McIntosh Unveils Bonkers 2,000-Watt Subwoofer Speaker For $50,000

This insane subwoofer is “designed to create new depths of low frequency that delivers an unprecedented listening experience.”


High-end audio brand McIntosh just dropped a luxury floor speaker that will definitely shake the room—along with your wallet.

The $50,000 PS2K Powered Subwoofer—unveiled today at the home tech-focused CEDIA Expo in Denver—features a high black gloss finish, carbon trim, an aluminum base and ultra-elite audio technology “designed to create new depths of low frequency that delivers an unprecedented listening experience,” according to the brand.

The PS2K Powered Subwoofer boasts four 13-inch woofers using McIntosh’s patented Low Distortion High Performance Magnetic Circuit Design to reduce distortion while increasing the driver’s power handling and efficiency. Each woofer is driven by a 500-watt Class D amplifier, which can unleash a total power output of 2,000 watts.


“The amplifiers are calibrated to minimize distortion and produce clear, tight bass with astonishingly low distortion in even the most expansive listening spaces. Users can now feel the pain and passion in their favorite songs and the nuanced sound effects in the latest blockbuster,” McIntosh gushes in a release touting the speaker, available at authorized McIntosh dealers beginning in October.

“More than just a tool to deepen the bass of sound, the PS2K Powered Subwoofer further pushes the pinnacle of McIntosh craftsmanship with its innovative multi-layer carbon fiber cones,” the brand continues.

“Previously, carbon fiber cones were made from a single layer of carbon fiber that had a bit of flexibility that could negatively impact sound. The new multi-layered carbon fiber cones are now integrated into a joint with a voice coil that are very strong and can resist long extended excursion travel and creates extreme rigidity that forbids unwanted flexing.”


The PS2K also features a variety of connection options that are compatible with a variety of installations, from a two-channel stereo system to a multi-channel home theater setup.

The luxe subwoofer comes with two signature McIntosh protection technologies. The first is Power Guard, created to monitor the audio input signal coming into the amplifiers to make ultra-fast adjustments to prevent harsh sounding clipping.

The second, Sentry Monitor, is a fuseless short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the amplifier’s output stage before the current exceeds reasonably sane operating levels, and automatically resets when operating conditions return to normal.

“McIntosh has always prioritized top of the line sound quality, innovation, versatility, and longevity within its products,” said McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “The PS2K Powered Subwoofer is a true testament to all of the brand’s core principles. We are incredibly excited to see consumers’ reactions as they transform their listening spaces with this premium subwoofer.”