A McIntosh for Everyone – the RS100

 Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

First Peek
We had just set up the MB50 Streaming Audio Player and were impressed at how easily it could be configured and how nice it sounded. The MB50 requires the use of DTS Play-Fi software and the installation of the Play-Fi App on one of our tablets. Easy Peasy, Lemon… well you get the idea.
There was one additional box, a small one, left over in our main sound room. Adrian pointed it out to us and declared, “Don’t forget about the RS100.” What? What’s an RS100?
The RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker System is the McIntosh experience for any situation. The RS100 is a small black upright box.

 Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

The classic McIntosh cues of shiny black with a glass front and the iconic machined aluminum knobs are front and centre. Set up is easy. The RS100 utilizes DTS Play-Fi – just like the MB50. Only a few minutes are needed.
Push the left knob to activate from stand-by and the McIntosh Logo between the two knobs lights. Above the backlit logo, you will find one iconic McIntosh blue illuminated dB meter displaying the output level although wattage is not indicated. The RS100 looks simplistic – it is the size of a small bookshelf speaker and comes with two knobs and an output meter. And it is more…

 Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

Image by McIntosh Laboratories, edited by Jay @ Audio Excellence

The RS100 has the classic McIntosh sound. There is a copious amount of well-sorted detail and the sound is still fairly laid back and relaxed just on this side of warmth. It plays a little louder than belies the size and a subwoofer can be connected for added slam. For a monophonic speaker, a surprisingly generous amount of soundstage establishes itself in the room. Remove the magnetically attached grill and you will find a small 4” woofer and ¾” tweeter.

The RS100 connects to your network via WIFI or ethernet (with a USB adapter) to access UPNP/DLNA, streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal, internet radio, an auxiliary input. Unlike other non-Play-Fi streaming systems, the RS100 in Critical Listening mode can play natively high-resolution files up to 24-192. Up to 16 RS100 can be on one network and play individually or all-connected. Two can be configured as a pair if you wish to use them in stereo, with up to eight pairs on one network. Every room in your home can now have the gift of McIntosh. Ours is in the front room and ready for your perusal. Come Hear.

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