With the RS250, McIntosh aims to offer a modern as well as wireless home audio system. Even though the manufacturer calls it a "loudspeaker system" – just like its smaller, also recently introduced sibling RS150 –, it is a powerful hub for any mobile/tablet app as it offers a compatible client for Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast and Roon and also works with Google Assistant. In addition to an Ethernet network connection, a hard power switch is also featured.
Thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 standard with AAC codec, high bit rate, Qualcomm aptX HD and Qualcomm AptX Low Latency – i.e. low delay – a very high transmission quality including high transfer speeds is said to be possible.
The 13.3-kilogram McIntosh system, with its high-quality build, is equipped with 650 watts of total power and two 10x15cm woofers, four 50mm titanium midrange drivers and two 20mm titanium tweeters. With the two blue illuminated, quick-response digital VU meters on the front, it is easy to recognize it as a McIntosh product instantly.
An HDMI/ARC connection is supposed to provide for the best connection to a TV; furthermore, the RS250 offers an optical input and an AUX input via mini-jack, a subwoofer output as well as connections for headphones (6.3mm jack) and turntable (phono MM). The McIntosh RS250, which is available immediately*, measures 63x14.5x32cm and, as a streaming multi-talent, is intended to meet very high demands for living room entertainment. It is available in a high gloss black finish for 3,850 euros*.
*Availability and price for Germany.