Floor-standing speaker (Gloss Black)
Our take on the McIntosh XR100 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
A modern speaker from a storied audio brand
The first time I ever laid eyes on McIntosh speakers was at a stereo shop in Northern Virginia where I grew up. The salesman there was kind enough to play them for me, but as a high-school kid with limited funds they were way out of my league. Still, I've never forgotten how amazing they looked and sounded. When I found out McIntosh would be partnering with Crutchfield, it instantly took me back to that stereo showroom from long ago.
Although their designs have evolved over the years, the beauty and natural, balanced sound of McIntosh speakers have remained unchanged. The slender XR100 tower exemplifies just how skillfully McIntosh blends traditional craftsmanship with advanced engineering to create a speaker of enormous depth and power that can enhance the look of even the most elegant room like a fine piece of furniture.
The McIntosh XR100's unique midrange/tweeter array delivers spacious, wide-open sound.
11-driver array for exceptional imaging, clarity, and power handling
One look at the XR100 immediately tells you it's something special. For starters, the speaker's upper-frequency drivers are all mounted to a solid, 5/8"-thick machined aluminum baffle for ultra-precise alignment. McIntosh nestles the XR100's 3/4" titanium dome tweeter between ten 2" inverted dome midrange drivers for a smooth, even response pattern with spacious imaging and soundstaging. This large, multiple driver array also provides increased power handling, plus greater dynamic range and output with less distortion than a single, larger diameter midrange driver.
Patented woofers for powerful bass
The XR100's deep, powerful bass comes courtesy of four patented McIntosh 6" LD/HP® (Low Distortion/High Performance) woofers. Compared to conventional woofer designs, these drivers feature an advanced magnetic circuit that significantly reduces distortion while increasing power handling and efficiency. Their rigid, die-cast alloy baskets, four-layer copper voice coils, and polypropylene cones with rubber surrounds act as a near-perfect air piston for fast, articulate bass and superb transient response.
Beautiful inside and out
McIntosh builds each XR100 enclosure with non-parallel internal sides to reduce distortion caused by internal standing waves. Multiple front-to-back and side-to-side braces form a rigid, well-dampened structure that resists performance-robbing vibrations. The cabinets are then completed with premium, real wood veneers with a high-gloss finish for a stylish, modern appearance. McIntosh tops off each speaker with an attractive magnetic grille that features invisible attachments to give the XR100 a clean, streamlined look when you remove it. Plus, this speaker's front-panel McIntosh emblem can be proudly illuminated by connecting the back-panel Power Control input jack to a compatible McIntosh component.
A world-famous audio heritage, made in America
Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh has defined the meaning of high-quality sound reproduction, while setting industry standards for superior performance and reliability. The company is based in Binghamton, New York, where its high-end components and speakers are still individually handcrafted by a team of skilled experts. This uncompromising dedication to quality has made McIntosh one of the most recognized and respected audio manufacturers in the world.
- frequency response: 30-45,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 87 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms nominal, 4 ohms minimum
- recommended power: 75-600 watts
- 3/4" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium-iron-boron alloy magnet
- ten 2" inverted dome midrange drivers with neodymium-iron-boron alloy magnets
- four 6" poly cone woofers with patented LD/HP® (Low Distortion/High Performance) Shorting circuit design for deep, powerful bass
- non-resonant cast driver baskets and rubber surrounds provide precise driver alignment for high-accuracy sound
- solid machined 5/8"-thick aluminum midrange/tweeter baffle for enhanced imaging and appearance
- custom high-current crossover with self-resetting PTC fuses for added speaker protection
- bass reflex (ported) cabinet design
- heavily braced cabinet with non-parallel sides for a rigid, acoustically inert structure with reduced internal standing waves
- two sets of McIntosh custom gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired or bi-amped
- back-lighted front-panel McIntosh logo (requires compatible McIntosh amplifier)
- Power Control input jack supplies power to illuminate front-panel McIntosh logo
- Power Control output jack supplies power for remote turn-on of additional components
- magnetically attached, acoustically transparent cloth grille
- four adjustable stabilizing feet with Glide and Tiptoe attachments for carpeted or hard mounting surfaces
- handcrafted at McIntosh's Binghamton, New York factory
- 8"W x 51"H x 18-1/2"D
- weight: 68.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floorstanding loudspeaker
- 4 Feet
- 4 Glides
- 4 Tiptoes
- 4 Screws
- Owner's Manual
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Features and Specs
|Finish||Real wood veneer|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||2.0|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.0|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||30-45k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
11 Upper Frequency Drivers: McIntosh's XR100 floorstanding speaker utilizes 11 upper-frequency drivers. There is one 0.75" titanium dome tweeter and ten 2" midrange inverted titanium dome drivers. The tweeter and midrange drivers are precisely aligned on the precision machined mounting plate of 0.625" inch thick aluminum. Their unique layout and crossover design combine high power handling with precise sound-staging. Locating the tweeter between the multiple midrange drivers generates a symmetrical polar response for superior imaging. Since the audio power is distributed among all the drivers, each driver does not have to work as hard, resulting in greater power handling capability, dramatic reduction in distortion, and greater dynamic range.
