Audiokarma Featured Sponsor

Go Back Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums > Speakers

We appreciate your help

in keeping this site going.
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-25-2006, 07:26 PM
Tropical Tropical is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 493
The McIntosh XR7 .. How good?

I just bought a pair from a local gentleman after beating many offers from the Northern CA audio gang members The cabinets are in great shape but woofers need refoam. Does Gordon (AK member) have the foams? I like the looks that is why I bought them to replace my Ohm's. Wonder about the sound after refoaming. Can you guys shed me some light?
Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2006, 09:54 PM
dshoaf's Avatar
dshoaf dshoaf is offline
That high voltage buzz
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 8,694
Congratulations on the bidding.

Search in the McIntosh lists here at AK and you'll find references to the speaker and the foam suppliers. This is one of the more satisfying hands-on things you can do yourself to update the speakers.

Also hit Roger Russell's site He was one of the speaker design engineers at Mac. Excellent information. Be prepared to get one of the Mac equalizers you see on Roger's site. They come up on eBay occasionally. The speakers were designed with their use in mind.

Hope that helps.


Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2006, 10:59 AM
GordonW's Avatar
GordonW GordonW is offline
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Marietta/Moultrie GA USA
Posts: 16,577
I don't have enough 12" McIntosh surrounds in stock right now (you'll need FOUR, for the TWO twelve-inch woofers per cabinet), but I just put more of them on the order that's going in at the end of the week.

The 8" are no problem... got plenty of those...

PM me, when you're ready to get 'em... middle of next week, I should have what you need...

As far as sound- I haven't heard the XR7s much, but I have heard the model it replaced, the ML2C, which was similar drivers. OUTSTANDING speaker. Some of the best bass tonality and clarity I've encountered, at any price...


“My definition of too much horsepower is when all four wheels are spinning in every gear.”- Mark Donahue
My AK Gallery Photo Page:
Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2006, 01:07 PM
Tropical Tropical is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 493
Hi David and Gordon,

Thanks so much for the info. I fall in love with these speakers just by the first sight, not yet sound. I never felt the same with any speakers and I have seen many. So I definitely need to refoam them. The speakers are massive compared to my Ohm Walsh 4. I will pose a picture of them side by side. I also stacked 3 JBL's together (4410,4411,4412) and while they are taller they do not give a good impression when I stand next to these Mc's. They are so heavy (135lbs) , real veneer wood and look just so beautiful.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2006, 10:10 PM
Tropical Tropical is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 493
I am finishing my refoaming of the XR7's. Both mid-range drivers are not original but I found one on Ebay. I have couple questions that I hope someone who are familiar with the XR7 can tell me.

1. Does the mid-range have the extra cup as shown? I think this cup come with the non-original driver. Not?

2. One 12-in woofer, when I use a 1.5V D size battery to raise the cone up for ease of refoaming, has its cone moved down instead of up like the other 3 woofers. I already checked the polarity. Is it normal or the factory marked the + sign wrong?

Last edited by Tropical; 03-30-2009 at 12:45 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2006, 10:52 PM
ron-c's Avatar
ron-c ron-c is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: N. Ca.
Posts: 7,798
The cup is factory. if a woofer moves down it probably was rebuilt at one time and is wired backwards. Connect it so it moves out like the other three.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2006, 01:39 PM
Tropical Tropical is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 493
It does look like someone already rebuilt it at one time. Thanks so much for the info Ron.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:20 AM.

Friends of Audiokarma
We appreciate your help in keeping this site going.
Sonic Craft
Parts Express
Audio by Van Alstine
Capacitor World
Meistertech Solutions
Vintage Home Audio
Okki Nokki
Analog Engineering Associates
Wargos Electronics
Organ Donor Parts
Hudson Valley Hi Fi
Sound Stage Direct
Take Five Audio
Parts Connexion
Howard Products
Simply Speakers
Audience AV
The Tube Store
Audio Doctor
RSL Speakers
Many Moons Audio
DeWick Repairs
BOI Audio Works
Yesterday's Audio
MCM Electronics
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
©Copyright 2002-2015, All rights reserved.