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McIntosh XR5 Vintage Speakers With MQ101 Equalizer

Sale price$2,999.00
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Mcintosh Xr5 Vintage Speakers With Mq101 Equalizer

McIntosh XR5 Vintage Speakers With MQ101 Equalizer

Local Pickup from SkyFi in Glen Rock NJ (Minus $400)

SkyFi 479

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Survivor set of XR5's complete with matching (and required to get the most out of these beauties) McIntosh MQ101 equalizer. McIntosh calls this combination an isoplanar radiator loudspeaker system. It's a 4-way design featuring a 12" woofer, 8" lower mid, 1-1/2 upper mid, and two 2-5/8 angled tweeters. These vintage speakers are full range able to produce very low frequencies and a big sound.

Brand background:
Founded in 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Our iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognized as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music.

McIntosh products are designed and handcrafted at our Binghamton, NY factory by our dedicated employees who share a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. Since our inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead "Wall of Sound," McIntosh has not only witnessed history, we have shaped it.

Single owner since new.

Amplifier recommendations:
Both solid state and tube should pair well with this unit. Manufacturer recommends up to 200W.

Room Size Recommendation:
Mid to Large Size Room.

Single set of 5-way binding posts accepting banana and spades. 
Dual set of 5-way binding posts accepting banana and spades.
Triple set of 5-way binding posts accepting banana and spades.

General sound:
Full range warm sound capable of great detail and dynamics.  

Cosmetic condition:
We rated this a 8 with little signs of use and wear. See our detailed rating descriptions here.

Likely the best condition set of vintage McIntosh speakers we've seen to date. Super clean and great color with no fading or stains.

Working condition, Technical Notes:
Working properly, fully tested in our lab and listening room. Bass and mid bass drivers were re-foamed to like new condition.

Speakers, MQ101 EQ, AND the original manual.

Will be packed using our highly developed in-house process and custom packing materials. 

Standard UPS insured with signature confirmation.

Original MSRP:
Approx $599 in 1975.

Crossover frequencies: 250Hz, 1.4kHz, and 7kHz
Impedance: 8 ohms
Output: 89dB @1w/1m
Power rating: 200w
Weight: 76 lb. (Each)

 29-15/16" H, 15" W, and 12" D (Each)

Built in the late 1970's


Link to manual:

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Better

Kimber Summit Series Monocle XL Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best

Kimber Summit Series BiFocal XL Bi-Wire Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best If Applicable 

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better (For use with MQ101 EQ)

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best (For use with MQ101 EQ)

The SkyFi Testing Process for Speakers:
Our speaker evaluation process starts with a visual inspection of all drivers. We are looking for damaged or deteriorating woofer surrounds, dented tweeter domes, and cone damage. We also inspect the speaker connection points for loose or broken connectors.

After the initial visual inspection we connect the speakers to a reference amplifier with our preferred test tracks. With the speakers placed with proper distance we listen to each driver to make sure that they are producing the intended frequencies with no signs of distortion or rattle. During listening tests with test tracks we check for proper stereo imaging and bass response at various listening levels. If there are any audible signs of issues, the speakers are taken to the bench where we perform a frequency sweep to isolate the issue so that it can be resolved by component repair or replacement.



Original Box

Not Included


Yes Included


Not Applicable


Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition (Info Here)

8 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

SKU: 103679
Mcintosh Xr5 Vintage Speakers With Mq101 Equalizer
McIntosh XR5 Vintage Speakers With MQ101 Equalizer Sale price$2,999.00