makes them perfect for CI applications. The MI254 is well suited to driving home cinema speakers and could be integrated into virtually any existing home system with ease.

Both amplifiers feature front panel LED indicators for channel status, and the MI254 goes a stage further to include two blue McIntosh Watt Meters displaying the summed power output of channels 1 + 2 and channels 3 + 4.

McIntosh MI128

Around the back, the MI254 features McIntosh's standard five-way speaker binding posts, while the MI128 uses 2-pole Phoenix-style push-in speaker terminals. The MI128 also includes back panel volume controls for volume balancing, along with two coax or optical digital audio inputs and channel-summing circuits for easy mono signal distribution.

Further MI254 and MI128 features include signal overload technology, BUS input and outputs to efficiently distribute a stereo signal to multiple outputs and/or numerous amplifiers, individual channel inputs; 12-V triggering capabilities and eco-friendly on/off signal-sensing. Both have the same installer-friendly physical dimensions and are 2U rack-mountable. Naturally, you can remove the mounting ears if they're not going into racks.

McIntosh In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers

McIntosh has also launched three new CI speakers: the WS500 and WS300 In-Wall Speakers, plus the CS200 In-Ceiling Speaker. All three models are voice-matched to each other for seamless integration.

McIntosh WS500Highly versatile, the WS500 and WS300 can be adapted to both two-channel and multi-channel needs. Both are three-way speakers, designed to deliver incredible performance in any environment. They're fully enclosed speakers and, thanks to their controlled air chambers, distortion and response irregularities are minimised.

The WS500 features two 165mm (6.5-inch) woofers, two 50mm (2-inch) inverted Titanium-dome midranges and one 19mm (3/4-inch) Titanium-dome tweeter. The WS300 has one 200mm (8-inch) woofer, two 50mm (2-inch) inverted Titanium-dome midranges and one 19mm (3/4-inch) Titanium-dome tweeter.

Both the WS500 and WS300 posses newly designed shallow woofers. A feature that allows each speaker to be just 93mm (3.625-inches) deep, permitting them to fit in almost any wall. The woofers utilise a long-throw, high-power design with moulded carbon-reinforced cones with elastomeric surrounds for high linearity.

The three-way CS200 In-Ceiling Speaker features a 100mm (8-inch) woven glass fibre woofer, two (50mm) 2-inch inverted Titanium-dome midranges and one 19mm (3/4-inch) Titanium-dome tweeter. The midranges and tweeter are mounted in a rotating array for increased flexibility.

Each speaker is designed to handle up to 250 Watts of power.

Charlie Randall, McIntosh President and CEO told StereoNET:

We are excited to return to the custom install category with these new amplifiers and speakers. Many of our traditional home audio products have been used for distributed audio applications by skilled CI installers. We are happy to once again offer products specifically designed for custom installation.

Price and availability

McIntosh's new Custom Install products are available to order now.

  • MI254: £5,995
  • MI128: £4,495
  • WS500: £2,995
  • WS300: £2,495
  • CS200: £1,495


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StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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