McIntosh introduced two new preamplifiers at the end of last year. HFX System takes an in-depth look….
D1100 Digital Preamplifier
The D1100 Digital Preamplifier is a reference level stereo preamplifier and digital-to-analog converter (DAC). Its 8-channel, 32-bit DAC is used in Quad Balanced mode with half of it dedicated to the left audio channel and the other half to the right channel. It’s the most advanced DAC McIntosh has ever used and delivers an unprecedented level of performance so that all digital music is reproduced with exceptional accuracy and authenticity.
Nine inputs are included to keep even the largest digital system connected as 3 optical, 3 coaxial plus 1 each of MCT, AES/EBU and USB inputs are onboard. The USB input accepts up to 32-bit/384kHz signals and supports DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz playback. All the other inputs accept up to 24-bit/192kHz. Three sets of balanced and unbalanced stereo outputs connect the D1100 to the rest of the audio system. It can also be connected to and used in tandem with its analog equivalent, the C1100 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier… more
MP1100 Phono Preamplifier
The MP1100 Phono Preamplifier will give vinyl lovers a new level of musical enjoyment and exhilaration. It’s filled to the brim with everything needed to not only play records, but it will also get every last musical note and nuance out of them – including some that may have never been heard before.
The MP1100 is designed first and foremost for analog audio and achieves our most accurate equalization ever. It utilizes four 12AX7A vacuum tubes, with 2 tubes used per channel in a fully balanced configuration – making it our very first fully balanced vacuum tube phono stage. It has 3 sets of RCA phono inputs with XLR connectors also available on 1 of the inputs. All phono inputs allow for adjusting both resistance (6 settings) and capacitance (8 settings). For ease of use, it comes pre-programmed with profiles for Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges as well as the McIntosh MT10 and MT5 turntables. Five additional profiles are included that are fully customizable and can be assigned to any phono input. RIAA, LP, NAB, AES and 78 analog equalization curves are included. Two fairly rare but highly useful analog filters are built-in… more
Available on order from HFX Systems.