MP1100 Phono Preamplifier
The new MP1100 Phono Preamplifier has been designed for vinyl lovers and delivers McIntosh’s most accurate equalisation ever. It utilises four 12AX7A vacuum tubes, with two tubes per channel in a fully balanced configuration, making it McIntosh’s very first fully balanced vacuum tube phono stage.
The MP1100 has three sets of RCA phono inputs, with one set of XLR connectors. All phono inputs allow for adjustment of both resistance (six settings) and capacitance (eight settings). For ease of use, the preamp comes pre-programmed with profiles for Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges as well as McIntosh’s MT10 and MT5 turntables.
Five additional fully customisable profiles are included and these can be assigned to any phono input. RIAA, LP, NAB, AES and 78 analogue equalisation curves are also available, plus two useful built-in analogue filters: a Rumble Filter and a Scratch Filter. Adjustable gain from 40dB to 64dB allows for further customisation, while a mono setting enables proper playback of mono recordings. In addition, there’s a pair of balanced and unbalanced high-level inputs for connecting other sources, and a pair of balanced and unbalanced fixed outputs complete the connections.
In a nod to today’s digitally environment, the MP1100 also has an optical, coaxial and USB output. These are fixed at 24-bit and can be set to either 96kHz or 192kHz. When used with a properly configured conversion program, the USB output can be used to accurately rip vinyl to a computer. McIntosh’s digital output clipping indicator notifies the user when distortion is being recorded to the file, allowing settings to be adjusted to create distortion-free digitised audio.
To combat noise, the MP1100 is a dual-mono design. It can be paired with any preamplifier, integrated amplifier or home theatre processor that includes a volume control. An ideal match is McIntosh’s C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier which also has a dual-mono design; both also share the same polished stainless steel and hairline brushed black Titanium stainless steel chassis to create a cohesive system appearance.
Pricing and availability
Orders are now being accepted for both units with (US) shipping anticipated to begin for D1100 in December and MP1100 in January 2017.
D1100: £8,995; MP1100: £9,995
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About McIntosh Laboratory
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton factory in New York by 130 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic ‘McIntosh Blue’ Watt Meters globally recognised as a symbol of quality audio.
Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the infamous Grateful Dead ‘Wall of Sound’, McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music.