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McIntosh Brings Wireless Multiroom To Luxury Market At CES

Luxury-audio brand McIntosh is bringing wireless multiroom-audio technology to new price and performance levels with the CES launch of two products equipped with DTS’s Play-Fi multiroom-audio technology.

The brand also launched its second A/V preamp processor with object-based surround decoding.

At the Venetian, dealers will see the brand’s first two DTS Play-Fi products, the $1,000-each RS100 mono speaker and the $2,000 MB50 streaming player, which connects to existing stereo systems but also doubles as a preamp because of its analog and digital inputs. Two RS100 speakers can be used to deliver stereo. The speaker also features a wired aux input.

McIntosh’s Play-Fi products can be used with Play-Fi products from other brands to create a wireless multiroom-audio system that streams music from personal music libraries on phones and computers and from the cloud.

The wireless products ship in March.

The new $7,000 MX122 A/V preamp processor, which ships in January, will join a continuing MX160 preamp processor that also features object-based surround decoding. The MX122 replaces the MX121 model and adds multiple upgrades, including 4K video support with high dynamic range (HDR) passthrough, Bluetooth, more streaming services, Dolby Atmos object-based surround, and upgradability to DTS:X object-based surround and to Auro-3D surround

All HDMI inputs and outputs feature HDCP 2.2 copy protection and support 4K Ultra HD with HDR, 50/60Hz frame rates, 4:4:4 color, Rec. 2020 color gamut, and 3D video pass-through.

The MX122also offers  two remote A/V zones, high-res decoding, DSD64 file playback from flash drives or over the network, and AirPlay. Streaming services include Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify and vTuner.