The MB100 Media Bridge media streamer from McIntosh Laboratory takes full advantage of the latest McIntosh technologies and gives users access to web-based music, in addition to digital files from its 1TB hard drive.
The MB100 Media Bridge combines a large internal storage capacity with a wide range of inputs and due to this, it can serve as a digital media ‘hub’.
For integration into existing home audio systems, the MB100 has two analogue and two digital outputs, plus it can be connected via USB to other McIntosh USB-enabled products.
Users can also create two independent audio zones when using the USB connection in combination with either the analogue or digital outputs.
Further to this, the MB100 can be controlled via an iOS or Android app, a web browser or a remote control with TV interface.
It is also compatible with many popular home automation systems allowing for easy integration into existing set-ups.
The MB100 has four USB inputs, plus an eSata port for the direct connection of external drives.
Its high-speed network port offers direct connection to online streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Rhapsody and TuneIn (where available – subscriptions may be required), while additional streaming services may be added in the future. Internet radio stations can also be added as presets.
The MB100 utilises the same eight-channel 32-bit/192kHz DAC as found in the manufacturer’s D100 digital preamp, which is isolated from the motherboard.
The MB100 will automatically synchronise content stored on networked computers. When connected to a monitor or panel, slideshow playback of stored photos is also possible during music replay.
Digital content can be backed up to Amazon Cloud Drive or Apple iCloud. The MB100 can also be configured so that new music purchases from either cloud service can be automatically added to the device’s library.