McIntosh Thinks So
Do Audiophiles Want an All-In-One Turntable?
McIntosh just hopped on the all-in-one turntable bandwagon with the MTI100. It’s an integrated turntable with the signature look and feel of McIntosh’s other super high-end components: black lacquer finish, large tactile knobs and lime-green glow. Inside, it’s decked out with a 50-watt Class D amplifier, vacuum tube preamp, phono preamplifier, digital and analog outputs, and a Bluetooth receiver. There’s a headphone jack, too, in case you just want a private listening session. The MTI100 turntable has the ability to play both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm vinyl records.
The idea with the McIntosh’s MTI100 is that, like other all-in-one turntables, it allows you to “just add speakers” to play music. And you add a subwoofer if you like. There’s no need to worry about the other audio components because they’re baked into the MTI100 already.
It’s interesting that McIntosh has, in fact, jumped on the all-in-one turntable train. Like other McIntosh audio products, the MTI100 is a product primed for audiophiles. Most all-in-one turntables aren’t really geared toward audiophiles, after-all; they’re designed as entry-level turntables that give users the option to both play vinyl records or stream audio from their smartphones. Just like with Sonos or Chromecast. They’re designed for ease of use rather audio quality.
It’s admirable and, again, “interesting” that McIntosh is aiming to hit both those demographics with the MTI100, but I’m not convinced most audiophiles really want that. They want the ability to customize their own setup — they want to use their own preamp, phono stage and amp — so that they can have complete control over the sound, as well as minimize things like distortion and other interferences. So will the MTI100 turntable be a hit will audiophiles? Your guess is as good as mine. It certainly is pretty, though.
The MTI100 Integrated Turntable is expected to cost $6,500 and will start shipping by the end of this month.