McIntosh was the epitome of high-end audio methods after I was in faculty. Its distinctive emblem and vivid blue-backlit degree meters had been immediately recognizable, indicating that the proprietor was critical about sound.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this yr, McIntosh continues to signify high-quality audio because it expands its portfolio to incorporate extra up to date merchandise. The RS200 is an ideal working example. This 2-channel wi-fi speaker presents all of the options we’ve come to anticipate in such a product, however sadly, its sound high quality doesn’t measure as much as the usual I had come to anticipate from McIntosh.


Sporting a pair of the corporate’s iconic blue-backlit degree meters on the entrance panel, the RS200 is big for a wi-fi speaker, measuring 24.8 x 5.75 x 12.6 inches (WxHxD) and weighing in at a hefty 29.5 kilos. Its sloping undercarriage nearly makes it look like floating above its metallic base, which is fairly cool.

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The traditional blue-backlit degree meters immediately establish this as a McIntosh product.

The driver complement consists of two 0.75-inch titanium-dome, fluid-filled tweeters and 4 2-inch titanium inverted-dome midrange drivers on the entrance face of the unit. Two 4×6-inch long-throw woofers hearth downward onto the metallic base beneath the sloping undercarriage. The woofers share a typical chamber, which is vented downward on the entrance of the unit.

The tweeters and midrange drivers are powered by a complete of 400 watts, whereas the woofers have a complete of 250W pushing them round. Overall frequency response is specified from 40Hz to 20kHz (-3 dB) with THD+N lower than 0.05% (mid-band).

Of course, the first technique of getting audio into the RS200 is wirelessly. It implements Bluetooth 5.0 with the A2DP profile and AAC, aptX HD, and aptX Low Latency codecs, that are typically thought of to be the highest-quality client codecs out there right now.

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If you could have sufficient tablespace beneath a TV, the RS200 can function a soundbar.

In addition, audio will be despatched to the unit by way of Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz) utilizing Apple AirPlay 2, DTS Play-Fi, and DLNA, permitting the RS200 to affix a whole-home wi-fi audio system. It may stream audio from a wide range of on-line suppliers, together with Tidal, Napster, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Internet Radio, iHeartworkRadio, and others. As if that weren’t sufficient, it could actually play audio from any of its inputs to different Play-Fi audio system.

Another fascinating Play-Fi characteristic is the flexibility to play the entrance three channels in a 5.1 surround-sound setup. Two Play-Fi wi-fi {surround} audio system full the {surround} bundle.

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