MCINTOSH ANNOUNCES MTI100 INTEGRATED TURNTABLE
McIntosh's newly announced MTi100 Integrated Turntable could be the world's most versatile turntable as it features Bluetooth, a built-in amp, digital inputs, speaker, subwoofer and headphone outputs as well as that legendary McIntosh engineering.
The new MTi100 Integrated Turntable that is like no other is a complete home audio system for the modern music lover. It enables vinyl playback, HD music streaming over Bluetooth and even has a high-quality built-in amplifier, making it ready to play with existing loudspeakers.
A genuine one-of-a-kind high-performance device, it's been designed for music lovers who want maximum flexibility at home but don't necessarily have space for a large audio system.
The McIntosh MTI100 is ready to become the hub of your modern high-performance home system. All that is left for you to do is add some speakers for instant high-end sound quality.
The MTI100 plays both 33.3 and 45 rpm vinyl records, includes a power amplifier, a vacuum tube preamplifier section, a shielded phono preamplifier, an unbalanced auxiliary input, digital audio coaxial and optical inputs, a Bluetooth receiver, a subwoofer output, stereo speaker outputs, and a headphone jack.
Weighing in at 3.18kg the machined-aluminium platter and matching machined-aluminium tonearm (with anti-skate feature) sit atop a 9.5mm- thick piece of glass. That's the same glass found in the front panels of McIntosh's larger amplifiers. All of that sits on a custom 6.35mm-thick metal plate that adds stability. The results of that combined heft help resist and absorb noise that could be caused by external vibrations.
An industrial-grade permanent magnet AC-synchronous motor with a two-speed pulley drives the belt-drive platter with manual speed-change. 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 more dynamic punch and improved frequency response.
Amplification and Connectivity
Amplification is Class D and rated at 80 watts per channel into 4 Ohms or 50 watts per channel into 8 Ohms (to drive a pair of speakers). Two 12AX7 vacuum tubes power the main preamplifier section. Additionally, encased in a custom shielded box to mitigate interference or noise seeping into the signal, there is a separate, dedicated phono preamplifier. Together, the vacuum tube preamplifier and shielded phono preamplifier help your vinyl deliver its magic.
To combine vintage vinyl with contemporary playback options, Bluetooth 4.2 ensures that the MTI100 receives the best sound quality possible from the partnering Bluetooth device. The external antenna helps achieve optimal reception and signal quality.
The analogue and digital audio inputs allow external sources to be connected; there is also a subwoofer output. Finally, for personal listening, the front panel features a headphone jack that is powered by McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier. This amp features increased gain and output power and will play nice with virtually all headphone types.
Power, volume and input selection are 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.
Price and Availability
The McIntosh MTI100 is priced at $6,500 and is expected to start shipping this month.
For more information, go to McIntosh.
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