McIntosh MR89 AM/FM Radio Released
McIntosh's MR89 AM/FM receiver dials in the brand's style, including backlit meters, for those still ga-ga for radio.
With the MR89, McIntosh is aiming at the more discerning of the 50 million UK adults who, we're told, regularly tune in to the radio (Q1 2022, RAJAR). The McIntosh MR89 AM/FM Tuner is touted as a “thoroughly updated stereo receiver for the modern music lover”.
McIntosh states that the new MR89 benefits from many advancements, including adjustments to sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, harmonic distortion, channel selectivity and stereo separation.
Furthermore, the MR89 also features “exclusive McIntosh radio frequency (RF) circuitry”. This enables it to receive strong FM signals from nearby stations (avoiding the overload and distortion that can plague everyday receivers) while also tuning in weaker FM signals with little to no noise.
For those fussy about radio quality, the MR89's advanced signal-quality monitor displays detailed signal, multipath and noise levels (from the incoming radio signal) so you can fine-tune the optimal placement of the AM or FM antenna - a RAA2 AM antenna is included.
Additionally, the MR89 sports upgraded stereo blending with a 'High Blend' option, whereas the 'Softmute' feature reduces the audio output of lower-quality station inputs. Finally, the 'Highcut' function reduces high-frequency audio content. Also, the MR89 supports FM Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) and displays station and music information. Naturally, an adjustable seek function and the ability to store 20+ preset stations for both AM/FM are also onboard.
As you would expect from a quality audio product, the stereo receiver benefits from balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs, plus digital coaxial and optical outputs for added flexibility when connecting to a wide range of home audio systems.
The MR89 is easily recognisable as a McIntosh product thanks to the backlit pair of 60 dB output meters that show the signal level being delivered from the analogue outputs of each channel; volume is controlled by the preamplifier or integrated amplifier etc. There's also the expected McIntosh black-glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminium end-caps in a stainless-steel chassis.
McIntosh's MR89 will sell for $5,500, with shipping expected to begin in June 2022 (the US and Canada) and the rest of the world shortly after that.
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