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McIntosh’s first ever dedicated phono stage offers high-res vinyl ‘rips’ via USB
Dedicated turntable amp with digital archiving lands in the UK just in time for the holidays!
20th December 2016, Bournemouth UK: McIntosh’s new MP100, the first dedicated phono preamplifier from the legendary US brand and one featuring USB outputs for high-quality (24-bit) ‘rips’ from vinyl collections, has landed in the UK with McIntosh distributor Jordan Acoustics, just in time for the holiday season (£2,750)
First unveiled in the summer of 2016, McIntosh’s new MP100 phono preamplifier, its first ever dedicated phono stage, has arrived in the UK in time for the holiday season. The new MP100 has been designed to get the best from vinyl collections new and old, by bringing classic McIntosh design qualities to turntable systems and high-res 24-bit recording via USB.
The MP100 is packed with features specifically designed for the vinyl lover. It features both moving coil and moving magnet inputs to cover the full range of turntable cartridges, with both inputs benefitting from adjustable loading (six settings each) to optimise performance. Despite its compact dimensions, the MP100 also features both balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs, plus a ‘mono mode’ switch to decrease noise and correctly process the signal when playing legacy mono recordings.
The MP100 is an excellent way to help introduce turntables into modern audio systems and for existing home theatre systems, the MP100 is an easy and affordable way to add full phono preamp capabilities without deploying a full-sized stereo preamp that duplicates the features of an AVR or home theatre processor.
At just 9.6cm high, the MP100 shares the same 29.2cm narrow chassis design as the MXA70 integrated audio system, MHA100 headphone amp and MB50 streaming audio player, a compact product range that provides the classic McIntosh build and performance hallmarks with a space-saving footprint.
High-resolution digital archiving from vinyl
When used with suitable conversion software, the MP100 can ‘rip’ vinyl to computers via USB to produce high-quality digital files. The digital outputs are fixed at 24-bit/96kHz to capture the full dynamic range of vinyl while optimising the digital file size. The MP100 also features digital output clipping protection, to prevent harsh-sounding distortion being recorded to the file during loud sections in the music. A further two digital outputs, optical and coaxial are also included for additional versatility.
Pricing and availability
The MP100 is available in the UK now priced at £2,750 via Jordan Acoustics 01202 911886 jordanacoustics.co.uk
MP100 here; high-res print-ready on request
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.