06.03.2024 | Reviews & Awards
Reviews & Awards

Lyd & Bilde Review McIntosh ML1: A Retro-Inspired Speaker That "Really can do everything"

The McIntosh ML1 Mk II is a modern speaker with a retro design that pays homage to our original ML1 Loudspeaker from the 1970s. It has been received with glowing praise from audiophiles worldwide, including a 5-Star Highly Recommended review from Lyd & Bilde. Giving a rating of Excellent, the reviewer notes that while ML1 Mk II may have been designed as a tribute to our first-ever speaker, “these don’t sound like speakers from the 70s at all.”

McIntosh ML1 Mk II Loudspeaker 5-Star Review

In contrast to its vintage aesthetic, the ML1 Mk II's sound “can play louder and clearer than you think – or dare.” The high-end speaker boasts a four-way construction with a closed cabinet, a design choice that prioritizes sound quality at any volume level. The speaker's impressive frequency range, extending down to 27Hz and up to 45kHz, eliminates the need for a subwoofer. Reviewer Lasse Svendsen notes, "I have rarely heard such dynamics from a speaker of this size. I can play as loud as I dare. The speakers are unwaveringly stable."

Svendsen praises the speaker's ability to handle high volumes without distortion across a variety of music genres. ”They really can do everything."

The review concludes that the McIntosh ML1 Mk II is a top contender in its class, offering a unique blend of retro design, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional sound quality. Its ability to deliver powerful dynamics, deep bass, and an open soundstage sets it apart from other luxury audio equipment on the market. The ML1 Mk II proves to be a worthwhile investment for audiophiles seeking a speaker that can truly do it all.

"If you like the retro design, there is nothing to think about."

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(Excerpts taken from the original review by Lyd & Bilde / March 5, 2024)