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McIntosh MB50 Wireless Streaming Audio Player w/ Wi-Fi and DTS Play-Fi

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Transform your home audio system into a wireless audio system with the MB50 Streaming Audio Player. MB50 features DTS Play-Fi® technology to give you the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play your music at home anyway you want over your existing Wi-Fi network. While utilizing DTS Play-Fi streaming capabilities, MB50 delivers the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance found in McIntosh's other home audio products.

Getting started is simple: just connect MB50 to your audio system and Wi-Fi network, download the Apple or Android​ mobile app (or Windows​ desktop app), and you're ready to stream. Besides accessing your personal music library, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services, including Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, KKBox, Pandora®, QQMusic, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM®, Songza, Spotify®, and TIDAL (subject to change), letting you enjoy your streaming music on any speakers in any room in your house.

Small in comparison to the size of other McIntosh products, "it has the traditional big, bold, beautifully solid McIntosh sound" and could "turn even the most die-hard sceptic of streaming music into a convert... It's smooth, rich, and powerful in its sound and boasts McIntosh’s renowned build quality, making it a joy to own and use." - Hi-Fi World

Have more than one audio system in your home that you’d like to stream to? No problem, just add an MB50 to each and then you can stream the same music to all systems. Or if you have multiple mobile devices running the app, you can simultaneously stream different music to each system. 

"Despite its diminutive stature, it's all McIntosh" with "a musically rewarding character that gets out of its way" and puts the music first. "A flat out steal... recommending the MB50 is the surest bet in some 20 years of reviewing gear." - Tone Audio

Analog outputs for both balanced and unbalanced cables connect the MB50 to your system's amplifier or preamplifier; digital outputs are also included. An analog plus two digital inputs let you connect audio source components, such as CD players or turntables (with appropriate phono preamplifier), to MB50, allowing it to act as a mini-preamp. With source components connected, MB50 can stream their audio to other Play-Fi devices on your network (such as the RS100​) via Line-In Streaming; this allows music stored on physical media and previously limited to playback in just one room in your house to now be accessible in any room.

A big advantage of DTS Play-Fi compared to many other streaming options is that with its Critical Listening mode, native playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files is available with no down-sampling as of January 2017 (update your Play-Fi app to the latest version to utilize this feature). Many common audio formats are compatible with MB50, including .mp3, .m4a, .flac, and .wav files; DLNA is supported. Two Wi-Fi antennas help ensure a strong network connection for smooth playback; MB50 can be hardwired to your network via a USB-to-Ethernet adapter (not included).

"The overall sound is inviting, the perfect antidote to the shrill top-end that people normally associate with wireless digital audio." - Hi-Fi+

The classic black glass front panel, stainless steel chassis, and custom machined aluminum end caps make MB50 an eye-pleasing addition to any audio system. It is sized to perfectly match McIntosh's MXA80 Integrated Audio System and MHA150​ Headphone Amplifier (each sold separately) to make a complete streaming solution.

FEATURES

  • Free Play-Fi app for Apple, Android, and Windows PC
  • Supports Spotify® Connect, Pandora®, Rhapsody, Amazon Prime, TIDAL, SiriusXM, and thousands of free Internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
  • Easy wireless setup using your smartphone, tablet, or PC
  • Plays MP3, M4A, FLAC, and WAV files; sampling rates up to 24-bit / 192kHz
  • Rack-mountable, mirror-finish, stainless steel chassis
  • Hand-crafted at McIntosh's Binghamton, New York factory
  • What's in the Box:
    • MB50 network streaming audio player
    • 6' AC power adapter
    • AC power cord
    • 2 WLAN antennas
    • Remote control
    • Owner's Manual

TECHNICAL SPECS

Electronic Specifications:

  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): 12/6 V RMS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 100dB
  • Output Impedance: Less than 200 ohms (unbalanced and balanced)
  • Dynamic Range: 98dB

Connectivity:

  • Unbalanced Input: Stereo (1)
  • Outputs Unbalanced: Stereo (1)
  • Outputs Balanced: Stereo (1)
  • Digital Coaxial Input: 1
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 1
  • Digital Optical Input: 1
  • Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Digital USB Input: 1 (used for firmware updates and network connection via a special adapter sold separately)
  • Digital USB Audio Output: 0
  • Network Connection: Wireless
  • DVI Output: 0
  • HDMI Output: 0
  • VGA Output: 0
  • ESATA Input: 0

Digital Audio Specifications:

  • Digital Input Format: SPDIF (PCM)
  • Digital Input Sample Rate: Coaxial and optical—44.1kHz to 192kHz, 24-bit
  • Digital Output Format: SPDIF (PCM)
  • Digital Output Sample Rate: Up to 24-bit / 192kHz

Control:

  • Power Control Input: 1
  • Power Control Output: 1
  • Rear Panel Data Input: 0
  • Rear Panel IR Sensor Input: 0

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Weight: 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.5"w (29.2 cm) x 3-1/2"h (8.9 cm) x 15-1/2"d (39.4 cm)

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    WARNING: California Residents - Proposition 65. This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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