Simplicity – does your system have it? Do you wish it did? I recall the good old days when my entire playback chain consisted of one box. All I wanted/needed back then was a CD player, and I rambled my way through many of the best available at the time: Sony, Krell, McIntosh, Wadia, Lector, Meridian, Electrocompaniet, Simaudio, Linn, and Esoteric. I routinely gave my vinyl-loving friends a hard time about how many components they needed – table, tonearm, cartridge, stylus, phono stage, etc – and how complex it was to achieve an optimal setup.… Read the full article
It was sun tan lotion, and fresh rain… no wait, tropical flowers. Errr, maybe a whiff of roasting meat on a BBQ mixed in too?
This is what greeted my nose upon disembarking from the plane that had just landed in Honolulu, Hawaii. A pastiche of wonderful aromas that instantly switched my internal gears into chill out mode. I had headed to the island of Oahu in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for some much needed R&R, and to also to get a firsthand whiff of what the remote paradise offered for crate digging alá vinyl, and CD.… Read the full article
The hits keep coming from McIntosh Labs.
Apparently the iconic American high-fidelity company can’t stop itself from launching new products, something you won’t hear any complaints from me about.
The latest announcement from the Binghampton, New York-based manufacturer concerns their new flagship SACD/CD Transport, namely the MCT500 which is an digital-out only player with optical, coaxial, balanced XLR, and McIntosh proprietary MCT connector: no analog out here folks, everything stays in the domain of ones, and zeros.… Read the full article