McIntosh launch AV Processor, Streaming Audio Player & Wireless Speakers
High-end purveyors of audio products, McIntosh, are to introduce three new products at this year’s CES: the MX122 A/V Processor, MB50 Streaming Audio Player and RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker.MX122 A/V Processor
The MX122 A/V Processor can serve as the brain centre for an advanced home theatre system for years to come. It features many of the latest breakthroughs in surround sound and object-based 3D audio such as Dolby Atmos, and will be upgradeable to support DTS:X and Auro-3D. Besides 3D audio, existing formats like Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and others are still supported. The MX122 is also fully compatible with modern 4K Ultra HD video sources and can upscale lower resolutions to 4K Ultra HD. A wide assortment of inputs and outputs are included to connect current and future entertainment sources. All HDMI inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 and support High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4K Ultra HD at 50/60Hz, 4:4:4 colour, Rec. 2020 and 3D video pass-through. It can also send select audio and/or video to 2 additional zones within in the house. Users can connect to their online digital music with either the wired or wireless network connections. DSD64 files can be played from flash drives or over the network. Bluetooth and AirPlay connectivity allows for easy streaming from mobile devices. Interfaces to popular streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotifyare included while vTuner connects to 1,000s of internet radio stations. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 will calibrate the MX122 to each home theatre’s unique acoustical properties.
MB50 Streaming Audio Player
The MB50 features DTS Play-Fi technology to give the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play music at home over an existing Wi-Fi network. While utilizing DTS Play-Fi streaming capabilities, the MB50 delivers the usual McIntosh sound quality and performance found in our other home audio products. Simply connect the MB50 to a Wi-Fi network and audio system via the analogue or digital outputs and then stream music to it from the Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app. Besides accessing a personal music library on a mobile device, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services including Deezer, KKBox, Pandora, QQMusic, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Songza, Spotify and TIDAL (list subject to change). If there’s more than one audio system to stream to, just add an MB50 to each and then stream the same music to all systems. Or if there are multiple mobile devices with the app, different music can simultaneously be streamed to each system. Analogue and digital inputs allow for connecting audio components such as CD players, letting the MB50 to act as a mini-preamp.
RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker
The RS100 wireless speaker allows streaming music capabilities to be added to any room. It also features DTS Play-Fi technology. Simply connect it to a Wi-Fi network, install the free Play-Fi Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app and then begin streaming. A single RS100 is all that is needed to start building a wireless speaker system; more can be added over time to expand the system. Up to 16 speakers can be connected to a single Wi-Fi network - enough for stereo playback in 8 separate rooms. With the Play-Fi app installed on multiple devices, each device can stream different music to each room, giving all family members or guests control over what they want to hear in their room. Besides accessing a personal music library, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services, as above. Not limited to just streaming, the RS100 is flexible thanks to its auxiliary input which allows it to be used in non-streaming setups; it can quickly be switched back and forth between the two inputs to accommodate listening preferences. A subwoofer output is also included.
Pricing and Availability
All three products are available to order now from authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping anticipated in January for MX122 and in March for MB50 and RS100. Suggested US retail price for each: MX122: $7,000; MB50: $2,000; RS100: $1,000.
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