MB20 by McIntosh Labs can quickly turn a vintage system that you’ve treasured for decades – or a family heirloom system that you’ve inherited – into a modern home music system capable of playing the digital music stored on your phone, in your cloud accounts, or from your preferred streaming services. MD20 is a small (not much bigger than a smartphone), stand-alone, complete Bluetooth streaming solution that does not require any third-party apps to use.
As a transmitter/receiver, MB20 has been designed to provide superior Bluetooth connections to audio equipment that lacks Bluetooth connectivity. As such, it has been engineered as a Class 1 Bluetooth device. Class 1 devices can typically operate at a range of up to 150 feet (45.7 meters)1 in ideal conditions with limited obstructions.
As a Receiver, MB20 employs an extremely sensitive receiver for better reception, even from Class 2 devices, with the maximum range determined by the capabilities of both actively paired devices. An external antenna helps maximize its range for better performance. As a Transmitter, it has a range 10x greater than that of a typical Class 2 Bluetooth device.
The compact MB20 comes with a variety of analog and digital inputs and outputs to connect it to your home audio system – most notably amongst them being balanced inputs and outputs, making it one of the only Bluetooth transmitter receivers to offer these superior audio connections that help deliver top-quality audio performance.
For connecting it to your system via analog cables, it includes 1 stereo set of both balanced and unbalanced inputs, along with a stereo set of balanced and unbalanced outputs. For digitally connecting it to your system, such as for use with an outboard Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC), it has 1 each of both coaxial and optical inputs and outputs.
MB20 uses Bluetooth 5.0 with support for both the high bitrate Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) standard as well as Qualcomm® aptX™ HD for hi res audio playback. It also features Qualcomm aptX Low Latency for improved audio transmission speed to deliver sound in sync with applicable visual media.
When used as a Receiver, the MB20 uses a high-performance 32-bit DAC with 192kHz internal processing for optimum sound quality; when used in combination with a separate outboard DAC, the MB20’s digital output is fixed at 96kHz to be compatible with most third-party DACs in order to maximize performance and maintain audio signal integrity. When in Transmitter mode, it uses an equally capable high-performance Analog-to-Digital Convertor (ADC) with 110dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR).
- Easy way to stream to a McIntosh or non-McIntosh system of any era.
- Bluetooth 5.0, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Qualcomm aptX HD and Low Latency.
- Use as either a transmitter or receiver.
- Analog and digital inputs and outputs – including balanced connections.
- Small footprint – not much bigger than a smartphone.
- Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.005%
- Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): 5 / 2.5 V RMS
- Signal To Noise Ratio: > 100 dB
- Output Impedance: 500 Ohms Minimum Load
- Balanced Input: 1
- Balanced Output: 1
- Unbalanced Input: 1
- Unbalanced Output: 1
- Digital Coaxial Input: 1
- Digital Coaxial Output: 1
- Digital Optical Input: 1
- Digital Optical Output: 1
- Digital Input Format: PCM
- Digital Input Sample Rate: Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz
- Digital Output Format: 24-Bit / 96 kHz
- Digital Output Sample Rate: 96 kHz
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 24 cm x 6.35 cm (antenna in upright position adds additional 3.43 cm) x 10.01 cm
- Unit Weight: 1.2 kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 kg
- Wall-Mount Charger
- Multi-Region Power Adaptors
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