McIntosh compact AirPlay stereo system


29 Responses to “McIntosh compact AirPlay stereo system”

  1. darladoon says:

    omg i want this

  2. Chesterfield says:

    I would consider this if it didn’t have “McIntosh McAire” written in a giant font across the front. It makes a pretty attractive piece of kit ugly.

  3. s2redux says:

    Real blue meters are expensive!

    Amen to that — they’re getting $1,500 for a freakin’ meter-based clock.

    (That said, the allure of the blue lights is strong…back in ’70, when I was making $3.25 an hour, I couldn’t wait to plunk down $1,200 for a C26 preamp and MC2105 amp. Totally worth it…just don’t read the spec sheet too closely ;-)

    • jerwin says:

      That’s bonkers. I thought the appeal of McIntosh came from insane bits of gear like this.

      The McAire is 25 W, btw.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      That’s about what I paid for my C26 and MC2105, but about 30 years after you. 

      • s2redux says:

        Doesn’t surprise me a bit. In ’74 I loaned my rig to a bluegrass outfit as emergency power for the front man’s monitors; he liked it so much that he kept it…and paid me full price for it. Several years after that, he sold it to his banjo tech…again for the orig price. I lost track of it in the mid ’90s, but I’ve got a feeling it’s still pumping tunes somewhere.

        That sucker can drive 2 ohms all day and not break a sweat; your Silverlines (if you still have ‘em) should be a sweet, easy load for the 2105. Enjoy your rig!

  4. philipbarrett says:

    In 50 years you’ll still be able to get parts & servicing from the manufacturer and if recent price checks are anything to go by, be able to sell it for 10x what you paid for it.

    Try that with your Bose Lifestyle, Samsung, Sony or other system.

  5. Dave Delisle says:

    They couldn’t figure out some way to make this react to audio (like a music visualizer) to move those needles?

  6. IamInnocent says:

    Well-well-well… if this makes me appreciate my music better than my $400 outfit… but but it won’t.


    I’ve owned a lot of Mac gear, tube and solid state.  It was and is very well made and should last several lifetimes.  Yeah, you can buy disposable black plastic box units with the same features for an order of magnitude less $$.  Same with Bang and Olufsen, which is sort of the Apple of the audio realm, except with 90 years of history behind it.

    • Jake0748 says:

       I was wondering if you were going to chime in on this one.  Bottom line question is… would you buy one of these? 

  8. Mr_Smooth says:

    Oh yeah, playing MP3s through 4″ woofers placed 18″ apart!

    I bet this baby sounds 1000 percent better than any $300.00 system.

    • IamInnocent says:

      Actually worse, accordingly to your standards I’d guess: a cheap LG home theatre. I’ve once owned top of the line Spendor, YBA associated to a Naim player. It was good fun

  9. Ladyfingers says:

    It doesn’t really matter that the meters aren’t functional.

    If you’re playing your iTunes-derived MP3s (which I’m assuming since you sprang for AirPlay instead of the rather better DLNA protocol), they’d almost certainly never leave the maximum line anyway.

  10. J Tim Nyberg says:

    in THIS economy?! Who are you kidding?

  11. Halloween_Jack says:

    Fun fact: Apple paid McIntosh Labs a fee (undisclosed) to use the name “Macintosh”, despite Jef Raskin intentionally misspelling the name to avoid a trademark lawsuit:

  12. Lisen says:

    For that price I can buy a B&O system, and it looks a whole lot better than that box.

  13. “For that price I can buy a B&O system” or Alternativley, you could buy a “HiFi”.

  14. David Banks says:

    Does anyone even know if you can stream digital audio over AirPlay that can take full advantage of hardware like that? Doesn’t the wireless compression make those $3k speakers worthless?

    • haineux says:

      Expert explanation: AirPlay streams at either 44.1/16 or 48/16, depending on the receiver. Any audio format you have will be transcoded on the fly.

      Translation for non-audiophiles: AirPlay uses CD-or-better-quality audio streaming — much higher than, say, Bluetooth. Output will be much more affected by the receiver’s electronics and speakers than the AirPlay formatting. Many people say that they cannot tell the difference between AirPlay and quality audio cabling.

  15. Petzl says:

    Macs sure are getting expensive …

  16. Isaac Hamlin says:

    Im pending the preview of the Mcaire it looks awesome cant wait to bump this at my home when peeps are over.

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