Multiple Midrange Drivers: Eight of the ten midrange drivers reproduce the lower two octaves of midrange, while the remaining two midrange drivers reproduce the upper two octaves of midrange frequencies and are located directly adjacent to the tweeter. This type of design maintains wide dispersion with a stable sound image throughout the upper midrange frequencies. There are several benefits when using multiple Midrange drivers.
- First, there is a substantial increase in power handling capacity far greater than a single larger diameter midrange driver.
- Second, due to mutual acoustic coupling there is an increase in output volume while at the same time a reduction in audible distortion.
Neodymium-Iron-Born Alloy Magnets: The 0.75" tweeter and ten 2" midrange drivers all employ a neodymium-iron-born alloy magnet. Neodymium-iron-boron alloy has the highest flux density per unit of volume. This allows for a smaller physical size driver and thus closer driver-to-driver placement for improved dispersion.
4 Patented LD/HP Woofers: The low frequency section of the XR100 floorstanding loudspeaker consists of four newly designed McIntosh patented LD/HP 6" woofers. These four McIntosh patented LD/HP woofers offer increased power handling and produce incredible deep bass with low distortion. Each woofer features a polypropylene cone with a rubber surround and has a four layer copper voice coil, so it can perform as a near perfect air piston. The rear vent through the magnetic assembly offers improved heat dissipation. The die-cast basket has an open air area under the voice coil/spider assembly to prevent displacement noise. All together these advances in woofer design construction and materials produce the very important first several octaves of music, with a high degree of accuracy and superb transient response.
Precision Crossover Network: The crossover network used in the XR100 loudspeaker is designed to ensure an even frequency response over the entire audible range. The 2nd order designed network utilizes capacitors and inductors with high-current capacity. The Capacitors used are the low loss (ESR) types. The low-loss (DCR) inductor used in each section of the crossover network has been chosen for high linearity, even at high power levels. This prevents distortion of the music at any frequency. The crossover network also utilizes self resetting high current PTC fuses to provide an extra measure of protection.
Bass Port: The McIntosh XR100 floorstanding speaker utilizes a vertical port with a rear opening to increase bass output, reduce distortion and improve the overall efficiency of the loudspeaker.
Real Wood Veneer, Rigid Enclosure: The XR100 loudspeaker enclosure is constructed with non-parallel internal sides to reduce internal standing waves. It has multiple front-to-back and side-to-side internal braces to form a dampened rigid loudspeaker enclosure. The XR100 is available in various real wood veneers with a high gloss polyester finish. Fine gloss wood finishes are offered in Black or Red Walnut. These high-gloss finishes and fine cabinetry will be a welcome addition to even the most elegant homes.
Magnetic Grille: The custom designed molded loudspeaker front grille is covered with a neutral black cloth and is secured to the speaker cabinet using neodymium magnets. The magnetically attached grill exhibits nearly perfect acoustic transparency. The design of the XR100 loudspeaker took into account the acoustic characteristics of the front-panel grille and it should be attached to the loudspeaker for the best sonic performance.
Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The McIntosh XR100 is equipped with dual sets of McIntosh Patented gold-plated, binding-post terminals so you can bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. These binding post terminals will accept large diameter wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), and spade lugs.
- Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
- Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Mounting Feet: The XR100 floorstanding speaker's four mounting must be installed for optimum sound and proper stability. The mounting feet attached to the bottom of the speaker cabinet using the included hardware. You also have your choice of four glides or tiptoes, which screw into the bottom of the mounting feet. The glides are ideal for protecting your tile or hardwood floors, while the tiptoes provide better stability for carpeted floors.
Applications: The McIntosh XR100 floorstanding loudspeaker is sleek and contemporary in appearance while producing full-range audio sound. The XR100 floorstanding loudspeaker is designed for both music and home theater systems, and can fill large rooms with full-bodied sound. Amplifiers from 75 to 600 watts are appropriate power for the XR100 speaker.
Placement: Loudspeaker placement in a room can greatly affect performance. Placement near a wall, corner, or any intersecting surfaces will reinforce or diminish some bass frequencies. Try various locations by listening to music containing continuous bass and finding a location where there is an over all musical balance in the sound and the bass content does not dominate. There should be an unobstructed area in front of the Loudspeaker of at least 30 either side from the center axis for the best performance. The distance between the loudspeakers and the listener to the loudspeakers should form an acute isosceles triangle. If the speakers are too far apart relative to the listener, some imaging can be lost.
Front-Panel Logo Illumination: The even Illumination of the front-panel "McIntosh logo is accomplished by the combination of custom designed light diffusers and extra long-life light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Power Control: The Power Control Input (3.5mm) supplies power to illuminate the XR100's McIntosh Logo, while the Power Control Output (3.5mm) supplies power for remote turn-on of additional Components.
Loudspeaker Protection: The XR100's built-in speaker protection incorporates four automatic resetting solid-state devices in the crossover network. One protects the tweeters, one each for the low and upper midrange drivers and one for the woofers.
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4 questions already asked
Absolutely; and they sound amazing. If you have the wattage to power the speaker (they can handle up to 600 watts), they produce phenomenal sound. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Sep 24, 2016 ] Staff
They are sold individually, yes. You can see what comes in the manufacturer's packaging by clicking the "Details" tab on the product's main webpage. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Feb 27, 2016 ] Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy Mar 13, 2018 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Oct 19, 2017 ] Staff