29 Jun 2016

Three powerful new products from McIntosh

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The new $7000 C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamp The new $7000 C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamp McIntosh

Legendary US audio manufacturer McIntosh has unveiled three new products: the C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the MP100 Phono Preamplifier and the MVP901 Audio Video Player.

The MP100 is the first dedicated phono preamplifier from the company and features Moving Coil and Moving Magnet inputs; Moving Coil and Moving Magnet adjustable loading (6 settings each); balanced and unbalanced analog outputs; optical, coax and USB digital outputs; and a Mono switch for when playing mono records to decrease noise and play the signal correctly. Digital outputs are fixed at 24-bit/96kHz to capture the full dynamic range of a record while optimizing digital file size when ripping material.

The C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamp is an extension of technologies already developed on the previous C2300 and C2500 models, adding an upgraded tube circuitry design and advanced digital audio section to what has gone before. 16 inputs suggest that it can take most things that are thrown at it, and include 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced plus 1 each dedicated Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono inputs on the analogue side of things. Digital inputs consist of 3 optical, 2 coax, 1 USB and 1 McIntosh exclusive MCT connection. It also features three sets of balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs, a 32-bit/384kHz, DSD DAC, and a Headphone Crossfeed Director for those times when you need to keep things personal.

Lastly, the company has also turned its expertise to video with the 4K capable McIntosh MVP901. This Blu-ray player features built in decoding of Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, while it can also pass the latest object-based 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D to the compatible processor. And as you’d expect, CDs, SACDs and DVD-Audio discs can all be played via an 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz DAC that’s used in stereo quad balanced mode to produce high fidelity audio.

Target pricing is $2000 for the MP100, $7000 for the C2600, and $5500 for the MVP901. McIntosh expects to have the units in the shops by August


Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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