McIntosh Announces MAC7200 Receiver and MA7200 Integrated Amplifier

McIntosh is proud to announce the MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver.

MAC7200 Receiver (available worldwide)

The MAC7200 Receiver builds upon the MA7200 Integrated Amplifier by adding a built-in AM/FM Tuner. McIntosh has been making tuners since the 1950s and they are one of our hallmarks, with the groundbreaking MR78 model from 1972 considered an all-time classic in the audio industry. The built-in AM/FM tuner in the MAC7200 Receiver comes from that same illustrious line of McIntosh tuners and will pick up radio stations with unparalleled clarity and a realism that is free from noise and distortion. Its advanced signal quality monitor can display the multipath and noise levels of the incoming RF signal to help fine tune antenna placement for optimal reception. Dedicated PRESET and TUNING knobs enable easy radio operation. The FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS) support, allowing it to display optional information sent by radio stations such as the station’s name and call letters as well as the name of the artist and song being played. It features 20 presets for each radio band as well as a remote AM antenna. The MAC7200 is available worldwide.

Suggested retail price MAC7200 (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $7,000 USD. (source)

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MA7200 Integrated Amplifier (available exclusively for countries outside the US and Canada)

Offering 200 Watts per channel and 14 total inputs, the space-saving MA7200 Integrated Amplifier can easily become the core of a 2-channel home audio system. Making up its 14 inputs are 8 analog connections (5 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet) along with 6 digital (2 each of coaxial and optical plus 1 US B and 1 proprietary MCT for use with our series of SACD/CD Transports). The digital inputs are housed in our DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can easily be replaced by future modules to keep the MA7200 current with the latest digital audio technologies. The DA1 comes with an 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. The USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz for high-resolution audio playback.The MA7200 is part of our line of next generation integrated amplifiers and features many design improvements including new, more powerful control microprocessors; some of the latest audio-grade circuit components; and the addition of our Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. The MA7200 is full of other McIntosh technologies including Autoformers to deliver the full 200 Watts to each of your speakers regardless of their impedance, Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, Home Theater PassThru, Monogrammed Heatsinks™, bass and treble tone controls, High Drive headphone amplifier and gold-plated speaker binding posts. The MA7200 is available exclusively for countries outside the US and Canada.

Suggested retail price MA7200 (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): Please contact the McIntosh distributor in your country for local pricing. (source)

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Pricing and AvailabilityMA7200 is available exclusively for countries outside the US and Canada while MAC7200 is available worldwide. Orders for both can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in September.

NAD Electronics Announces T 777 V3 Surround Sound Receiver

NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, is updating and upgrading the performance of its T 777 with a new model dubbed T 777 V3. The high-performance surround sound receiver will now come packed with the latest audio and video technologies, including Dolby Atmos surround decoding and 4K UltraHD (60p/4:4:4) video pass-through letting you enjoy every moment and detail of your favorite movies, music, and entertainment. Maintaining similar pricing as its predecessor ($2499 U.S. MSRP) the T 777 V3 will start shipping in October.

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Designed with NAD’s legendary full disclosure approach to power ratings, the T 777 V3 features 80 watts of true power per seven channels and fills the room with rich cinematic sound. With built-in BluOS® technology, the T 777 V3 is part of the BluOS wireless multi-room ecosystem that allows you to stream hi-res audio, Internet radio, and popular music streaming services to your receiver with the control of a smartphone, tablet or desktop. 

As with all NAD components, the company’s latest offering continues their 'simple is better' design philosophy. This sensible approach contributes to ease of use and maximizes performance where it counts. The T777 V3 features NAD’s legendary sound quality along with complete compatibility with all the latest features and formats to ensure lifelike music and movie enjoyment.

Most A/V receivers available on the market today focus predominantly on the Video and Surround Sound aspects, leaving audio circuitry almost as an afterthought. NAD firmly believes that there are many people for whom music will always come first. With NAD’s reputation for high value/high performance, it was obvious that the T 777 V3 would have to please the most demanding Audiophiles and Videophiles.

