Audio player loading… To covet both heritage, legacy sound and cutting-edge wireless technology is to navigate a complicated relationship, especially when it comes to Bluetooth speakers and one-box hi-fi system solutions – see the Sonus Faber Omnia as proof that although rare, it has been achieved. On the one hand, I want the easy access to hi-res digital file quality that’s the hallmark of the best wireless speakers . On the other, I want heritage analog warmth and craftsmanship underpinning the ethos – and, ideally, key parts of the aesthetic. Knowing that since 1949, McIntosh Labs has powered some of the most pivotal events in American history (including the 1969 Woodstock Festival) and made some of the most gorgeous, monolithic rock amps I’ve known makes the Binghamton, New York audio specialist a brand I emphatically want in my life. And so, the McIntosh RS150 Wireless Loudspeaker is, for me, the perfect gateway drug, launched in February 2022. For the relatively nominal fee of $1,200 / £1,295 ( relatively , you understand – for reference, the firm’s gorgeous little MHA200 valve headphone amp is about the size of a stack of paperbacks and costs $2,500 / £2,795 / AU$4,995) you can buy into McIntosh Labs’ heritage and… Read full this story
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