I know McIntosh has a long history with turntables (not), but please get the tubes away from the tonearm where your hand needs to go:A new way to appeal to tube fans. Description is at https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/turntables/MTI100
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It might be a carbon fiber mat. That would be a bonus to have it as a stock item.I know McIntosh has a long history with turntables (not), but please get the tubes away from the tonearm where your hand needs to go:
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Looks like they left just enough room between the tube cage and the tonearm headshell to fit your fingers. The tubes have no place here. This is tube-desperation!
Nothing new under the sun - reminds me of the Dual HS 152 (just 45 years ago):A new way to appeal to tube fans. Description is at https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/turntables/MTI100
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It's not b*itches brew?? Inconvenience is the biggest likeness to the real turntable. The other day my dust cover broke. It's old and it lost a lot of it's flexibility. Two little flaps that fit into the hinge broke off. As soon as the first one went, the other couldn't bear the entire spring pressure and followed the first one immediately.
First with the car audio (for a Jeep!) and now this.
Yes, Jeep was always seen as utilitarian and rugged (an undeserved attribute, particularly in the last 20 years). McIntosh was refined and conservative. The pairing makes little sense to me. This new "thing" is simply mind-boggling.To me, that's a weird one. In 'high end' audio, from a marketing standpoint, you'd think you'd want your brand to be associated with a commensurate 'high end' automobile. And the reverse. The 'rub off' effect. For example:
Audi, Lamborghini, Aston Martin: Bang and Olufsen; Bugatti, Merc, Porsche: Burmester; Bentley: Naim; Rolls: in house design; BMW: HK; Cadillac: AKG; Ferrari: JBL; Lexus: Levinson.
Jeeps are expensive, but have always been pretty blue collar in form/function--in spite of the fact that they have become something of a fashion brand. Even the six figure Grand Wagoneer (which features McIntosh) doesn't ring 'high end' transportation, like other brands. In practice it's simply an ugly (but monstrous) SUV. Does Mac consider their gear to be big and ugly? Is that the association? Maybe that's the answer. And maybe they need to work out a deal with Harley-Davidson.
I guess you could argue that Harman Kardon doesn't have an intrinsic upscale brand recognition. People here might remember their Citation stuff. But mostly that's forgotten. AKG, albeit an important and storied studio-oriented brand, isn't really associated with anything home audio. JBL is a mixed bag.