McIntosh have announced the XRT1.1K Loudspeaker. Following in the footsteps of the XRT2.1K is the more accessibly sized XRT1.1K Loudspeaker. Featuring a 1,200 Watt power rating, the full range XRT1.1K has a more user-friendly size that is 14” (35 cm) shorter and 173 lbs (78 kg) lighter than the XRT2.1K

The ported, 4-way XRT1.1K uses McIntosh’s line array design with a total of 70 individual drivers consisting of (4) 6.5” woofers, (2) 6.5” low frequency midranges, (24) 2” upper frequency midranges, and (40) ¾” tweeters.

The woofer and low frequency midrange drivers that were first designed for the XRT2.1K have been incorporated into the XRT1.1K. They are housed in the large bass enclosure cabinet located behind the line array. Their diaphragms are extremely stiff yet lightweight. In front of the bass cabinet is the line array where the upper frequency midranges and tweeters, which were also first developed for the XRT2.1K, are found.

Utilising capacitors and inductors with low loss and high current capacity, the crossover network is engineered to ensure an even frequency response over the entire audible range. The type of inductor used in each section of the network has been chosen for high linearity, even at high power levels. The network also employs self-resetting high current PTC type fuses to provide an extra measure of protection for the drivers.

The bass cabinet is finished with 7 layers of high gloss piano black paint and has touches of brushed and black aluminium. The line array features hints of the classic McIntosh front panel with a black centre section and silver trim. It is suspended in front of the bass cabinet via steel spiders that are inspired by modern skyscraper construction; they are capped with magnetic covers that mimic the look of McIntosh control knobs. The speaker grilles feature black knit cloth with high gloss trim; the grilles are easily removed via their magnetic fasteners to expose the drivers. The base plate is made of machined aluminium and glass. It has 4 adjustable feet .The speaker cables are securely attached via gold-plated Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts that prevent the cables 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 base can be illuminated with the use of McIntosh’s Power Control technology found in their amplifiers, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers and other products. SRP in the USA is  $60,000 USD and £59,995 in the UK.


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