It’s CEDIA Expo week and you can bet all the biggest product announcements are going to be rolling in throughout the show’s runtime. Case-in-point, McIntosh just announced the launch of its latest PS2K Powered Subwoofer, which, the company assures potential buyers, is aimed at providing an “unprecedented listening experience.”
Multi-Layered Carbon Fiber Cones for Minimized Distortion
According to McIntosh, the PS2K comes with four 13-inch woofers and utilizes McIntosh’s patented Low Distortion High Performance (LD/HP®) Magnetic Circuit Design, which the company states helps reduce distortion while increasing the driver’s power handling and efficiency. Each woofer is powered by a dedicated 500W Class D amplifier, totaling up to a 2,000W output.
It also weighs a staggering 458 pounds (932 when shipped) and comes with multi-layered carbon fiber cones, which differs from traditional single layer construction. The reason for the latter aspect, McIntosh notes, is that single layer constructions still had the slightest bit of flexibility that could result in some distortion. The new multi-layered carbon fiber cones, meanwhile, are integrated into a joint with a voice coil that are very strong and can resist long extended excursion travel and creates extreme rigidity that forbids unwanted flexing.
Design-wise, the PS2K sports a high black gloss finish, carbon trim, and aluminum base, along with its included glide feet for hard floors and spikes for carpeting.
In addition to its design specs, the PS2K comes with a variety of connection options meant to make the speaker compatible with a broad spectrum of installations. Just from what has been mentioned by McIntosh, the PS2K is compatible with two-channel stereo and multi-channel home theater setups while also offering balanced and unbalanced stereo and subwoofer inputs and outputs.
The PS2K can also be daisy-chained to multiple PS2Ks within a single system and comes with McInstosh Power Guard and Sentry Monitor. Using Power Guard, the sub can make small micro adjustments to prevent harsh sound clipping in real time while Sentry Monitor provides a fuse-less short-circuit protection mechanism if currents exceed safe operating levels.
Availability and Pricing for the McIntosh PS2K
The PS2K Powered Subwoofer will be available at Authorized McIntosh Dealers starting in October 2023 with an MSRP of $50,000 USD. However, if you’re planning to be at CEDIA Expo 2023, the PS2K will be on display at McIntosh’s booth September 7, 2023.
Earlier this year McInotsh alongside Sonus faber teamed up with Wally Yachts to develop marine hi-fi systems for luxury clients. Additionally, McIntosh debuted an exclusive Grateful Dead-themed wireless speaker in honor of the band.
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