Australian Hi-Fi

Modern-retro marvels


While McIntosh has been making loudspeake­rs since 1970, it isn’t every day that the electronic­s specialist adds a new pair to its range. That’s one reason why the launch of the ML1 MKII at High End is rather exciting. Another is that they are actually modern reinventio­ns of the company’s first model back in 1970, the ML-1C. And if you’re looking for a third, well, have you seen them?

The new ML1 MKII are among the most striking retro-modern speakers that have appeared in recent years — and if you’ve been following the classic speaker resurrecti­on trend of late, you’ll know there have been a lot. Those of you who are familiar with the originals will note the preservati­on of the two-part ba‰e of the oiled American Walnut solid wood cabinets and satin finish veneers, though the cloth grille is not accompanie­d by the ML-1C’s slats this time.

The ML1 MKII also introduce a matching stand with a vintage die-cast aluminium name badge on the base. The biggest changes, however, have been made internally, with McIntosh claiming that a full modern revamp has been undertaken to reflect the sonic standards it holds today. The four-way speaker uses five separate drivers — a 12-inch polypropyl­ene cone woofer in a sealed enclosure; two four-inch lower midrange polypropyl­ene cone drivers in a sealed sub-enclosure; one two-inch soft dome upper midrange driver; and the same 0.75-inch Titanium dome tweeter found in the brand's XR50 standmount­s and XR100 floorstand­ers.

McIntosh says the ML1 MKII can be paired with amplifiers up to 600 watts, and while it promises “similar base response” as the ML-1C, thankfully the new speakers don’t need an equalizer this time — the originals required either the MQ101 or MQ102 equalizer!

As for when you’ll be able to get your hands on these puppies, shipping of the ML1 MKII will commence in July. And the damage they would do to your wallet? $25,990's worth.

For more informatio­n, contact Synergy Audio Visual on (03) 9459 7474 or visit www.synergyaud­

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