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McIntosh MS500 Arrives for Review

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Music servers and server/DAC combos are fast becoming the butter to the bagel of digital music for computer audiophiles who like to eat 12 notes for breakfast.

McIntosh Laboratory MC462 power amplifier

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

It hit me not long ago: I need more Mac in my life! I promptly purchased the current production version of McIntosh Laboratory’s time-honored MC275 tubed amplifier, to mate to the Mac C2300 tubed preamplifier I already owned. The recently reinvigorated debate in these pages comparing solid-state and single-ended tube designs got me to thinking. One thing led to another, and voilà! McIntosh’s latest solid-state stereo amplifier, the MC462 Quad Balanced ($9000), arrived, bolted to a shipping pallet and encased in two big, heavy, nested boxes.… Read the full article

McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

McIntosh has released a surge protection device it calls the McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller (pictured above, click on image for larger view).

The McIntosh MPC500 provides its 240V a.c. mains protection by using three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs), plus voltage monitoring, so the MPC500 will automatically switch off connected devices in a brown-out. The a.c. line is also filtered to prevent against electromagnetic interference. For Ethernet, coaxial, and other low voltage devices the McIntosh MPC500 provides protection via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVSs).… Read the full article

McIntosh MC-611 Monoblocks, Bowers & Wilkins 802D Loudspeakers, Aurender A10 Server

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Despite the challenging acoustics of air-walled conference rooms, retailer Audio Video Interiors produced extremely satisfying sound. True to McIntosh Laboratory’s sonic signature, the company’s C-1100 preamp ($14,000), relatively new 600Wpc MC-611 monoblocks ($15,000/pair), and MPC-1500 line filter ($5500) produced a beautiful, strong midrange and mellow top. On Steven Strauss’s “Old Crow,” for example, the clangy metal of electric guitar took second place to the smoothness of the instrument’s midrange core. Ditto for a recording of a medieval-sounding “Hopper Dance” from an old (as in olde) Telarc Surround Sampler, where deep bass was excellent and the trumpet’s metallic top was muted.

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McIntosh to launch more affordable MPC500 Power Controller

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.

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McIntosh Power Controller Aims to Protect Your Gear

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

McIntosh today introduced a high-end surge-protection system designed to shield up to eight components from potentially damaging power surges caused by lightning strikes.
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McIntosh Announces MPC500 Power Controller

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh Labs is unveiling a new power protection unit, the MPC500. Get that expensive A/V gear covered with surge protection and EMI filtering. Availability = soon, pricing is set at $2,500US. Details after the fold.

Press Release

Binghamton, NY – April 3, 2019 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the MPC500 Power Controller.

Inconsistency in power quality can cause costly damage to electronic devices. Protect that home audio investment with the MPC500 Power Controller.

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McIntosh Embraces Roon

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

All current model McIntosh preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers with digital audio have now achieved ‘Roon Tested’ status including the MA9000 pictured above (click photo for large image).

In addition to all current McIntosh preamps and integrated amplifiers, the McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver; MHA150 Headphone Amplifier; and MXA80 Integrated Audio System have also been approved by Roon.

Roon is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform that offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support and, most importantly, Signal Path display.… Read the full article

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McIntosh Labs: Roon Tested Certification for Eleven Products

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.

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11 McIntosh Amps Receive ‘Roon Tested’ Designation

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Responding to a call from customers, McIntosh has announced that 11 of its integrated amps and preamps have achieved Roon Tested status, meaning they have been profiled and tested by McIntosh and Roon Labs, maker of the music management software favored by audiophiles, to ensure “maximum compatibility.”
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