MCINTOSH AMPS AND MORE GET ROON TESTED DESIGNATION
No fewer than 11 McIntosh products, encompassing pre-amps, receivers and integrated amplifiers, have received Roon Tested designation and, the Binghamton NY audio crew are pretty happy with that.
We love Roon's rich and engaging method of browsing, organising and, of course listening to our digital music library. That enrichment includes artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates and composers - all wrapped up in a "surfable digital magazine".
Additionally, Roon is also a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform that offers bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support and Signal Path display. So, it's quite an advantage to be able to sport the Roon Tested badge.
Products designated as Roon Tested have been profiled and tested by both Roon and McIntosh for maximum compatibility. Roon will recognise these devices and send them audio optimised for their capabilities. The device settings in Roon are tuned to improve the customer experience. No fiddling with checkboxes or dropdowns, Roon Tested devices are automatically identified and configured out of the box.
McIntosh President Charlie Randall told StereoNET:
Many McIntosh customers have requested support for Roon and today we are happy to announce that all of our current model preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers with digital audio are now Roon Tested. All of these products were already full-featured units, and now with adding Roon Tested capabilities, they will bring even more value and enjoyment to their owners.
Rob Darling, Roon Director of Strategy, added:
We're excited to be working with the team at McIntosh to give their customers the best experience possible of their McIntosh equipment and Roon. Being Roon Tested will make it easier for McIntosh users to enjoy music while taking the technology of their systems to its fullest potential, from streamlining first-run set up to removing the complexity of configuring Roon DSP Upsampling so they can take advantage of the incredible high-res performance offered by McIntosh's digital designs.
McIntosh products receiving Roon Tested designation
C47, C52, C2600 and D1100
MA5300, MA7200, MA8900 and MA9000
Integrated Audio System
All of these models utilise a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. Their coax and optical inputs will decode music up to 24-bit/192kHz; their USB inputs accept even higher PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and support up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz.
New users will need to create a Roon account, then download and install the application. Existing Roon users can trigger their system to acquire the McIntosh device icons and optimised settings by restarting their Roon Core from March 13th onwards. Then you can use the Identify My Device feature in Device Settings to apply the new information.
For more information, go to McIntosh.
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