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Old 18th June 2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default I heard the $45,000 McIntosh XRT1K

I heard the $45,000 McIntosh XRT1K the other day in NYC.

The bass was full and rich but everything else wasn't impressive. Having so many drivers I thought they would produce an exciting sound but they sounded small and rather bland.

Maybe McIntosh should consider making only subwoofers.

Although I'm not sure, they appear to use 44 of these HiVi 2" drivers.

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No loudspeaker is worth that sort of money! Totally absurd.
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Old 18th June 2015, 03:26 PM   #3
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" Having so many drivers I thought they would produce an exciting sound but they sounded small and rather bland. "

...could have been room too...
(I have not heard these)
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Old 18th June 2015, 03:41 PM   #4
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Gotta one-up you buddy.... I listened to the xrt2k last week.

Half a million when paired with amps and receiver junk....

Honestly the imaging and clarity was only a bit better than my xrt18s. The 18s are amazing.

That being said, the SNR was out of this world, and the clarity was incredible. Detail like guitarist skin on the frets (not the strings). Stuff like that. I was blown away. However, no matter how well these speakers measure, they just don't have depth.

I compared to a pair of magico speakers in the same room on a pair of octave jubilees, and the sound was singularly transporting.

If I had to describe the difference... it was like the xrt2ks (and my xrt18s ) are for criticizing music (cuz you can) and the magico's (like the ones I build) are for enjoying...

You know?
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Old 18th June 2015, 04:31 PM   #5
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bobthedespot, I just looked up the xrt18 and it looks like a much better design (with multiple Philips tweeters that I owned back in the day - which were excellent). I bet they have lots of air and detail.

I also heard a pair of $15,000 B&Ws in the same room that imaged beautifully. That speaker was at least built to a very high level of quality.

I'd like to hear Magico speakers.
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Old 18th June 2015, 04:31 PM   #6
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Seriously? $10 drivers in $50k speakers.
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Old 18th June 2015, 04:53 PM   #7
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Maybe there is a new car that goes with speakers.
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Old 18th June 2015, 05:07 PM   #8
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Looked up the Magico Ultimas and was blown away. I imagine that is what the multi-way horn people aspire to.
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Old 18th June 2015, 05:31 PM   #9
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The magico's I listened to with the jubilee's were SO incredible. Just a transporting experience. - price showed it too. lol

My xrt18s are up for sale if anyone is looking for a pair. I can create a classified, and I can deliver the speakers/meet you half-way to swap within 400 miles or so of the east coast or the Mississippi river....
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Will you be buying the Magicos?
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