McIntosh launches MTI100 turntable

The tuntable with it all…. including the price tag

by Andy Bassett Jan 25, 2019 at 10:31 AM

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    McIntosh launches MTI100 turntable
    Has McIntosh provided the ultimate all-in-one solution for vinyl lovers? With a valve preamp, phono preamp and Class D power amp built-in, all you need are those speakers you’ve got lying around.
    Pulling from their wide-ranging portfolio of audio products, McIntosh has added a new turntable to their stable. The MTI100 Integrated Turntable enables vinyl playback, HD music streaming and its high-quality, built-in amplifier, makes it ready to play with existing loudspeakers, effectively providing a complete home audio system for the modern music lover….. and at £7,945, it’s safe to say you will reeeaaally have to lurve your music!

    The MTI100 combines its pre and power amp stages with Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless devices and also includes a wealth of analogue and digital inputs to enable McIntosh audio quality from a wide range of household devices, including CD players, TVs and games consoles.

    The turntable itself can play both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm vinyl records and weighs in at a reassuringly solid 3.18kg. The matching aluminium platter and tonearm (with anti-skate feature) sit atop a 9.5mm-thick piece of glass. This assembly, in turn, sits on top of a 6.35mm-thick metal plate and the combined heft of both the platter and metal plate adds stability and helps resist and absorb noise from external vibrations.

    The belt-drive platter with manual speed-change is driven by an industrial-grade permanent magnet AC-synchronous motor with a two-speed pulley. With this motor, the platter speed is precisely synced to the AC power line’s frequency to deliver precise rotational speeds for playback accuracy.

    The MTI100 comes supplied with a Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet cartridge, whose upgraded stylus and cantilever assembly allow for greater dynamics and improved frequency response.

    All this is driven by a Class D amp rated at 80 watts per channel into 4 Ohms, or 50 watts per channel into 8 Ohms. The main preamplifier section features two 12AX7 vacuum tubes while a separate dedicated phono preamplifier is housed in a custom shielding box that prevents interference or noise from seeping into the signal.

    Feeding signals into this chain are an unbalanced auxiliary input, digital audio coaxial and optical inputs. To combine vintage vinyl with modern playback, music can be streamed via the High Definition Bluetooth 4.2 receiver that ensures that the MTI100 receives the best sound quality possible from the partnered Bluetooth device; an external antenna helps achieve optimal reception and signal quality.

    Pumping the audio signals out are a subwoofer output, stereo speaker outputs, and a headphone jack for late-night and personal listening. This front panel sited headphone jack is powered by McIntosh’s High Drive headphone amplifier, which features increased gain and output power and is optimised for virtually all headphone types.

    Power, volume and input selection can be controlled by either the included remote or via two knobs on the unit. An illuminated McIntosh logo is located in the top glass panel, while a classic McIntosh-styled die-cast aluminium name badge adorns the front of the chassis.

    All-in-one systems can sometimes be seen as inferior to a system lovingly put together from separates but oftentimes creating a product that ‘does it all’ provides maximum flexibility with guaranteed compatibility and there’s also the space saving element for those who don’t have the space for a dedicated listening room. Combine this approach with 70 years of McIntosh engineering and, all of a sudden, many boxes are ticked for many people.

    Orders for the MTI100 (£7,945) can be placed now with authorised McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in January (US) and March 2019 (UK).

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