Unplggd often gets pegged as big Macintosh proponents, but we're equally as hyped with news about McIntosh, the legendary audiophile brand, announcing their first standalone setup, the McIntosh MXA60 Integrated Audio System, in a shelf-ready form priced at a fairly reasonable ("reasonable" is subjectively being used here) price of $7,500.
Proudly old school in form, finish and apparent quality, the McIntosh MXA60 is an almost reasonable buy-in into the dangerous world of audiophile components (for reference sake, note the McIntosh Reference System retails for $250,000). Make no mistake, this is a serious audio system in compact form aimed at the set whose interests likely lay outside lossy music formats and most digital downloads. Remember to keep a handkerchief for any drool that may arise upon checking the specs below:
Amplifier and Preamplifier At the core of the MXA60 is a 75 watt per channel, complementary-balanced amplifier. ThermalTrak™ Output Transistors are utilized for improved bias stability and enhanced low level linearity. The McIntosh Power Assurance System: Sentry Monitor fuse-less short circuit protection; Power Guard anti-clipping circuit and peak-reading Wattmeters, insure trouble free operation and low distortion performance over the long term. A hybrid preamplifier with input switching, tone controls, and a host of other user-adjustable parameters is integral to the amplifier chassis. Very low noise solid state input circuitry and a vacuum tubeassisted line stage give the MXA60 the bandwidth and transparency for which McIntosh components are noted.
The CD/SACD player features an all-metal drive mechanism set in a heavy, die-cast base that resists resonance for superior read accuracy while 24-bit, 192 kHz Burr Brown DACS deliver wide dynamic range and extremely low distortion. The MXA60 drive reads SACD, hybrid SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW discs.
A software-controlled, chip-based AM/FM tuner combines outstanding reception capability with remarkable sound quality. A McIntosh RAA2 remote AM antenna module (included) provides dramatically superior AM reception when installed remotely.
Specially designed 2-way loudspeakers, featuring select driver elements and custom cabinetry, achieve an unusually rich and impactful level of performance. High-excursion mid/woofers boast very large motors for low distortion at realistic sound pressure levels. A Â¾" titanium dome tweeter features frequency response to 45 kHz and features a magnetic-fluid cooled voice coil that helps avoid energy-robbing thermal compression. Custom, cast aluminum enclosures are designed to inhibit resonance and provide a tilt option to match the swept stance of the electronics. The loudspeakers are finished in a luxurious, high gloss piano black.
McIntosh MXA60 Specifications:
- 75 Watts/Channel Output
- Two-way Loudspeaker System
- Cast Aluminum Loudspeaker Construction
- Loudspeaker Tilt
- CD/SACD Player
- 24-bit, 192kHz Sampling Burr Brown DAC
- AM/FM Tuner with RBDS Display
- Custom IR Remote Control
- Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Input
- Line Level Output
- Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
- ThermalTrak™ Output Transistors
- Power Guard
- Two line Vacuum Fluorescent Display
- Illuminated Output Watt Meters
- R-Core Power Transformer
- Â¼" Headphone Jack