And Costs $4,000

McIntosh’s Entry-Level Turntable Is All-Black and Glows Green


March 8, 2018 Briefings By

McIntosh is known for making majestic pieces of machinery, and the new MT2 Precision Turntable certainly follows that trend. It’s the company’s third-ever turntable, and at $4,000, it’s also its most entry-level model. The belt-driven turntable is capable of playing both 33.3 and 45 rpm records and, according to the company, its moving coil cartridge “has a high enough output to make it compatible with not only moving coil phono inputs but also moving magnet inputs.” The tracking force, anti-skate force, cartridge overhang and arm height are all preinstalled on the turntable, too, meaning it doesn’t require any kind of set up — just pull it out of the box and it’s ready to rock.

The M2 has a one-inch-thick black platter that’s heavy enough to offer steady playback and designed absorb miscellaneous vibrations. As for the design, you won’t find McIntosh’s signature blue-glowing power meter, but everything else — green glow, tactile knob and intimating black lacquer finish — fits the bill. The M2 can also easily integrate into a home system with McIntosh’s phono and stereo preamplifiers, as well as integrated amplifiers.

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