More McIntosh Products Receive Roon Tested Designation
McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce that two more of its products have received Roon Tested designation from Roon Labs: the C53 Solid State Preamplifier and the C2700 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. This brings the total number of McIntosh US products that have received Roon Tested designation to 13.
Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine. Roon is also a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform, it offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support, and Signal Path display.
McIntosh products started receiving Roon Tested status in March 2019. Here is the complete list of McIntosh products that have received Roon Tested designation:
- C47 Solid State Preamplifier
- C49 Solid State Preamplifier
- C52 Solid State Preamplifier
- C53 Solid State Preamplifier
- C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
- C2700 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier
- D1100 Digital Preamplifier
- MA5300 Integrated Amplifier
- MA8900 Integrated Amplifier
- MA9000 Integrated Amplifier
- MAC7200 Stereo Receiver
- MHA150 Headphone Amplifier
- MXA80 Integrated Audio System
All of these models utilize a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog 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. The C53 and C2700 use a newer, next generation DAC with improved dynamic range and total harmonic distortion that supports up to DSD512 via USB.
Products designated as Roon Tested have been profiled and tested by both Roon and McIntosh for maximum compatibility. Roon will recognize these devices and send them audio optimized for their capabilities. The device settings in Roon are optimized to improve the customer experience. No fiddling with checkboxes or dropdowns, Roon Tested devices are automatically identified and configured out of the box.
How to get started
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 optimized settings by restarting their Roon Core. Then they can use the Identify My Device feature in Device Settings to apply the new information. For best results the preconfigured Roon Core servers Roon Nucleus or Roon Nucleus+ may be connected directly to the McIntosh product using the Chord C-USB cable.