Jeep’s McIntosh audio programs are the sub-$100K automobile audio kings

So, I have been excited to listen to the McIntosh-branded audio system within the new Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer because it was first mentioned again in 2020. I like that traditional McIntosh sound, and having the ability to take pleasure in that sound in a automobile is massively engaging. Nonetheless, deep down, I at all times anxious whether or not the McIntosh MX950 and particularly the MX1375 Reference programs would reside as much as my lofty expectations.

Properly, McIntosh has a fairly severe listening setup right here on the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Present that features each the automotive programs in addition to a six-figure residence system and I simply demoed all of them, and associates, the outcomes are in: They could be the very best automobile audio programs you will get within the sub-$100,000 value vary. They’re actually that good, and I’ll inform you why.

Let’s begin with the MX950, which is on the market within the Grand Cherokee L and the non-grand Wagoneer. It is a 950-watt system with 19 audio system, together with a 10-inch subwoofer, and whereas it is the “base” McIntosh system, it sounds something however. There are a number of visible variations between its purposes within the Grand Cherokee and base Wagoneer, with the previous getting light-up emblems and visual coaxial audio system on the sprint. 

The MX137 Reference system is an easy-to-enjoy powerhouse with tons of nice aesthetic touches.


There’s additionally a small however noticeable distinction in sound, with the smaller, extra barely extra luxe cabin of the up-spec Grand Cherokee L sounding a bit of hotter and richer to my ears. Each purposes are glorious and completely well worth the $1,495 upcharge on the Grand Cherokee L.

The place issues get actually fascinating is with the top-spec MX1375 Reference system within the Grand Wagoneer. This technique steps as much as 23 audio system, a 12-inch powered subwoofer and 1,375 watts of peak energy. The MX1375 sounds correct and crisp, but it surely additionally manages to be extraordinarily simple to take heed to and never fatiguing. These final two are McIntosh hallmarks and arguably extra necessary to me than a technically excellent and correct copy of the music I am listening to.

That listenability is a important trait in the entire programs I like greatest, just like the Mercedes-Benz Burmester system and what’s arguably the king of branded audio programs, the Bentley Naim system. Tthe Jeep McIntosh system completely performs in that class, and I can not wait to get some extra time with my very own set of reference albums to get a extra full image of what it is able to.

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