McIntosh’s New $40,000 Center Channel Features 43 Individual Drivers!

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(September 15, 2022) The importance of a well-designed center channel can't be overstated. Tasked with carrying up to 70% of a theater room’s front soundstage, not to mention the vast majority of dialog, it’s essential that a center channel sounds great on its own while seamlessly blending with a system’s left and right channels. McIntosh’s latest center design claims to achieve that and more using a unique hybrid 3 and 4-way speaker sonically matched to its XRT2.1K and XRT1.1K floor-standers.

The all-new XCS1.5K has the appearance of serious audio gear, backed by a price tag – $40,000 – that screams high-end. Rated to handle 1,500 Watts of power, the XCS1.5K carries an unprecedented amount of audio firepower. Its first "layer" of drivers consists of four 8” long throw carbon fiber sandwich cone woofers housed in a vented cabinet. A second panel mounted on the cabinet's face features fourteen 2.5” aluminum midrange drivers and twenty-five 3/4” done tweeters. That makes for a total of 43 individual drivers, just in case you're keeping count.

The entire cabinet is mounted on an adjustable bass with five different preset angles. This allows the speaker unit to be optimally aimed at a listening position.

Finished with seven layers of high-gloss piano black paint, the XCS1.5K is loaded with classic McIntosh design elements. Its frontside accommodates a removable black knit cloth speaker grille, and its rear presents three sets of Solid Cinch speaker binding posts that allow for bi-/tri amping or bi- or tri-wiring.

The XCS1.5K will be available via Authorized McIntosh Dealers beginning October 2022.



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I saw an add for this center and wondered about the price ... have to say, it exceeded what I thought the high end cost would be. Awesome tech as always from McIntosh, always good to see these higher end products, but I'll keep my Polk L400 and save the $38K. Would be nice in a cost no object set up.
 

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nice but way to pricey for the common man! :)
 

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This is definitely a speaker you’d want to run with the cloth grille off. I could look at this thing for days!

I do wonder why so many manufacturers with theater specific products keep pushing out piano black finishes. Yes, it looks amazing. But it’s not ideal for dark, light controlled environments!
 

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Very nice, but definitely for the 1% of the the 1% crowd :)
 

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43 individual drivers of pure unobtainium...
 

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It's definitely got some cool factor to it.
 

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Only $40k? LOL. I’m sure it’s amazing! This thing is a monster:
  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D)49-31/32" (126.92cm) x 17-3/16" (43.66cm) (including feet) x 21-7/32" (53.9cm)
  • Unit Weight 178 lbs (80.74 kg)
 

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When can we expect the give-a-way??? :cool:
 

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When can I quit so that I can enter the giveaway? :olddude:
 

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When can I quit so that I can enter the giveaway? :olddude:
I haven't seen you since you were toting those diffusers around... Is that you with the cane now? :neener:
 

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I haven't seen you since you were toting those diffusers around... Is that you with the cane now? :neener:
I might resemble that fella a wee bit... but I do got more hair than most.
 

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I might resemble that fella a wee bit... but I do got more hair than most.
Do you have a man bun? I've got a 10 inch ponytail... Of course its all gray... Like your beard... :T
 

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Permed in the rear... pretty curly. Had about 6 inches cut off last time. Cut my full beard down to a goatee.

I wonder if all those drivers in that McIntosh make the dialog any clearer for old men like us?
 

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Permed in the rear... pretty curly. Had about 6 inches cut off last time. Cut my full beard down to a goatee.

I wonder if all those drivers in that McIntosh make the dialog any clearer for old men like us?
LOL... Old men like us??? I am a teenager maybe hitting 19 or so... Again for the third time...
 
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