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The 'room filling sound' sounds like a Bose advertisement.


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Did I understand correctly - this thing has 8 speakers?

Okay, so it probably sounds pretty good. But $3K sounds like a lot for something like that - you could probably get something similar for  a lot less, and be happy with the sound quality for the kind of thing such a device is supposed to deliver - casual listening.


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2 hours ago, firedog said:

Did I understand correctly - this thing has 8 speakers?

Okay, so it probably sounds pretty good. But $3K sounds like a lot for something like that - you could probably get something similar for  a lot less, and be happy with the sound quality for the kind of thing such a device is supposed to deliver - casual listening.

Like almost everything in life, you can always get something less expensive and probably be OK with it. For example, Monoprice has some really cheap DACs. You can probably go to Alibaba and get one cheaper and be OK. 

 

I like this all-in-one from McIntosh. I don't think the price is unreasonable either. 

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Does it sound better than other $3k 'systems'??  It does look nice...

 

A truly wireless speaker setup has a lot of advantages, but there really aren't any HiFi ones.  You have to plug them into an AC outlet...


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Not one photo shows the rear connections.

 

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It certainly looks quite a large device, pity it couldn't use height more instead of width, horizontal placement and table space is premium these days. For the amount of gear inside, the term compact is open to discussion.

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20 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

In what way?

I have borrowed a MB50 streamer that uses PlayFi and it is my understanding from the research I have done that PlayFi products do not work with Roon.  I haven't found a way to make it work.  There is also no PlayFi desktop version for Mac and that is another issue with the PlayFi system to me.  

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So you're looking for it to be a ROON endpoint.  I see. In that case, I have no answer for you.

 

I have McIntosh and ROON working together, but I am plugged into my Mc via USB and that works fine. Rather than using a streamer, have you thought about getting something that acts as a ROON endpoint and can plug into the McIntosh?


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play-fi is okay but I think Roon is better and it works will all my other stuff, including a squeezebox touch.  if I operate play-fi from my phone and it rings it shuts off the stereo.  I think a big company like Mcintosh would want to be as flexible as possible.  I like the look and quality of sound out of the MB50 streamer but find play-fi annoying.

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On 2/14/2019 at 8:23 AM, AudioDoctor said:

This is so cool looking I think I need to buy one despite the fact that I am selling my main system off.

 

The baby is gonna need one.  Just sayin'

 

On 2/26/2019 at 11:56 AM, rancew said:

Why are there 5 stars on the heading when it hasn't even been reviewed here yet?

 

It is the reader rating for the article, not Chris's rating for the device.  (Someone has decimated it to 4 stars now.)

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