DESPACIO: Powered by McIntosh Returns in 2018

DESPACIO is a one-of-a-kind sound system and music listening experience. Designed in collaboration with LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, renowned audio technician and recording engineer John Klett, and McIntosh UK distributor Jordan Acoustics, DESPACIO is a statement intended to preserve, promote and celebrate the tradition of pure live music performances.

Murphy and his friends David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs spin vinyl for hours on end during each performance while partygoers dance the night away on a circular dance floor surrounded by 7 custom built speakers - each standing 11 feet (3.3 meters) tall - for a truly immersive sound experience. Powering these speakers and the DJ booth is nearly 50,000 Watts of McIntosh power.

Debuting in 2013, DESPACIO has since traveled to numerous high profile music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Sónar Festival, Coachella, Lovebox Festival and Panorama Festival to name just a few. In March 2018, DESPACIO played 3 shows at the Knockdown Center in New York City and in May it will be at the All Points East Festival in London and in June at the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.

Watch this video from The Vinyl Factory to learn more about DESPACIO.


L-R: Stephen Dewaele, David Dewaele and James Murphy with 1 of the 7 McIntosh powered speakers that makes up DESPACIO.


View of the dance floor from the DJ booth.


The amplifiers that power DESPACIO leaving the McIntosh factory in 2013. Photo by McIntosh.

All photos by Rod Lewis unless noted.