The RS100 wireless is a great first piece to introduce yourself to McIntosh’s legendary sound quality and performance standards. For those who love the sleek appearance of McIntosh gear but prefer a seamless, whole-house audio system controlled by a mobile device, McIntosh has an answer. Audiophiles and casual music listeners alike have praised American-made McIntosh products for decades for their honest presentation of music. Sound & Image share this praise. The RS100 speaker is feature rich, allowing connection of up to 16 individual RS100s across the home via Wi-Fi. The accompanying software allows users to connect to a personal music library or online streaming service, and play back using the new DTS Play-Fi for lossless sound reproduction. The RS100 has no trouble interfacing with Apple or Android phones, and even works with Windows desktops.
Press Release from McIntosh –
RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker The RS100 wireless speaker allows streaming music capabilities to be added to any room. It features DTS Play-Fi® technology that gives the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play the music on mobile devices over an existing Wi-Fi network. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi network, install the free Play-Fi Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app and then begin streaming. A single RS100 is all that is needed to start building a wireless speaker system; more can be added over time to expand the system. Up to 16 speakers can be connected to a single Wi-Fi network – enough for stereo playback in 8 separate rooms. With the Play-Fi app installed on multiple devices, each device can stream different music to each room, giving all family members or guests control over what they want to hear in their room. Besides accessing a personal music library, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services including Deezer, KKBox, Pandora®, QQMusic, Rhapsody, SiriusXM®, Songza, Spotify® and TIDAL (list subject to change). Not limited to just streaming, the RS100 is flexible thanks to its auxiliary input which allows it to be used in non-streaming setups; it can quickly be switched back and forth between the two inputs to accommodate listening preferences. A subwoofer output is also included.
T3, a leading magazine and website devoted to all things tech, calls the RS100 a class act. “The power is immense yet open and controlled. The clarity is spot-on. The level of bass is where it ought to be, and the balance between the top frequencies and the bottom is unbelievably sweet.”