McIntosh McAire

Putting off aires


While iDevices flipped the consumer audio industry ass over tea kettle in a brush of a click wheel, the audiophile world stubbornly weathered the storm for years, hoping the digital compression nightmare might just vanish away in time. The introduction of the McIntosh McAire hints that convenience is gaining ground with the stuffy, stubborn niche crowd. For all intents and purposes, the McAire is a high-class iDevice dock and AirPlay receiver sporting two 4-inch woofers, two 2-inch mid-ranges and two 3/4-inch tweeters all wrapped in the same signature McIntosh “skin” found on the company’s other world-class audio components.

Those glorious blue output meters carry over to the compatible iPhone and iPad apps for controlling tunes from afar in decidedly elite style. Of course, if you don’t trust wireless streaming, Apple tablets and smartphones can also direct directly dock and charge right on the device. Pricing and availability hasn’t been publicly shared at the moment, but we’re guessing it’ll blow your McRib budget out of the water.

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