“NAD carefully evaluates how customers use our products and only includes the features that are essential for great audio and video performance,” commented Greg Stidsen Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. “In addition, our Modular Design Construction feature offers the real benefit of being able to add new technologies as they become available, greatly enhancing the value proposition. With the T777 V3, we are excited to add key features such as Dolby Atmos, 4K UHD Video and BluOS music streaming while providing the best possible sound quality.”  (source)

Key Features of the NAD T 777 V3: 

  • Dolby Atmos built in
  • 4K UHD Video built in
  • BluOS high-res multi-room audio built in
  • Modular Design Construction (MDC) offers ability to upgrade to future digital formats when available
  • Legendary NAD sound combined with latest audio formats
  • Simple user interface, AV presets and inputs can be renamed 
  • NAD Speaker iQ for easy accurate speaker setup and auto software updates
  • Complete with Dirac Live Room Correction software delivers optimized sound quality

NAD Electronics Announces T 758 V3 Surround Sound Receiver

NAD Electronics is updating and upgrading the performance of its T 758 with the new generation T 758 V3. The affordable surround sound receiver will now come ready with Dolby Atmos, BluOS® high-res multi-room audio and 4K UHD Video, all built-in. Maintaining similar pricing as its predecessor ($1299 U.S. MSRP) the T 758 V3 is now shipping.

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As with all NAD components, the company’s latest offering continues their 'simple is better' design philosophy. This sensible approach contributes to ease of use and maximizes performance where it counts. The T 758 V3 features NAD’s legendary sound quality and complete compatibility with all the latest features and formats to ensure lifelike music and movie enjoyment.

Most A/V receivers available on the market today focus predominantly on the Video and Surround Sound aspects, leaving audio circuitry almost as an afterthought. NAD firmly believes that there are many people for whom music will always come first. With NAD’s reputation for high value/high performance, it was obvious that the T 758 V3 would have to please audiophiles and home theatre enthusiasts alike.

“NAD carefully evaluates how customers use our products and only includes the features that are essential for great audio and video performance,” commented Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. “In addition, our Modular Design Construction feature offers the real benefit of being able to add new technologies as they become available, greatly enhancing the value proposition. With the T 758 V3, we are excited to add key features such as Dolby Atmos, 4K UHD Video and BluOS music streaming.” (source)

Key Features of the NAD T 758 V3: 

  • Dolby Atmos built in
  • 4K UHD Video built in
  • BluOS high-res multi-room audio built in
  • Modular Design Construction (MDC) offers ability to upgrade to future digital formats when available
  • Legendary NAD sound combined with latest audio formats
  • Simple user interface, AV presets and inputs can be renamed 
  • NAD Speaker iQ for easy accurate speaker setup and auto software updates
  • Complete with Dirac Live Room Correction software delivers optimized sound quality 
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Beats Electronics Announces Studio 3 Wireless Headphones With Apple W1 Chip

Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats), the leading global premium headphone brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, today unveils the new Beats Studio3 Wireless. With a host of powerful features and capabilities, Beats Studio3 Wireless brings the best audio experience to the noise-canceling headphone market. 

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Introduced in 2008 as the brand’s first product, the original Beats Studio disrupted the industry and made premium over-ear headphones a popular tech necessity for people around the world. Now with Beats’ newest offering, you can enjoy everyday activities with the new and proprietary Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) technology so you hear more of what you want and less of what’s around you. Beats Studio3 Wireless has the Apple W1 chip, which means you also get proximity pairing, seamless switching between Apple devices, industry-leading Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity, exceptional battery life and Fast Fuel charging.

“Beats Studio3 delivers with a level of sophistication in both technology and audio fidelity beyond anything we’ve ever brought to market," said Luke Wood, president of Beats by Dr. Dre. “Since our brand’s inception, we’ve strived to fix the degradation of sound heightened by the commodification of consumer electronics. Now with the right vision, team and resources, we see technology enabling the perfect sound experience in Studio3.”

