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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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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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McIntosh MCT500: New flagship SACD/CD Transport launched

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

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Look ma, no analog outs: The McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport.

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

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Liberty DAC for all from Mytek for $995

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

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Diminutive, full-featured, and affordable. The $995 USD Liberty DAC from Mytek.

What price would you pay to be free from digital-file type constraint? $2,000? $5,000? $10,000?

How about $995 USD?

Mytek Digital’s new Liberty DAC can up-convert to 384K/32bit PCM/DSD256 through it’s ES9018 Sabre chipset, its array of digital inputs (USB2 – Class2, S/PDIF, Toslink/ADAT, AES/EBU) natively handles PCM 192K, and DSD64 DOP, it features digital-volume control (preamp anyone?), balanced (TRS, TRS to XLR) and unbalanced outputs (RCA), and a headphone amplifier (300mA, three watts, single unbalanced headphone jack, 0.1 Ohm impedance).… Read the full article

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McIntosh announce full-range XRT2.1K loudspeaker

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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The McIntosh labs XRT2.1K loudspeaker.

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

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Spending time with Fern & Roby for a factory tour, film, and interviews

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Virginia is for Lovers.

That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me.

The air was muggy, and charged with electricity as the windshield wipers tried to clear the rain from a summer thunderstorm. I was sitting with Christopher Hildebrand, and Sara Moriarty in their station wagon idling at a traffic light; that’s when I noticed the slogan. As I took in the scene of strip malls, and gas stations my mind wandered past the lowland forests in the distance, and the surrounding countryside gave way in the unseeable distance to the rolling Appalachian hills of the Blue Ridge mountains made famous by John Denver so many years before.… Read the full article

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Shinola launches new Canfield Headphone Collection

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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The good people in Detroit at Shinola are keeping very busy indeed. The hand built leather goods, watchmaker, lifestyle products, and high fidelity stereo company has just announced they are entering the headphone market with four new models to choose from in the Canfield Collection.

Following the great success of their Runwell turntable, and  Runwell Bookshelf loudspeakers, Shinola is swinging for the fence once again in the audiophile/lifestyle market with two new over-ear headphones, and two In-Ear Monitors to choose from.… Read the full article

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McIntosh drops 1,200 watt amp: MC1.25KW Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Power.

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

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McIntosh releases tube/solid state hybrid integrated amplifier MA252

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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100 watts strong hybrid integrated.

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.

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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

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Review: Merrill Audio Cara preamplifier

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Capturing the heart one album at a time.

When was the last time your heart was sent racing by the opportunity to audition a preamplifier? Yup, line stages are not the most exciting components. They just sit there, allowing you to select your source, and adjust the volume, right? Yawn.

Yet, when UPS pulled up outside my house with the new Cara preamp from Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, I felt a surge of anticipation. Merrill always seems to make a good sound on the show circuit, and this $3,500 USD unit was priced far below its reference line.… Read the full article

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