McIntosh has introduced its new PS2K powered subwoofer, which has four 13-inch woofers and “massive” magnets at its heart, and uses McIntosh’s patented Low Distortion High Performance (LD/HP) Magnetic Circuit Design to significantly reduce distortion while increasing the driver’s power handling and efficiency.
Each of the four woofers is driven by a dedicated 500-Watt Class D amplifier, which deliver a total power output of up to 2,000 Watts. The amplifiers are calibrated to minimize distortion and produce clear, tight bass with low distortion in even expansive listening spaces.
It features multi-layer carbon fiber cones as well. Previously, McIntosh explains, carbon fiber cones were made from a single layer of carbon fiber that had a bit of flexibility that could negatively impact sound. The new multi-layered carbon fiber cones are now integrated into a joint with a voice coil that can resist long extended excursion travel and creates extreme rigidity that forbids unwanted flexing.
“McIntosh has always prioritized top of the line sound quality, innovation, versatility, and longevity within its products,” says McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “The PS2K Powered Subwoofer is a true testament to all of the brand’s core principles. We are incredibly excited to see consumers’ reactions as they transform their listening spaces with this premium subwoofer.”
The PS2K features a variety of connection options that are compatible with virtually any installation. Whether you have a two-channel stereo system or a multi-channel home theatre setup, the PS2K offers balanced and unbalanced stereo inputs and outputs, as well as balanced and unbalanced subwoofer inputs and outputs. Its daisy-chaining abilities allow for further connectivity for users who prefer to use more than one PS2K in a singular system.
The PS2K also comes with Power Guard, a feature created to monitor the audio input signal coming into the amplifiers to make near speed of light adjustments to prevent harsh sounding clipping in real time. There’s also Sentry Monitor, a fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the amplifier’s output stage before the current exceeds safe operating levels and automatically resets when operating conditions return to normal.
The PS2K’s high black gloss finish, carbon trim, and aluminum base, along with its included glide feet for hard floors and spikes for carpeting will be unveiled for the first time at CEDIA Expo.
The McIntosh PS2K Powered Subwoofer will be available at authorized McIntosh dealers starting in October 2023 for an MSRP of US$50,000.