It’s the much-lauded designs of the Studio headphones that make them the canvas of choice for some of the world’s most celebrated creative designers and artists. To date, these headphones have inspired new and exciting collaborations from Alexander Wang, MCM, Snarkitecture and most recently Balmain. 

Beats Studio3 Wireless maintains the sleek design of Beats Studio Wireless, while featuring redesigned acoustic components and an upgraded manufacturing process for premium ergonomic comfort and optimal noise isolation. With a brand new internal DNA, Beats Studio3 Wireless unlocks the full potential of its acoustic design. It all starts with the integrated Apple W1 chip, which enables a multitude of industry-leading features in Beats Studio3 Wireless:

It provides the easiest one-step Bluetooth connection to iPhone via proximity pairing. Additionally, iPhone users can switch between devices logged into the same iCloud account to easily move from an iPhone conversation to watching a movie on your MacBook.*

The efficiency of the Apple W1 chip also provides nearly double the battery life of Beats Studio3’s predecessor, totaling 22 hours of wireless playback with Pure ANC on, while delivering exceptional sound quality. By turning Pure ANC off directly from the earcup, you get up to an incredible 40 hours of nonstop playback in low power mode without sacrificing audio quality. Run out of juice? No problem. Fast Fuel gives you up to 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charging via the included Micro-USB cable. 

Class 1 Bluetooth provides optimal connectivity so you get fewer drop-outs and extended range from your iOS or Android device. Multi-function on-ear controls and a built-in microphone allow you to make calls, skip songs, control your volume and activate Siri without ever having to take off your headphones or reach for your device.

Beats Studio3 Wireless brings to market the remarkably unique Pure ANC. This groundbreaking new technology uses advanced algorithms to continuously monitor your listening environment, so that it can best block out ambient noise—not only on an airplane, but also in a noisy café or a busy office. Pure ANC also evaluates fit and adjusts for leakage caused by hair, glasses, different ear shapes and movement of your head as you go about the day. Additionally, Pure ANC simultaneously checks what you’re hearing while noise canceling is applied against the original music content to adjust and ensure optimal audio fidelity. What’s remarkable is that Pure ANC’s real-time audio calibration operates up to 50,000 times a second. All of this is happening automatically while still achieving a 22-hour battery life, which is only possible with the power and efficiency of the Apple W1 chip.**

Beats Studio3 Wireless takes on a more sophisticated look with a new range of colors: Matte Black, White, Blue and Red as well as special edition colors Porcelain Rose and Shadow Gray.

Available for purchase starting today for $349.95 (US) at Apple.com. (source)

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beyerdynamic Announces Aventho Wireless Headphones

Make it yours: following this motto, beyerdynamic is transforming the sound of its headphones into a completely customized experience. Because individual sound preferences are not only about taste; on the contrary: audiology research confirms that the way people hear is as varied as people themselves. In order to create a “tailor-made suit for the ears”, beyerdynamic is working together with Mimi Hearing Technologies. Mimi’s sound customization technology allows for the creation of a personal listening profile tailored to a set of beyerdynamic headphones. This profile is based on the soundcheck in the “Make it yours” (MIY) app and then uploaded directly to the headphones. Your favorite music never sounded so perfect: a new era for completely customized listening. This groundbreaking sound customization will celebrate its debut in the new, high-end Aventho wireless headphones live at IFA 2017. (source)

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Technical data:

  • Transducer type: Dynamic, Tesla
  • Operating principle: Closed
  • Frequency response: 10 – 40,000 Hz (cabled use)
  • Nominal impedance: 32 ohms
  • Transmission: Bluetooth
  • Codecs: aptXTM HD, aptXTM, AAC, SBC
  • Transmission rate: 48 kHz / 24 Bit
  • Remote control & microphone: Touchpad integrated into right ear cup; also includes a hands-free microphone
  • Sound coupling to the ear: On-ear
  • Playing time: More than 20 h
  • Weight (without cable): 240 g
  • Supplied accessories: 1.2 m detachable 3.5 mm jack plug connecting cable, charging cable: USB-A to USB-C, soft case, quick start guide
  • Recommended retail price: 449 Euro
     
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Sonus faber Releases Olympica III in Wenge Finish

Sonus faber, the Italian audio-manufacturer has released its highly acclaimed Olympica III loudspeaker in a unique Wenge finish.  The three-way floor-standing speaker boasts the historic Sonus faber sound quality, as the products are designed as musical instruments and entirely produced in Italy.  The Olympica III loudspeaker in Wenge brings a deep color to the wood finish, contrasting with the leather detailing and bringing the speaker’s sleek shape to life.

