At $6,000 a piece, the ML1 MKII loudspeaker is scheduled to release this July
Introducing a new and improved version of McIntosh’s ML1 from the 1970s, the ML1 MKII loudspeaker has been unveiled by the high-end audio manufacturer. This new loudspeaker consists of five separate speaker builds which features a 12” woofer, two 4” lower midrange drivers, one 2” soft dome upper midrange, and one ¾” titanium dome tweeter.
The McIntosh Labs ML1 MKII loudspeaker is a distinctive loudspeaker where retro design meets modern sound. Along with its compositional elements, the new loudspeaker has wide dispersion capabilities for even sound distribution and can be linked to amplifiers up to 600 Watts.
“While we have been making loudspeakers for over five decades, the ML1 will always be our first and holds a special place in our hearts here at McIntosh,” said McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “We’re incredibly excited to showcase how far the brand has come over the more than half a century with the renewed ML1 and hope our community of listeners will enjoy listening to their favorite sounds on this classic remodel.”
With its oiled American Walnut solid wood cabinets and satin finish veneers, the exterior of the McIntosh Labs ML1 MKII loudspeaker preserves the same beauty as the original ML1. The same wooden crossbeam and black acoustic fabric are used on the detachable grille. Inside, the dual pair of gold-plated binding posts on the cabinet’s rear allow it to be bi-amped or bi-wired.
Each of the loudspeaker’s drivers receives the correct combination of frequencies thanks to a customized crossover network, including the woofer which McIntosh claims can go down as low as 27Hz. According to the manufacturer, the majority of people won’t feel the need to install a subwoofer.
Starting this year in July, authorized McIntosh dealers will retail each speaker for $6,000, or $12,000 for a pair.