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McIn­tosh has re­leased its XRT2.1K four-way line ar­ray loud­speak­ers, a pair of which uses 166 driv­ers be­tween them, in­clud­ing 90 tweet­ers. Each XRT2.1K has six 203-mm bass driv­ers, two 165mm lower-midrange driv­ers, twenty-eight 165mm-di­am­e­ter up­per-midrange driv­ers with cones made of alu­minium/mag­ne­sium and forty-five 19mm­di­am­e­ter metal-dome tweet­ers. The bass and low fre­quency midrange driv­ers use ex­tremely stiff, light­weight cones man­u­fac­tured from a hon­ey­comb ma­te­rial com­prised of car­bon-fi­bre and Nomex, and are said to be of a new de­sign specif­i­cally cre­ated for use in the XRT2.1K. Sys­tem sen­si­tiv­ity is rated at 90dBSPL/w/m.

The up­per-midrange driv­ers and tweet­ers are con­fig­ured as a line ar­ray, a ge­om­e­try that al­ters the rate at which sound pres­sure level drops off with dis­tance, so lis­ten­ers hear the same vol­ume of sound no mat­ter how near or far they’re po­si­tioned from the speak­ers. ‘ The XRT2.1K Loud­speaker rep­re­sents the next evo­lu­tion of McIn­tosh home au­dio speak­ers,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual, which dis­trib­utes McIn­tosh in Aus­tralia. ‘ De­vel­oped from the ex­pe­ri­ence gained from more than 45 years of de­sign­ing loud­speak­ers, the XRT2.1K is a full range sys­tem that pro­vides spa­cious sound re­pro­duc­tion with an un­usu­ally deep sound stage and an even fre­quency re­sponse over the en­tire au­di­ble range.’

McIn­tosh’s XRT2.1K speak­ers stand 2.1 me­tres high and are made us­ing brushed and black alu­minium fin­ished with seven lay­ers of high-gloss pi­ano-black paint. They have sil­vered alu­minium end caps. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual on (03) 9459 7474 or visit the web­site at www.syn­er­gyau­

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