McIntosh Laboratory has launched a new media streamer – the MB100 Media Bridge. The new streamer takes full advantage of the latest McIntosh technologies and gives users access to web-based music plus digital files from its 1TB hard drive.
The MB100 has four USB inputs, plus an eSata port for the direct connection of external drives. Its high-speed network port offers direct connection to online streaming services including: Pandora®; SiriusXM®; Spotify®; Rhapsody and TuneIn (where available, subscriptions may be required); while additional streaming services may be added in the future. Internet radio stations can also be added as presets.
For integration into existing home audio systems, the MB100 has two analogue and two digital outputs, plus it can be connected via USB to other McIntosh USB-enabled products. Users can also create two independent audio zones when using the USB connection in combination with either the analogue or digital outputs.
The MB100 will automatically synchronise content stored on networked computers and when connected to a monitor or panel, slideshow playback of stored photos is also possible during music replay. Digital content can be backed up to Amazon Cloud Drive or Apple iCloud allowing music to be synchronised across multiple homes or locations. The MB100 can also be configured so that new music purchases from either cloud service can be automatically added to the device’s library.
The MB100 utilises the same eight-channel 32-bit/192kHz DAC as the D100 digital preamp, which is isolated from the motherboard. The operating system and music player are housed on a solid-state hard drive for fast response times, quiet operation and durability. The MB100 can be controlled via an iOS or Android app, a web browser, or a remote control with TV interface.
Frequency response: ±1dB from 2Hz to 22kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%
Rated output voltage: 2.0Vrms unbalanced; 4.0Vrms balanced
4x USB (2 USB 2.0/2 USB 3.0)
1x Network (10/100/1000)
2x Analogue (1x balanced, 1x unbalanced)
1x USB audio (compatible only with McIntosh products that accept USB audio)
1x HDMI (for GUI only)
1x DVI (for GUI only)
1TB internal hard drive (external hard drives connected via USB and eSata)
Embedded Streaming Services:
Pandora®, SiriusXM®, Spotify®, Rhapsody and TuneIn (where available, subscriptions may be required)
44.54cm x 9.8cm x 40.64cm
Weight: 6.1 kg
The MB100 sells for £5,995 and is available now.