McIntosh LS340 Floorstanding Speakers

5/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Bass Reflex Design
  • 1" Tweeter With Beveled Glass Baffle
  • 6 1/2" LD/HP Midrange Driver
  • High Power Handling
  • Wide Dynamic Range


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I have a pair for sale, LS 340. Please call 203 560 0276

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MONKEY HEAD a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a pairr of LS 340's after drooling over them for about a year and a half. Crankintosh speakers don't sell well; Either you like the sound or you don't, I guess.

If you do like the Mac sound and have the coin, these speakers are well worth the money. I got lucjky as I could not afford afford LS 340's new but got a good demo price.

Fit and finsih is whot you would expect for a $5200.00 speaker.

I am using a Onkyo 504 amp, Onkyo 304 pre-amp and a Denon 2900. The cables are bsiac Monster products.

THe honesty and purity of the sound that eminates from these speakers is truly inspiring. Really great stuff. If I upgrade the rest of the compnonets, I suppose I would get better sound but who can say? I currently have a great system and it didn't cost as much as a house.

I would say that McIntosh products are underarted or just plain overlooked becuase it is not the newest thing. I feel sorry for the folks that are missing the fun.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Audio Video



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter_1313 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I am on the market for under $5k speakers. I heard them all: B&W, Vienna Acoustics, Dynaudio, Vandersteen, Thiel, ProAc, etc., in the $3-7k range, well, not all but enough. I currently own Definitive Technology BP-10’s, $1,100 a pair, driven by a Marantz SR-7000 receiver. I felt it was time to upgrade to a true audiophile system. To make the long story short, I was quite discouraged by what I heard. First, it made me appreciate better my current speakers. None of the speakers above sounded really better than mine, and I do now the limitations of the BP-10’s, there is a reason I want to upgrade. I understand how irritating this may sound to a devoted audiophile: how dare I compare Def Tech to those sacred brands? Well, all of them shined in some areas: midrange, or highrange, imaging, etc. The overall sound coming from each of them was disappointing however. Without going into details, here are some impressions: B&W (several models, including 803 and 802): a bit compressed, boxy, flat, there is something wrong with the bass; Vienna Acoustics Beethoven’s ($4.5k): nice, sweet, the big sound is missing; Dynaudios ($3-5-7k): perhaps the worst of all: dry, bright, metallic sound (through a $4k tube preamp and a $4k warm amp!); Vandies ($3.5k): great bass, incredible strings, overall however the sound is “dirty”, too heavy, not listenable; ProAc ($4.5k): OK for a small room, nothing exceptional, fail completely at a higher volume and in bigger room; Thiels: good overall, dynamical, a bit bright and cold, perhaps the best of the group. I prefer richer, warmer midrange.

To all those B&W and Dynaudio fans: What? Do you really like what is coming out of those speakers? Would you still buy them if they were not on the Stereophille list?

And then I heard the McIntosh LS340 ($5k): a bit warm, very rich, dynamical, but most importantly, at least to me: I was in a room full of music. I found myself forgetting that I was actually there auditioning speakers and instead I was enjoying the music. For the first time (except for the Vandies), Clapton’s acoustic guitar in “Unplugged” sounded right, rich, not tiny, vocals were right, etc. As a downside, since I do not believe in perfect speakers, perhaps the imaging suffered a bit compared to the Vienna’s, for example (my $40 computer speakers imagine great as well:=)). I did not know that McIntosh was making speakers before this.

To the skeptics here: yes, I know how the setup can change everything, very often had the chance to compare different speakers in the same room with the same (and really expensive electronics), then in different stores, etc.

I am patient, and will audition some other not so heavily advertised brands. LS340’s however, are speakers that I will consider seriously.

$5,000 is a lot of money for a pair of speakers. For this reason, I would give them 4 stars for value but since nothing that I auditioned in this price range comes ever close, I will give them 5 stars even for value (but again, it is not exactly a bargain).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003




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