Brand: McIntosh

McIntosh - XR50 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

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McIntosh - XR50 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)


Full-Range Performance from a Bookshelf Loudspeaker: McIntosh XR50 Plays Music with Magnificent Clarity, Precision, and Authority

The myth of getting three-dimensional soundstaging and full-spectrum performance from bookshelf loudspeakers becomes a reality with the McIntosh XR50. Producing vastly larger soundfields, greater dynamics, and more powerful responsiveness than their compact size would indicate, XR50 distributes power across all the drivers – a three-quarter-inch titanium dome tweeter and pair of two-inch inverted titanium dome midrange drivers, all comprised of neodymium-iron-boron alloy with the highest flux density per unit of volume – to generate increased power handling and dramatically reduced distortion.

Responsible for what can only be described as surreal bass, XR50's woofer system is even more impressive. Each six-inch woofer features patented LD/HP technology, an advancement that significantly reduces distortion, increases efficiency, and improves control. You'll hear the first several octaves like never before, and enjoy sublime accuracy and transient response.

A rear vent through the magnetic assembly leads to reference-level heat dissipation, while the die-cast basket is arrayed in a fashion that prevents displacement noise. A rigid, four-layer copper voice coil in the polypropylene cone serves as a near-perfect air piston. While XR50 is not cheap, getting such woofer technology – let alone performance – in a speaker of this size borders on miraculous.

Able to play back recordings with their full dynamic range and with stunning clarity, XR50 delivers superior imaging and stellar precision, bringing to life the crucial details, textures, and tones that make music feel emotional, engaging, and lifelike. Designed to be driven without strain by 300W amplifiers, XR50 can be driven by units with 75W ratings. (Please note XR50 has an 81dB sensitivity rating.) Its non-parallel internal sides further contribute to its extraordinary capabilities as either a dedicated two-channel speaker or first-rate surround speaker. McIntosh's custom gold-plated binding posts, a front-panel logo that can illuminate via the Power Control feature on other McIntosh components, and a five-year manufacturer warranty elevate XR50 into its own stratosphere.

An Unparalleled Heritage of Prestigious Craftsmanship

McIntosh has been handmaking world-class audio equipment for more than seven decades. Recognized and revered around the globe, McIntosh continues to set new standards for high-end performance, unstinting reliability, and product longevity. Its storied tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship, pride, and service is shared by only the most iconic American brands. In an era where manufacturing shortcuts and outsourcing are the norm, McIntosh takes a no-compromise approach defined by hands-on workmanship, singular expertise, and an unabated passion for being the best in its field. These rarified characteristics set McIntosh apart. While most audio companies emulate the competition, McIntosh leads by living up to – and exceeding – its own benchmarks. That's the mark of a legend.

Made for Those Who Appreciate Hands-On Artistry

McIntosh's handcrafted ethic predates by more than half a century the handcrafted movement currently re-defining the beer, food, furniture, jewelry, and soap industries. From patrons of farm-to-table restaurants to fans of limited-batch beer, people increasingly realize the importance and superiority of handcrafted goods in their everyday life. Whether it's the exacting detail afforded the PC boards, the meticulous attention paid to the hand-wound transformer coils, or the innovation behind patented Power Guard circuitry, McIntosh shares in the same belief. Rather than cut corners or adhere to mass-produced construction, McIntosh only puts its name on components that deliver paragon experiences by way of their unassailable artistry and precision-minded quality. While McIntosh products don't come cheap, they stand out – and stand the test of time – in a world flooded by homogeneity and inferiority.

Aspire to Own an American Icon

McIntosh amplifiers broadcast President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech and powered the original Woodstock festival. Nearly 29,000 watts of McIntosh power fueled the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound, regarded by many as the finest-sounding concert system ever devised. McIntosh has assisted in the recording of some of history's most celebrated albums, including the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. David Bowie collaborator/noted producer Tony Visconti and Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir are among the countless McIntosh devotees. Thousands of older McIntosh components remain active in systems, having been built to last a lifetime. The history is clear: With McIntosh, you're not only considering today but planning for endless tomorrows. McIntosh is legacy audio you bequeath to future generations. The reason wish lists exists, McIntosh is the dream you aspire to own and, once you do, you cherish forever.

Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Power Rating: 75 to 300 Watts
Frequency Response: 40Hz to 45kHz
Sound Pressure Level, 2.8V/1m: 81dB
Crossover: 500Hz, 8kHz
Driver Specifications
Woofer: 1x 6" Cast Frame, LD/HP®, Poly Cone
Midrange: 2x 2" Inverted Titanium Dome
Tweeter: 1x 3/4" Titanium Dome
System Type: Ported 3-Way Bookshelf
Grille: Black knit cloth, magnetically attached
Dimensions (WHD): 8" x 17" x 11-3/4"
Weight: 19.5 lbs.

User Manual (PDF, 7.4 MB)