Published 2021-12-11 - 9:37 am
You may have seen them before, but not in these versions. The McIntosh RS250 and the more compact RS150 have been upgraded with built-in support for even more streaming services. And now they support high-resolution audio up to 24 bit / 192 kHz and have Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD and Chromecast built-in.
The speakers are also Roon Ready, which means that they support playback from a Roon client, where you can gather high-resolution streaming services in a clear user interface.
The larger RS250 is a table speaker with all this built-in, but can also act as a high-end soundbar. It has HDMI with ARC for connection to TV, but also analog inputs, including turntable input, and headphone output.
As you can see from the picture, it also has optical digital input, subwoofer output and connection to wired network via Ethernet. Which one should use if one is going to stream high definition sound.
The RS250 has a total of 650 watts of power, which drives two 4 x 6 inch woofers in a reinforced bass cabinet, two 2 inch midrange and two ¾ inch tweeters.
The smaller RS150 is a mono speaker that can be paired with another stereo sound and has 120 watts of built-in power. Compared to its predecessor RS100, the base unit is a larger 5¼-inch, which plays with a ¾-inch tweeter.
Of course, the speakers have McIntosh’s distinctive power meters and support voice control with Google Assistant.
The new models in the RS series will find their way to selected stores from January 2022.