McIntosh just announced the MR89 AM/FM Tuner with an integrated signal quality monitor can display detailed signal, multipath, and noise levels of the incoming radio signals to help fine-tune optimal placement of the AM or FM antenna (their RAA2 AM antenna is included). Additionally included are a pair of balanced and unbalanced analog outputs and digital coax and optical outputs to connect the MR89 to any home audio system. The tuner features exclusive McIntosh radio frequency (RF) circuitry that can receive both strong FM signals from nearby stations, avoiding overload or distortion that can plague lesser tuners, while also being able to tune in weaker FM signals with little to no noise.
MR89 Features Include:
- Upgraded Stereo Blending and introduction of a “High Blend” option
- Softmute feature to reduce audio output of lower quality station input
- Highcut function to reduce high frequency and audio content
- FM Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) support to display station and music information
- Adjustable Seek function
- Ability to store 20+ preset stations for both AM/FM
A pair of 60dB output meters show the signal level being delivered from the analog outputs of each channel, while the volume is controlled by the preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or other control device. The meters on the MR89 accurately portray the Left and Right channel audio output generated from the received station – depending on the program received, the meters are a good indication of the MR89’s quality stereo separation.
The MR89’s black glass front panel, meters, knobs, and brushed aluminum end caps are all housed in a stainless-steel chassis polished to a luxurious mirror finish that evokes the timeless McIntosh aesthetic. The MR89 can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, turntables, CD players, home theater processors, room correction devices, speakers, and other source components to make a complete home audio system.
The MR89 is $5500.