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Sonus faber created a family of speakers rich in contents but also evocative of visual and tactile emotions that always characterized its production. Thus, wood, leather and timeless craftsmanship, values of careful and passionate production, able to make anyone understand the sincere love for their work and Music. The Sonus faber Olympica collection is made up of four passive loudspeakers aesthetically characterized by the use of two iconic Sonus faber noble materials, walnut wood and natural leather. With this project Sonus faber has been able, with great balance, to unite its quintessential style with the introduction of significant elements of technological innovation, therefore combining modernity with the classic stylistic canons of Sonus faber. The Sonus faber Olympica collection also represents the desire of Sonus faber to offer its clients a range of models so that everyone can  find the right solution in terms of use (two channel or home theatre) and in terms of space (bookshelf or  floor-standing in various dimensions) always insuring the historic Sonus faber quality in relation to implemented materials, design features, performance, and of course the exclusive charm of a speaker designed as a musical instrument and entirely produced in Italy. (source)

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McIntosh Introduces MCT80 SACD/CD Transport

McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MCT80 SACD/CD Transport.

Enjoy your CDs all over again with the MCT80 SACD/CD Transport. The MCT80 has been designed to perfectly match the size of our MXA80 Integrated Audio System, MHA150 Headphone Amplifier, MB50 Streaming Audio Player and MP100 Phono Preamplifier (each sold separately) to make a comprehensive yet compact audio system. 

The MCT80 includes 3 digital-only outputs in the form of 1 coax and 1 optical connector along with 1 of our proprietary MCT connectors. The MCT output offers a secure DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio on SACDs. To take advantage of the MCT80’s unique SACD capabilities, it must be used with select McIntosh models that have an MCT input – which currently includes the aforementioned MXA80 and MHA150, plus the D1100, C52, C2600, C47 and D150 Preamplifiers as well as the MA9000 and MA8900 Integrated Amplifiers. The coax and optical outputs support CD audio formats up to 24-bit/192kHz. For listening to CDs, the MCT80 can be used with any product that contains a digital coax or optical input and a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). 

The MCT80 features an improved transport with a die-cast aluminum tray in conjunction with an advanced digital servo for faster, quieter and accurate operation. All common disc types can be played including SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW (MP3 and WMA) and user generated DVD or CD Data Discs with music file formats including DSD (up to DSD128), WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz), FLAC, MP3 and others. A disc’s audio data is read at twice the normal rate insuring better disc tracking and error correction processing. A twin laser optical pickup assures optimal disc reading. Power control and data ports integrate the MCT80's operational state with other McIntosh system components. It’s wrapped in classic McIntosh styling with a polished stainless steel chassis, black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminum end caps.

DIGITAL OUTPUT SAMPLE RATE:

  • Coaxial: Up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Optical: Up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • MCT: Up to 24-bit/96kHz (CD); DSD128 (SACD and Data DVD)

DISC FORMATS: SACD, Hybrid SACD, CD, CD-R/RW (MP3 and WMA), user generated DVD or CD Data Discs (with music file formats including DSD (up to DSD128), WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz), FLAC, MP3 and others)

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D): 11-1/2" (29.2cm) x 5-7/8" (14.9cm) x 19" (48.3cm) Note: When the Disc Tray is opened, the panel clearance required in front of mounting panel is 6-3/4 inches (17.2cm)

WEIGHT: 18.5 lbs (8.4 kg)

Pricing and AvailabilityOrders for the MCT80 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in September. Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $3,500 USD. (source)