McIntosh has announced the XRT2.1K, a speaker 45 years in the making. The new XRT2.1K is a seven-foot-tall full-range design which uses brand new Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drive units which have been specifically created for the project.

A 4-way design, the XRT2.1K  uses a total of 81 drivers consisting of (6) 8-inch bass drivers, (2) 6.5-inch low frequency midrange units, (28) 2-inch upper midrange units and (45) three-quarter-inch” tweeters. The new Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drivers specifically created for the XRT2.1K control the bass frequencies and are housed in their own bass enclosure cabinet.  Located on the line array are McIntosh’s aluminium/magnesium upper-frequency midrange and tweeter drivers, which have been specially customised for the XRT2.1K and feature powerful neodymium magnets.
The crossover network is engineered to ensure an even frequency response over the entire audible range. It utilises capacitors and inductors with low loss and high current capacity. The type of inductor used in each section of the crossover network has been specially chosen for high linearity, even at high power levels.
Rated to handle  2,000 watts, the XRT2.1K loudspeaker represents the next evolution of McIntosh home audio speakers. The full range system provides “a spacious sound reproduction with an unusually deep sound stage”. The XRT2.1K  McIntosh’s renowned line array speaker principles to produce an even sound dispersion pattern — listeners closer to the speaker will not be overwhelmed by extremely loud sound, while those further away will notice hardly any drop-off in sound level, the company claim. 
The crossover network utilises capacitors and inductors with low loss and high current capacity. The type of inductor used in each section of the crossover network has been specially chosen for high linearity, even at high power levels.
The XRT2.1K’s reinforced bass cabinet uses a combination of brushed and black aluminium and is finished with seven layers of high-gloss piano-black paint. The line array mimics the timeless McIntosh front panel appearance with a glossy black centre section and two silver aluminium end caps. It is suspended from the front of the bass cabinet via steel spiders that are capped with covers that look like a McIntosh control knob. The removable speaker grilles are attached via magnets and feature black knit-cloth with high-gloss trim.
McIntosh’s patented, gold-plated Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts easily but securely attach the speaker cables to prevent them from coming loose. Separate pairs of binding posts are available for the mid/high, low and subwoofer frequencies to allow for tri-amping or tri-wiring. The McIntosh logo on the front of the base plate can be illuminated green with the use of McIntosh’s Power Control technology found in the amplifier, preamplifier, integrated amplifier and other products.
Orders for the XRT2.1K can be placed now with authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in December (US), early 2018 (UK). £137,500 per pair or $130,000 in the USA.

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