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McIntosh MP100 Dedicated Phono Preamp

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  • $ 2,000

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MP100, the first dedicated phono preamp from McIntosh, is designed to help both new and experienced vinyl lovers get the most fidelity, performance, and–most importantly–enjoyment from their albums.

Like all McIntosh products, MP100 is packed with features designed specifically for the vinyl lover, including: moving coil and moving magnet inputs; moving coil and moving magnet adjustable loading (6 settings each); balanced and unbalanced analog outputs; optical, coax and USB digital outputs; and a Mono switch for when playing mono records to decrease noise and play the signal correctly. For pure analog use, the digital outputs can be completely disabled and powered down.

There are many ways to integrate MP100 into your audio system. If you’re new to vinyl and just building your system, it can become the main part of your setup. Or if you already have a system with an older preamp you don’t want to part with, MP100 is an excellent way to add modern phono features. If you’ve got a home theater system and would like to add a turntable, MP100 is an easy way to add full phono preamp capabilities without needing to get a full-sized stereo preamp that would undoubtedly duplicate many of your home theater processor’s features.

While spinning vinyl on a turntable is a great and unique way to enjoy music, there’s no denying the convenience of having digital versions of the albums. When used with a properly configured conversion program, MP100 can “rip” the records to a computer via USB to produce high quality digital files. The digital outputs are fixed at 24-bit/96kHz to capture the full dynamic range of a record while optimizing digital file size. If an album has a very loud section, the clipping indicator will alert you so you can lower the digital output in order to produce a distortion-free recording.

Compact in size at just 3” tall, MP100 has many ageless McIntosh design cues. It shares the same 11.5” narrow chassis design as MXA80 Integrated Audio System​, MHA100 Headphone Amplifier​, and MB50 Streaming Audio Player to help build a cohesive system. It can also easily be added to a system comprised of standard, wider width chassis.


  • Dedicated phono preamp
  • Adjustable moving coil & moving magnet inputs (6 settings each)
  • Balanced & unbalanced analog outputs
  • Coax, optical, and USB digital outputs
  • Rip to computer via USB
  • Digital output clipping indicator
  • Mono switch
  • Narrow chassis
  • Handcrafted at McIntosh's Binghamton, New York factory


  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%
  • Frequency Response: ±0.3 dB from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
  • Maximum Volts Out:
    • Balanced: 16 V
    • Unbalanced: 8 V
  • Input Impedance:
    • Moving Coil: 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 or 1 k ohms; 470 pF
    • Moving Magnet: 47 k ohms; 50, 100, 150, 200, 300 or 400 pF
  • Phono Voltage Gain:
    • Moving Coil: 60 dB
    • Moving Magnet: 40 dB
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio:
    • Moving Coil: 78 dB
    • Moving Magnet: 80 dB
  • Maximum Input Signal:
    • Moving Coil: 8 mV
    • Moving Magnet: 80 mV
  • Sensitivity Phono:
    • Moving Coil: 1 mV
    • Moving Magnet: 10 mV
  • Rated Output:
    • Balanced: 2 V
    • Unbalanced: 1 V
  • Output Impedance:
    • Balanced: 200 ohms 
    • Unbalanced: 100 ohms 
  • Phono Equalization Curves: 1: RIAA
  • Phono Input Moving Coil & Moving Magnet: 1 (adjustable)
  • Balanced Fixed Output: 1 stereo
  • Unbalanced Fixes Output: 1 stereo
  • Digital Coaxial Output: 1
  • Digital Optical Output: 1
  • Digital USB Audio Output: 1
  • Unbalanced Analog Connector Type: Standard
  • Power Control Input: 1
  • Power Control Output: 1
  • Digital Output Sample Rate
    • Optical: PCM - 24-bit/96 kHz
    • Coaxial: PCM - 24-bit/96 kHz
    • USB: PCM - 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Multi-Chassis Or Single: Single
  • Vacuum Tube Or Solid State: Solid state
  • Power Consumption (on): 8w
  • Dimensions: 11.5"w x 3.78125"h x 16.75"d 
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs


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