McIntosh launch RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.

Why is that? Because I think either this is your system if you’re living in an urban jungle and the domicile you call home is 650 square-feet, or this is a secondary system for the bedroom, kitchen, TV room – what have you.

The RS200 is a new answer to what the all-in-one hi-fi is morphing into (there are as many configurations as there are manufacturers wooing this niche in the market) in 2019 and beyond.

It uses your iPad, iPhone or smart phone (or Alexa-enabled device, or directly connect a computer via USB Type-B or other source via optical) to stream Qobuz, TIDAL, Amazon Prime Music, SiriusXM, Spotify, iTunes, etc. directly out to its eight drivers (plus a powered subwoofer if you like) via a 650-watt amplifier stage. Wirless protocols like Bluetooth 5.0, Airplay 2, aptX HD, DNLA and DTS Play-Fi are all supported as is audio-only via HDMI for those inclined to position the RS200 under a 70-inch LCD TV – and who wouldn’t be inclined to do so? It also comes with room-EQ adjustment for fine-tuning the sound to your space.

In short, McIntosh has seriously considered the needs of the modern music lover with this all-in-one wireless/wired approach which should see the RS 200 fit nicely into any size room or home for many modern audiophiles – especially those with a wireless bent.

Press release below

McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System.

Delivering room filling sound, the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is McIntosh’s next generation home audio wireless speaker. Designed for a modern streaming lifestyle, it comes packed with virtually everything needed to enjoy music streamed from handheld devices, stored online or a local computer, or played from legacy audio sources.

The RS200 offers 650 Watts of total power that is delivered to 8 drivers consisting of (2) 4” x 6” woofers, (4) 2” midranges and (2) ¾” tweeters. In addition, a subwoofer output is included to connect an external powered subwoofer to further enhance low frequencies. As the RS200 can be placed in a variety of locations with unique sonic characteristics, a 3-position EQ switch allows the EQ to be set based on the specific room and the user’s listening preferences. The RS200 comes loaded with several streaming options, including: Apple® AirPlay® 2; Bluetooth® 5.0 with support for AAC, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD for hi res playback and Qualcomm aptX Low Latency for improved audio transmission speed to deliver sound in sync with visual media; DTS Play-Fi® whole-home wireless audio; and DNLA support.

For non-streaming applications, it has an audio-only HDMI input to connect to TVs that have Audio Return Channel (ARC) capabilities; an optical input to connect TVs without ARC as well as other digital sources; a USB Type-B input to play music from a Macintosh or Windows computer; and a 3.5mm AUX input for connecting analog sources. For enveloping home theater sound, connect a pair of McIntosh Play-Fi compatible RS100 Wireless Speakers (sold separately) to use as surround speakers.

AirPlay 2 is an Apple technology designed to control home audio systems and speakers in any room – with a tap or by just asking Siri – right from an iPhone®, iPad®, HomePod™, or Apple TV®. It offers multiroom audio, Siri voice control, and enhanced playback. The RS200 is also an Amazon Works With Alexa certified product. Simply speak to a third-party Alexa control device to operate the RS200 from any room. (The RS200 does not contain any listening capabilities and relies entirely on an Alexa control device for voice control.)

Play-Fi from DTS has built-in interfaces for many leading streaming services including Amazon Prime Music, Pandora®, Qobuz, SiriusXM®, Spotify® and TIDAL to name just a few. Up to four favorite Play-Fi streaming services can be stored via the preset buttons on the top of the RS200; once configured, quickly play the saved streaming services directly from the cloud without needing a mobile device by simply pressing the preset buttons. Users can also stream audio from wired devices connected to the RS200 to other Play-Fi devices on the same network via Play-Fi Line In Broadcasting. And Play-Fi’s Critical Listening mode allows high resolution audio files to be sent to the RS200 with no transcoding or downsampling. With its space saving design and room filling sound, the RS200 is versatile enough to accommodate the audio needs of nearly any room or lifestyle. While designed for modern streaming, it features classic McIntosh design elements such as a black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, and a pair of fast responding blue Watt meters.

Pricing and Availability

Orders for the RS200 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in February 2019. Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $3,000 USD.

McIntosh Laboratory Inc.
2 Chambers Street - Binghamton, NY 13903-2699

Everclear's picture

Another interesting product in this category is Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar ........ It also does surround sound, including height channels ....... all in one box :-) .........

SoundNYC's picture

I see it has optical but no coaxial input. I would of love to run my Sonos connect through this but prefer to use coaxial. It a short run cable wise maybe 3-4 feet. I was advised that optical was for long runs?

volvic's picture

But I wonder if maybe an SACD/CD option might have also been more beneficial.