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.… Read the full article
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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“We were extremely pleased with the attendance and reactions we received last year and have decided to make this an annual event.
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
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
Iconic blue meters. Warm, full, powerful sound. That’s what Mac means to me. This time out, we’re getting treated to an update/upgrade to the monoblock MC601 power amps. Want to hear what 600 watts can do to and with your speakers? Sure you do. Dealers should be seeing them shortly.
Binghamton, NY – February 7, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier.… Read the full article
2017 seems to be the year of McIntosh. The Binghamton, New York-based company has had 65 years of product rollouts, but for 2017 they seem intent on smashing product-release records. Their latest announcement concerns the XRT2.1K loudspeaker which is a line-array design 2.1-metre tower with 81 drivers per cabinet. Yes, you read that correctly – 81 drivers. The four-way, 90dB units ring in at $130,00 USD, and utilizes six 8-inch woofers, two 6.5-inch low-frequency midrange drivers, 28 2-inch upper-frequency midrange drivers and 45 ¾-inch tweeters.… Read the full article
Who wants it, who needs it, and who has got it?
Seems McIntosh Labs is looking to give those power-starved audiophile souls out in the land of bass, and treble a little taste north of 1,000 watts with its MC1.25KW power amplifier. If you’ve got monster speakers, or they just are of the hard-to-drive variety (watts are cheap, right?) then the big blue dial are probably just the medicine to juice those driver arrays. Tipping the scales at 158 lbs, the MC1.25KW is not for lightweights, so make sure you bring a friend to install this behemoth.… Read the full article
Our very own John Stancavage teased the release of this amp last week HERE. Seems like McIntosh is unveiling a new model every month this year. This is a very good thing indeed, as the company already has a fairly healthy depth chart of gear on hand, so adding new ones makes me think the moans of those lamenting the death of high fidelity may start to die down.
This new model, the MA252 is a hybrid design featuring a tubed input stage (and a Moving-Magnet phono stage) running a pair each of 12AX7, and 12AT7 valves with a direct-coupled, solid state output stage providing 100 watts/channel into eight Ohms, and 160 watts into four Ohms.… Read the full article
Hot off their introduction of the MA7200 integrated amplifier, McIntosh Labs is ready to to have a coming-out party for it’s little brother: The MA5300 integrated amplifier. Instead of the MA7200’s 200-watts/Channel, the diminutive direct-coupled MA5300 sports 100-watts/channel, with a smaller chassis, but still featuring many of the advanced technologies of it’s bigger sibling (Eight-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter used in Quad Balanced mode and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz). With a mix of 12 (that’s right 12) digital, and analog inputs, the MA5300 seems to be another one-box solution from the people in Binghampton, New York who made giant separates a staple for audiophiles everywhere.… Read the full article
“Well I’m always on the run… alwaaaaaays on the ruuuuuuunn.” – Lenny Kravitz
I can’t keep up with everything anymore. I’ve accepted it, and despite protestations from my medulla oblongata (read: lizard brain) that I must keep up, (burdened as I am with an Irish work ethic) I’m actually (really, I mean it) becoming OK with not keeping up to the bleeding edge of everything in life. That doesn’t mean I’m not running around constantly.… Read the full article