McIntosh Unveils Another Big One, Adds the XRT1.1K to Its Large Tower Collection
(McIntosh)(November 27, 2018) Last year McIntosh unveiled its NBA-sized XRT2.1K loudspeaker, proclaiming it to be “the next evolution of McIntosh home audio.” Standing 7 feet tall and weighing some 354 pounds, the XRT2.1K truly is a beastly flagship design. So, how to follow it up? Perhaps a slightly smaller version?
Enter the all new XRT1.1K. As compared to its older brother, the XRT1.1K shaves off a full 14 inches and drops its weight by that of a modestly sized adult human. The result is a speaker package that McIntosh says was created to “more comfortably fit in a wider variety of home environments.” But don’t be fooled. This new "second in line" is still a true audio specimen.
The XRT1.1K has serious strength, boasting a robust 1,200 watts power to push its 4-way line array design. The impressive ported cabinet houses a total of 70 – yes, seventy – individual drivers. For those of you counting, there are four 6.5” woofers, two 6.5” low frequency midranges, 24 2” upper frequency midranges, and 40 ¾” tweeters. And there’s lots of trickle down happening between the XRT2.1K and this new design, as all of the drivers made their debuts on the larger flagship model.
The speaker’s cabinet, which houses the woofer and midrange drivers in a bass enclosure behind the line array, is finished with seven layers of piano gloss paint for an exquisite glossy finish. And the line array, itself, carries tremendous visual appeal with a black surface that’s framed by silver trim. Of course, nothing is complete without a proper speaker grille, which features black cloth and more metal.
The entire cabinet structure sits on a base plate made of machined aluminum and glass. It features the McIntosh logo, which can be illuminated that unmistakable McIntosh green if desired.
Naturally, the XRT1.1K’s “Solid Cinch” gold plated speaker posts ooze quality and tie the entire package together. According to McIntosh, separate pairs of posts are available for each division of bass drivers.
If you’re interested in the XRT1.1K, just visit your local authorized McIntosh dealer. You can expect to pay somewhere in the realm of $60K per pair, which is a bargain considering the XRT2.1K will set you back more than twice as much. Shipping now.