You might want to turn on your AC if you haven't already because not only is summer coming, but McIntosh is bringing the heat with its ML1 MkII speaker. Honoring its heritage, McIntosh has reinvented its very first speaker by seamlessly blending vintage aesthetics with cutting-edge, performance-driven speaker technology.
Let's delve into what sets the ML1 MkII apart from the competition. The exterior design is truly breathtaking, evoking a sense of nostalgia when music took center stage. Constructed with meticulously oiled American Walnut solid woods and veneers, the cabinet exudes timeless elegance. Its satin finish perfectly complements the magnetically attached, removable wood grille, adorned with acoustically transparent black knit cloth and a touch of metal trim.
Internally, the ML1 MkII utilizes five distinct speaker drivers to deliver astonishing sound reproduction. It includes a 12" woofer in a sealed enclosure, two 4" lower midrange drivers in a sealed sub-enclosure, a 2" soft dome upper midrange, and a 3/4" Titanium dome tweeter. With its acoustic suspension design enclosure and McIntosh's patented Low Distortion High-Performance Magnetic Circuit Design, the 12" woofer performs exceptionally, providing remarkable bass response that reaches down to an impressive 27Hz, near the lower limit of human hearing. Unlike its predecessor, the ML1 MkII positions its drivers symmetrically, eliminating the need for dedicated left and right speakers, ensuring a flawless installation and a consistent listening experience. The midranges and tweeter are housed on a specially milled transition plate for close proximity, while the speaker's internal cabinet bracing reduces vibrations and creates airtight enclosures, all minimizing distortion for excellent sound reproduction. Its outstanding sound quality covers a wide range of frequencies, eliminating the need for extensive speaker placement adjustments.
The ML1 rose from the ashes with increased power and improved efficiency. Engineered to handle up to 600 Watts, it is designed to deliver thunderous audio that will transport you to a world of sonic bliss. Going into the finer details, this ML1 boasts a custom-built crossover network exclusive to McIntosh. It features self-setting protection devices that safeguard the drivers from potential damage and provides the flexibility to bi-wire or bi-amp according to your preferences. The speaker also incorporates McIntosh's Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts, ensuring a secure attachment of speaker cables.
Projected list price: $12,000 USD
Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 15" (38.1cm) x 42-1/8" (107cm) x 13-3/8" (34cm)
Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D): 20" (50.8cm) x 30-1/8" (76.5cm) x 20" (50.8cm)
Unit Weight: 62 lbs (28.1 kg)
Shipping Weight: 71 lbs (32.2 kg)
The McIntosh ML1 MkII is a masterpiece that combines timeless design, powerful performance, and unparalleled audio quality, making it a must-have for any audiophile seeking an extraordinary listening experience.
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