Jeep offers McIntosh sound systems in the most elegant three-line offerings

The snootiest audiophiles are known to everyone and love McIntosh’s sound system. Sound fanatics can spend anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars on a McIntosh Laboratories luxury reference sound system. However, not many people do, because outside the sound nobosphere, the McIntosh name is not very well known. How to fix it best? Place more McIntosh audio systems where most people are currently listening to music – in their vehicles.

McIntosh Audio and cars

McIntosh introduced its aftermarket MX406 Audio Control Center with AM / FM tuner and CD player in 1996, a single-DIN main unit capable of powering trunk-mounted amplifiers and speakers that incorporated the McIntosh Blue Meter brand. Then, just around the turn of the millennium, the company rolled out a 200-watt McIntosh Audiophile Sound System as a factory alternative to the third-generation Subaru Legacy, plus a Harley-Davidson motorcycle system. McIntosh later designed a custom-made system for the 2005-2006 Ford GT before retiring from the car stereo industry.

McIntosh Courts Jeep

Hoping that a traditional vehicle audio system would stimulate interest in its home audio products, the McIntosh team purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee, designed and installed a reference audio system in it. When they brought it to Detroit, they also set up a home system and demonstrated it to then-FCA chief Sergio Marchionne, design chief Ralph Gilles, jeep chief Mike Manley and others. Their audience loved it, and an agreement was reached to provide premium sound systems for Jeep’s upcoming Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

McIntosh MX1375 reference entertainment system

Exclusively available on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the MX1375 system comes standard on Obsidian and Series III models or as part of an optional $ 3,995 package on Series II models. These 1,375 watts are distributed across 24 channels to 23 speakers mounted in 16 locations throughout the cabin. Most are coaxial 3.5-inch midrange and 1-inch tweeter, with three placed above the dashboard, one placed high in each back door, with one last pair acting as surround speakers on the back. Then there is a 6×9-inch subwoofer low in each door, four 2-inch ceiling-mounted speakers and a 12-inch dual-coil subwoofer in the cargo area.

McIntosh MX950 entertainment system

Grand Wagoneer’s standard sound system will be available as an option in the Wagoneer Series III (part of a $ 5,495 package) and in top models of the Grand Cherokee L. As the name suggests, this transmits up to 950 watts over 17 channels to 19 speakers in 12 locations throughout the vehicle. Most speaker slots are the same as the MX1375, but this system works without the four ceiling speakers. The speakers in both sets have illuminated McIntosh logos, the volume and adjustment knobs have knurled edges like the home units do, and with both systems, the infotainment screen can display McIntosh’s signature power meters illuminated in blue. (Note that the mid-level Grand Cherokee Ls gets a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, while an unmarked six-speaker lineup serves the lower model lines.)

Home Audio Tech Patented for car use

Two patented technologies borrowed from McIntosh’s home sound system are used to deliver MX1375’s “reference room” quality sound, presenting zero-color music as the artist intended, so that listeners can “hear the room”. The first is LD / HP (Low Distortion / High Performance) technology, which places a secondary copper cap inside the “engine” of the voice coil to focus energy more intensely, thereby reducing distortion while delivering the highest power to produce clean, pristine sound. which is faithful to the original source. The second, called Power Guard, is largely software-based and regulates the instantaneous power levels sent to each speaker to prevent extreme sound peaks from being cut off that can occur and cause distortion.

The MX1375 also includes Adaptive 3D surround sound processing, which allows you to imagine exactly where on an imaginary sound stage in front of you an electric guitar can be placed, while newscasts do not sound like they are in an empty arena. The Jeeps will offer Amazon TV, and the vehicle will faithfully reproduce the original surround sound.

Class D amplifier for MX950

Most amplifiers use transistors as linear amplifiers, but a Class D amplifier uses them as straight electronic switches, which quickly switch back and forth between power supply rails fed by pulse width modulators or similar devices encoding the audio input. This setting blocks high-frequency pulses, and since the transistor pair is never turned on at the same time, they consume very little power. This makes Class D amplifiers extremely efficient when it comes to delivering powerful audio signals with minimal noise.

How does that sound?

We sampled a bunch of different music tracks on the MX1375 system in a Grand Wagoneer Series III parked on the Chicago Auto Show floor and were extremely impressed by the crystal clear clarity of the sound and the spatial placement of vocals and various instruments. We were similarly surprised to notice how none of this deep, full-bodied sound or powerful thumping bass seemed to excite any trim in the early SUV. Particular attention was paid to the types of trim mounts and insulators used on the interior panels. Jeep engineers also took steps to create a low “sound floor” with acoustically laminated glass, active noise reduction and sound-absorbing cushions in the doors to ensure that vehicles sound as good at 120 km / h on a motorway as they do when stationary on a show the floor. If you’re looking for a luxurious three-row SUV and have some audiophile tendencies, you owe it to yourself to bring some favorite tunes to the dealer to listen – then decide if you can afford the home Jeeps McIntosh audio system might make you long.

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