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McIntosh XRT1.1K Loudspeaker Launched | Announcement

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I’ve heard the McIntosh line array loudspeakers in a variety of scenarios, and the only thing I can say is that they’re impressive as all hell.

The new offering is the XRT1.1K, which is the slightly scaled-down version of the monster XRT2.1K — that is, it’s a dream speaker might actually fit in your actual home instead of just your dream home.

Pricing is set at $60,000 and availability is immediate.

Get thee to a dealer to get your ears on!… Read the full article

McIntosh MC312 Power Amplifier | New Release

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

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A new great-big amplifier is coming your way from downstate New York. The new McIntosh MC302 is a moderately priced solid-state stereo amplifier with improved performance and some tweaked aesthetics. Need power? 300 watts is a lot of mojo.

But I still feel like a moth drawn to the flame of those blue meters. Hmmm. ZAP.

Authorized retailers should be able to order them now; customer availability is targeted at “October”, which is now, so I’m guessing “real soon”.

MSRP is $7,000.… Read the full article

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McIntosh Labs launch new MS500 Music Streamer and MCD600 SACD/CD Player

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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MS500 Music Streamer

Binghamton, New York is a very busy place based on the number of announcements that come across my desk regarding McIntosh Labs product launches. The most recent salvo fired across the digital frontier from the American high-fidelity icon is the company’s latest SACD/CD player – the MCD600 – and the company’s first foray into new streaming tech with the Linux-based MS500. This is a solid one-two punch for digital-audio, and SACD/CD purists looking to solidify their sources holistically with existing McIntosh preamplifiers, and amplifiers, and for those who were waiting for a computer-audio solution from the big blue meters people.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: McIntosh Labs and YG Acoustics

By | April 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Walking into this room at the Vancouver Audio Festival was a bit like turning the fairy tale Beauty & The Beast into a visual audiophile metaphor. Scoping out the massive McIntosh Labs MC 1.25KW mono blocks quietly hulking between a pair of sleek, black, polished YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 loudspeakers one felt that here was a reserve of untapped sonic power. Being fed a mix of computer audio, and CDs via a McIntosh D1100 Digital Preamplifier, and MCD550 CD/SACD Transport, and sewn-up with several metres of Transparent Audio Opus cabling, this room felt like it deserved your respect.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Klipsch Heritage pairs with McIntosh for vintage vibe

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Time travellers.

I can remember seeing my first pair of Klipschorns many years ago, and being entranced by their majesty, their size, their build quality, and most importantly their sound. A sound which seemed to be calling across oceans of time from an era when immediacy, speed, and tone were heralded as the gods of high fidelity, and seven watts of 300B amplification would get you wherever you wanted to go.

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MA 252 by McIntosh Labs.

Fast forward to this past weekend at the Vancouver Audio Festival here in Vancouver which was hosted by Hi-Fi Centre, and there, once again, I found myself facing a pair of Klipsch loudspeakers, albeit in the form of a pair of Heresy IIIs being fed from a McIntosh Labs MA 252 integrated hybrid vacuum-tube preamplifier/solid-state power amplifier with 100 watts/8 Ohms.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Saturday sunshine crowds ’em in

By | April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Through the looking glass with Gryphon.

What a difference a day makes.

In the weather at least, because despite going from a torrential downpour to blazing sunshine, and blue skies, there was no difference in the turnout at the Vancouver Audio Festival. Saturday’s dawn broke with yellow rays of warmth slanting through my bedroom blinds, and a smile that spread slowly across my face as I became secure in the knowledge that the onslaught of greyness that has plagued the Wet Coast this spring seemed to finally be at an end.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Shelter from the storm on Opening Night

By | April 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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McIntosh Labs and YG Acoustics.

First the rain came straight down. Then the rain came sideways. Then it seemed to be coming up at me from the ground as I ran from a coffee shop to make my way to Hi-Fi Centre for the opening of the Vancouver Audio Festival late Friday afternoon. I was reminded of a scene in Forrest Gump where he describes similar rain experiences in Vietnam during his time in the war, and I was silently thankful to be taking shelter from the storm in warm, and cozy environs with like-minded audiophiles.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018 kicks off this Friday

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming up fast…

Time is rapidly approaching for Vancouver-area audiophiles to get their sonic freak on with Hi-fi Centre  once again hosting the Vancouver Audio Festival which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This year, Hi-Fi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky has helped to curate 10 demonstration areas featuring bleeding-edge high-fidelity equipment legends like Devialet, Focal, Naim, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, Clearaudio, and YG Acoustics to name but a few.

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Vancouver Audio Festival returns April 20-21st at Hifi Centre

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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April 20th, to 21st: Vancouver Audio Festival

Hi-fi Centre is playing host once again to the Vancouver Audio Festival from April 20th, to 21st. This is the second time the downtown dealer has stepped into the void left by the cancellation of the Vancouver Audio Show by Chester Group. Owner Igor Kivritsky said it was a “no-brainer” after a successful trial run in 2017.

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The new Focal Kanta will be featured.

“We were extremely pleased with the attendance and reactions we received last year and have decided to make this an annual event. 

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McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable to join MT5, and MT10 models

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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The brand new McIntosh Labs MT2.

I opened the McIntosh Labs email with trepidation this week as I’ve begun to fear whiplash from the speed of product development pouring forth from the hallowed halls of the Binghamton, New York-based high fidelity manufacture. The company is going through a renaissance recently with intense research & development into updates of not only time-tested models in its very deep lineup, but brand new model launches. Take the MT2 Precision Turntable, nicely slotted-in to the entry level of the company’s ‘table lineup which currently sports the MT5, and MT10 models.… Read the full article

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