Making or assembling electronics in America may be the next big trend in tech, but it's nothing new for McIntosh. The iconic audiophile brand has been producing some of the best audio equipment money can buy for decades from their Binghamton, NY factory, and if their recent record-setting spree of seven product announcements at this year's CES is any indication, they won't be stopping anytime soon.
While anything bearing the company's signature blue meters is guaranteed to catch our eyes faster than Brooklyn Decker at the pool, the MT5 Turntable deserves special attention. That's partly because its 5-pound, 1.5-inch thick silicon acrylic platter glows greener than the envy of all who gaze upon it. But this beautiful piece of audio machinery has much, much more than just some literal flash.
As you'd expect from a high-quality turntable, the new 35-pound companion to the aging MT10 comes loaded with tricks to reduce common culprits of audio distortion, including an advanced anti-skate tonearm (balanced by magnetic bearings) and a matching moving coil cartridge. The aforementioned platter takes the fight against gravity even further thanks to precision Swiss-made motors that suspend and spin the surface using opposing neodymium magnets rather than typical ball bearings.
Though that's a complex system to carry out a relatively simple pleasure, McIntosh deserves plenty of credit for understanding a fundamental fact that its competitors don't: the sound matters, not the science behind it. That's why the MT5's tracking force, anti-skate force, cartridge overhang and arm height are all preset by the factory for maximum performance right out of the box. The result is a turntable that turns the table on the traditional listening experience -- making the process of enjoying vinyl as smooth as its rich analog sound.
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