McIntosh Launches New MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver

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The New Introduction from the Iconic Audio Brand Bridges the Gap Between Streaming Convenience and Audio Excellence

BINGHAMTON, NY – JUNE 13, 2024 – McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., the premier name in audio excellence, proudly announces the launch of its MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver. Streaming music directly from a smartphone to a home audio system via Bluetooth® offers unparalleled convenience; however, many Bluetooth-enabled sound systems lack the premium sound quality necessary to truly honor a prized music collection. With the MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver, discerning audio enthusiasts can now seamlessly integrate Bluetooth streaming capabilities into virtually any high-end home audio system from any era, whether it includes McIntosh products or not.

The MB25 elevates the listening experience, transforming any audio system into a versatile home entertainment hub. With the ability to function as either a receiver or transmitter, the MB25 is compatible not only with Bluetooth streaming devices, but also physical media sources such as CDs and vinyl records – making it a great fit for any and all audiophiles, whether their current set-up includes a vintage analog stereo or a new digital system.

Designed as a compact, standalone unit with a relatively small footprint, the MB25 requires no third-party apps for operation, ensuring a hassle-free experience. It boasts Class 1 Bluetooth technology, delivering unparalleled connectivity with audio equipment lacking Bluetooth compatibility. With a transmission range of up to 150 feet (45.7 meters)1 and enhanced by an external antenna, the MB25 guarantees optimal performance for both transmitting and receiving audio signals.

The successor to the popular MB20, the MB25 retains all the MB20 features while introducing enhancements for an elevated user experience. Notable upgrades include:

–  An illuminated front glass panel that provides insights into audio signal rates and connection types.

–  Flexibility to select the desired input in transmit mode, giving users greater control over their audio experience.

–  Power Control so the MB25 can be easily turned on and off with the rest of a McIntosh audio system.


Abundant Connectivity

–  Remarkably versatile, the MB25 features an array of inputs and outputs to allow for diverse system configurations, including:

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o  Analog connectivity options, such as balanced and unbalanced stereo inputs and outputs.

o  For use with an outboard Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC), it has both coaxial and optical inputs and outputsto digitally connect it to an audio system.

Bluetooth 5.0 Technology

–  Leveraging Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the MB25 supports high-fidelity codecs such as Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, ensuring uncompromised audio reproduction.

–  Equipped with a high-performance 32-bit DAC for receiver mode and a premium Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for transmitter mode, the MB25 maintains uncompromising sound quality and signal integrity.

Ultimate Versatility: Receive Or Transmit

–  As a transceiver, the MB25 can function as either a Bluetooth Receiver or Transmitter at any given time, (but not simultaneously) by simply setting the switch on the back panel to the proper setting for the desired usage.

o   In Receiver mode, users can stream audio from compatible Bluetooth devices to the MB25, and then use the variety of output connections to play the audio through their sound systems.

o   Alternatively, in Transmitter mode, users can stream the music from physical media sources, such as CDs or vinyl records, to Bluetooth-enabled headphones or speakers

–  For multi-system integration within the home, the MB25 offers a convenient solution to enable wireless audio distribution between systems with ease by simply connecting an MB25 to each system.1

–  In fact, the MB20 can be used in conjunction with an MB25 to achieve a multi-room, multi-system configuration.

Elegant Design

–  Encased in a sleek, custom aluminum chassis with a black glass front panel with illuminated logo, the MB25 exudes sophistication.

–  Designed for seamless integration with both McIntosh and non-McIntosh systems, the MB25 includes a wall mount power supply with adapters for global compatibility.3


The MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver will be available in July through authorized McIntosh dealers with an MSRP $600 USD / $850 CAD / 850€ / 850£.