Binghamton, N.Y. - Oh, to live on "Sugar Mountain," where you get access to high-end audio/video equipment from McIntosh, not to mention sweet cross-promotional opportunities for your ultra-expensive Blu-ray Disc boxed set.
High-end audio/video home entertainment components manufacturer
said Tuesday it will ship its first Universal A/V Blu-ray Disc player this month offering a promotional incentive developed in tandem with Reprise Records and rock icon
purchasers of its MVP881 Blu-ray Disc player will receive a special sampler disc of Neil Young's songs in a 96khz/24 bit stereo PCM Blu-ray Disc mix. The songs were taken from the musician's recently issued "Neil Young Archives Volume 1" 10-disc Blu-ray boxed set.
The MVP881 ($8,000 suggested retail) is McIntosh's first Universal A/V Blu-ray Disc player, and was designed to play most CD-sized music and video disc formats, in addition to Blu-ray video and music discs. Appropriately, Young has released some of his music in many of those various formats, as well. So, those Neil Young treasures in past disc formats (remember DVD-Audio) you may have acquired won't be obsolete just yet.
The in-package promotional disc, called "Disc Zero," features selected Neil Young tracks and a coupon (valid through 2011) offering a $25 discount on the purchase of the full boxed set.
McIntosh president Charlie Randall noted: "Both McIntosh and Neil Young share a longstanding devotion to high-quality sound, and we've both been strong advocates of Blu-ray, which offers music lovers a brand new level of audio quality and performance."
"Neil Young Archives Volume 1" was produced by the artist himself and covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1963, through his classic 1972 album, "Harvest." The boxed set includes studio and live tracks of the Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Neil Young with Crazy Horse.
A full-length version of Young's movie "Journey Through the Past" is also included along with a 238-page hardbound "journal" including Young's childhood photos, memorabilia, clippings and recollections.
The MVP881 BR supports BD-Live Blu-ray Profile 2.0 Web-enabled features and will play back SACDs, DVD Audio discs, standard CDs and DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs.
The "dreadnaught style" component features custom fabricated steel and aluminum casework with unique, compartmentalized sub structures that inhibit resonance while shielding sensitive audio circuits, the company said.
An all-metal disc mechanism set in a heavy, damped base is quiet-running and produces exceptionally accuracy. An SD card reader, an RS232C interface and an Ethernet connection are provided for BD-Live content and future software updates.