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McIntosh MB50 Streaming Audio Player

$2,000.00

Lexi BLexi B
23:27 23 Sep 22
This place is absolutely amazing! Ryan who works there is really knowledgeable on recievers and went out of his way to help me solve some problems with my older denon that I couldn't get to connect to my new TV. Ryan took the time to explain the process of what was needed to be done and even checked on me when I got home to see if I was able to get it working. Really kind person and you don't get that often nowadays. Their speaker selection is top of the line and out of this world. Highly recommended!!! 🥰
Eli MoraisEli Morais
22:20 28 Dec 21
It's the best audio store in the country. I have bought a few amplifier from Eddie when I was in Houston. Nicest guy. It's always there when I have questions.
Rommel SalazarRommel Salazar
14:18 08 Jun 21
Bought my first Mcintosh amplifier here. Jeff was very helpful and down to earth. Check out this store, the best I've seen and service is excellent. 6 stars!!
Noel RuizNoel Ruiz
16:00 07 Mar 21
I bought a pair of Cornwall iv excellent service from Jeff great person guide me through the purchase and help all the way with shipping even know I live in PRThks
Kyle CKyle C
22:11 03 Dec 20
Awesome team here, super knowledgeable! Provided a superb price on a projector that no big box store could come close to. The shop itself is super cool too. Jeff’s got a ton of awesome movie and music memorabilia.
Salman BakhraibaSalman Bakhraiba
21:01 27 Sep 20
Had the luxury to visit the store this weekend, we were welcomed by Jeff. Really nice and knowledgeable person in the field of Audio. The amazing setup with high end Mcintosh Amps, Preamp and their speakers changed our perspective on sound even though I am use to Parasound, Marantz, Emotiva, Klipsch & Martin logan products.Now time to start finalizing and narrow down my wish list to build a nice System for myself.Will definitely give them the business for all my future purchases.It’s a blessing to have a store like this in your local community - Treat yourself, go and check them out even if you’re not an audiophile - cos I can guarantee you will get into this hobby for sure.
Kenneth CoakleyKenneth Coakley
20:54 10 Aug 20
Great selection of audio gear. Ask for Eddie. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Mike CMike C
03:16 18 Jul 20
Loved this place! Jeff spent so much time with me helping me pick the right speakers for my setup. He was very patient with all my questions and he was extremely knowledgeable in all the equipment. While this is an appointment only high end audio store, they didn't act elitist when it came to my setup, and they were very down to earth. This is my new go to place for high end audio.
ParkerParker
13:23 03 May 19
Hand down the best HiFi audio shop in the entire state! These guys have really spent the time and energy to do it right. If you are in the market for a high end system, or just want to listen to some of the best equipment the industry has to offer, then do yourself a favor and make an appointment.
Taylor FoxTaylor Fox
22:38 03 Mar 19
Houston Audio is wife approved. 😄 The speakers are everything your man has been begging you for, yet they are so sleek and aesthetically pleasing, you will barely see them (but definitely hear them!) The speakers can enhance any room in your house. After spending time around the speakers I have grown to an understanding of how the speakers work and how they can truly change the way your favorite song or movie sounds-in the best way. Jeff & Eddie have staged beautiful demo rooms at H.A. that provide a unique experience in each room. It truly adds to the entire listening experience! I definitely recommend stopping by and listening in each room.
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Transform your home audio system into a wireless audio system with the MB50 Streaming Audio Player. The MB50 features DTS Play-Fi® technology to give you the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly play your music at home anyway you want over your existing Wi-Fi network. While utilizing DTS Play-Fi streaming capabilities, the MB50 delivers the legendary McIntosh sound quality and performance found in our other home audio products. All music handling is done to McIntosh’s exacting standards that are not found in any other Play-Fi device (except our RS100 Wireless Loudspeaker).

Small in comparison to the size of other McIntosh products, “it has the traditional big, bold, beautifully solid McIntosh sound” and could “turn even the most die-hard sceptic of streaming music into a convert… It’s smooth, rich, and powerful in its sound and boasts McIntosh’s renowned build quality, making it a joy to own and use.” – Hi-Fi World

A big advantage of DTS Play-Fi compared to many other streaming options is that with its Critical Listening mode, native playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files is available with no down-sampling as of January 2017 (update your Play-Fi app to the latest version to utilize this feature). Many common audio formats are compatible with the MB50, including .mp3, .m4a, .flac and .wav files; DLNA is supported. Two Wi-Fi antennas help ensure a strong network connection for smooth playback; the MB50 can be hardwired to your network via a USB-to-Ethernet adapter (not included).

“The overall sound is inviting, the perfect antidote to the shrill top-end that people normally associate with wireless digital audio.” – Hi-Fi+

The classic black glass front panel, stainless steel chassis and custom machined aluminum end caps make the MB50 an eye-pleasing addition to any audio system. It is sized to perfectly match our MXA80 Integrated Audio System and MHA150 Headphone Amplifier (each sold separately) to make a complete streaming solution. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

See also: DTS Play-Fi website.

1) All services may not be available in all regions; certain services may not yet be enabled for all apps; subscriptions may be required.
2) Requires use of a third party Alexa Built-in Product (sold separately). The MB50 and Alexa Built-In Product must be on the same network.

Non-McIntosh-Provided Services: Embedded and/or non-embedded services, e.g. DTS Play-Fi® and the other services listed above, are necessary for full functionality, are provided by companies unrelated to McIntosh, and are beyond McIntosh’s control. McIntosh cannot and does not warrant against interruption, discontinuance, unsatisfactory performance, reduced Product functionality, or damages of any kind attributable to such services or their providers.

Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

To set your music free, simply connect an MB50 to your audio system and Wi-Fi network, download the Apple or Android mobile app or Windows desktop app and then you’re ready to stream. Besides accessing your personal music library, the apps have built-in support for many leading online streaming services1 including Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, KKBox, Pandora®, Qobuz, QQMusic, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM®, Songza, Spotify® and TIDAL (subject to change), letting you enjoy your streaming music on any speakers in any room in your house. The MB50 is an Amazon Works With Alexa certified product. Simply speak to your Alexa control device to operate your MB50 from any room.2 You can designate the MB50 as your Alexa Preferred Playback Device in the Alexa app, then you’ll no longer need to specify the MB50 by name in order for music to play on it. Voice commands as simple as “Alexa, play top-40” to a linked control device will initiate playback on the MB50. (How do I setup Alexa?)

“Despite its diminutive stature, it’s all McIntosh” with “a musically rewarding character that gets out of its way” and puts the music first. “A flat out steal… recommending the MB50 is the surest bet in some 20 years of reviewing gear.” – Tone Audio

Have more than one audio system in your house you’d like to stream to? No problem, just add an MB50 to each and then you can stream the same music to all systems. Or if you have multiple mobile devices with the app, you can simultaneously stream different music to each system. The MB50 with DTS Play-Fi wireless streaming puts the power of choice in your hands by removing all barriers between your music, your devices and your speakers.

SEE DOWNLOADS TAB FOR VIDEO SERIES DETAILING ALL THE FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF PLAY-FI.

Analog outputs for both balanced and unbalanced cables connect the MB50 to your system’s amplifier or preamplifier; digital outputs are also included. An analog plus two digital inputs let you connect audio source components such as CD players or turntables (with appropriate phono preamplifier) to the MB50, allowing it to act as a mini-preamp. With source components connected, the MB50 can stream their audio to other Play-Fi devices on your network (such as the RS100) via Line-In Streaming; this allows music stored on physical media and previously limited to playback in just one room in your house to now be accessible in any room.

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