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Naturally McIntosh recommends its own brand speakers to go with the MTI100 integrated turntable
Naturally McIntosh recommends its own brand speakers to go with the MTI100 integrated turntable
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The belt-drive MTI100 integrated turntable has analog and digital inputs, speaker and subwoofer outputs, and a Bluetooth receiver to stream music to the system from a smartphone
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The belt-drive MTI100 integrated turntable has analog and digital inputs, speaker and subwoofer outputs, and a Bluetooth receiver to stream music to the system from a smartphone
The MTI100 turntable features a built-in power amplifier, tube pre-amp and a shielded phono pre-amp
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The MTI100 turntable features a built-in power amplifier, tube pre-amp and a shielded phono pre-amp
Naturally McIntosh recommends its own brand speakers to go with the MTI100 integrated turntable
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Naturally McIntosh recommends its own brand speakers to go with the MTI100 integrated turntable
The MTI integrated turntable has a 7 lb aluminum platter, a belt drive system that supports 33.3 and 45 rpm spin speeds and a straight tonearm with a Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet cartridge
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The MTI integrated turntable has a 7 lb aluminum platter, a belt drive system that supports 33.3 and 45 rpm spin speeds and a straight tonearm with a Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet cartridge
A vacuum tube pre-amp with two 12AX7 tubes  works with a shielded phono section to "help make your vinyl albums sound their best"
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A vacuum tube pre-amp with two 12AX7 tubes  works with a shielded phono section to "help make your vinyl albums sound their best"
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Vinyl records have been making a steady comeback in recent years, meaning that turntables are once again returning to pride of place in living room music system setups. But some modern hi-fi amplifiers don'thave a dedicated phono input, so listeners would need to buy an extra box to sit inbetween. That can get a little messy. McIntosh Labs has revealed a new turntable that has a phono pre-amp and hi-fi amplifier built in, withglowing tubes up top and Bluetooth streaming cooked in too.

The MTI100 is not a full all-in-one turntable solution, vinyl lovers will still need to cable up external speakers, but it's got pretty much everything else covered.

Its built-in Class D amplifier is rated at 80 W per channel into 4 ohms or 50 W into 8 ohms, and as the warm glow of those tubes suggest, McIntosh has treated the turntable to a vacuum tube pre-amp. The inclusion of a shielded phono pre-amp means that listeners can just cable up some speakers and they're ready to rock. Those who appreciate a little extra help in the lower registers will also welcome the included subwoofer output.

A vacuum tube pre-amp with two 12AX7 tubes  works with a shielded phono section to "help make your vinyl albums sound their best"
A vacuum tube pre-amp with two 12AX7 tubes  works with a shielded phono section to "help make your vinyl albums sound their best"

Analog and digital inputs around back cater for connection to hi-fi hardware (such as a CD player or tuner) or a TV, and a Bluetooth 4.2 receiver means that you can wirelessly stream tunes to the MTI100 for playback through the cabled speakers. Private listening comes courtesy of an integrated headphone jack to the front.

The turntable is a belt drive system that supports 33.3 and 45 rpm spin speeds, has a 7 lb (3.18 kg) machined aluminum platter and a straight anti-skate aluminum tonearm that ends in a Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet cartridge.

The 19.25 x 6.75 x 14 in (48.9 x 17.15 x 35.6 cm), 33.5 lb (15.2 kg) MTI100 is priced at US$6,500, and doesn't come with an included dust cover.

Product page: McIntosh MTI100

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2 comments
f8lee
But...isn't the entire point of the audiophile argument against digital that the analog signal is more "pure"? And doesn't introducing Bluetooth into the chain digitize the signal? So what is gained here, other than a pricey toy with which to impress one's friends?
Signguy
Over six grand for this thing but they don't give you the dust cover?! Piece of plastic worth about twenty bucks?!!