McIntosh MB50 network music player launched

High-res music streaming with Play-Fi app control

by hodg100 Feb 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM

  • McIntosh has introduced its CES-launched MB50 network music player to the UK.
    McIntosh’s MB50 standalone streaming audio player has been designed to integrate high-quality Wi-Fi music streaming into a wide range of home audio systems. The MB50 delivers the signature McIntosh sound quality and is based upon DTS Play-Fi technology for wireless audio control and playback over Wi-Fi. Music collections stored on DLNA networked devices can be accessed, controlled and played back using the dedicated Play-Fi app, available for Android and Apple devices, plus Windows desktop systems.

    In addition to accessing networked music collections, the app has built-in support for a variety of music streaming services including: Deezer; KKBox; Pandora; QQMusic; Rhapsody; SiriusXM; Songza; Spotify and TIDAL.

    The MB50 is versatile and can also be used as a preamp. The device offers a wide range of connectivity options, including analogue and digital inputs, balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs, plus two digital outputs.

    With source components connected, the MB50 can stream audio to other DTS Play-Fi devices on the network via ‘Line-In Streaming’, this allows music stored on physical media (and previously limited to playback in just one room, such as CD) to be accessible in any room. For streaming in multiple locations around the home, additional MB50s can be connected to audio systems, with full app control.

    DTS Play-Fi offers benefits over other streaming options and features Critical Listening mode giving native playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files with no down-sampling. Plus, the MB50 supports a wide range of formats, including MP3, M4A, FLAC and WAV files.

    Dual Wi-Fi antennas help to ensure a strong network connection for uninterrupted playback and the MB50 can also be hardwired to networks using a USB-to-Ethernet adapter (not included). The classic black glass front panel, stainless steel chassis and custom-machined brushed-aluminium end-caps offer the manufacturer's usual design ethos.

    The MB50 is available now and priced at £2,750.

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