If you remember the ML1 loudspeaker from the 1970s, you will love the new McIntosh ML1 MKII. At the core, it is an improved version of the originals that combines modern sound with a vintage design language.
The eternal design of the ML1 MKII has the same oiled American walnut solid wood cabinets. In addition, the exterior features satin finish veneers, which are pretty reminiscent of the originals.
To be exact, the bass response of the McIntosh ML1 MKII is pretty similar to the initial iteration too. But of course, the new speaker has tons of modern features.
For example, you can connect the ML1 MKII with amplifiers that are up to 600 watts without the need for an equalizer.
There are multiple changes on the interior too. The McIntosh ML1 MKII basically has a modern revamp to reflect McIntosh’s present-day high-performance technologies.
To start with, the four-way speaker comes with five separate speaker drivers. They produce a uniform listening area and deliver a redefined music-listening experience.
The package also includes a 12-inch woofer in a sealed enclosure with polypropylene coe. There’s a dust cap that comes with synthetic rubber suspension and can offer low-distortion audio.
The McIntosh ML1 MKII has a pair of 4-inch drivers for the mid-range. Like the woofer, these drivers are in a sealed sub-enclosure with dust caps and polypropylene cones.
On the other hand, for the upper range, the McIntosh ML1 MKII utilizes a 2-inch soft dome upper mid-range.
The tweeter has a 3/4 -inch Titanium dome, which is the same unit found in the XR100 and XR50 speakers.
According to the President of McIntosh, Charlie Randall, “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.”
He further added, “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.”
Other than that, the McIntosh ML1 MKII bundles with a matching stand. On the base, the stand has a vintage die-cast aluminum name badge which looks pretty aesthetically pleasing.
But the stand is not there just for the looks. McIntosh has designed it to optimally elevate and position the speaker.
It has feet on the bottom, which will make things smooth for you when you place the McIntosh ML1 MKII on hard floors. You can also set the loudspeakers directly on the floor if you want to.
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