The McIntosh Bluetooth MB20 Bluetooth Transceiver adds the benefits of Bluetooth Class 1 wireless communications to any McIntosh model (and optionally to other compatible devices). The MB20 Bluetooth transceiver is ready to operate over distances of up to 45 meters, free of obstructions and interference.
The novelty supports Bluetooth 5.0 with Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Qualcomm aptX HD codecs for high-resolution audio. The Qualcomm aptX Low Latency codec comes in handy for accurate audio-to-video synchronization.
The McIntosh MB20 uses a set of analog balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs when operating as a receiver. They are connected to an onboard DAC that processes resolutions up to 32 bit / 192 kHz. The digital outputs of the MB20 operate at 96 kHz and are available in coaxial and optical versions.
The exact same switching is at the input and works when the MB20 transmits a signal to compatible devices (Bluetooth headphones, speakers, etc.) It uses an ADC with a signal-to-noise ratio of 110 dB. Receiver or transmitter modes are selected with a button on the rear panel. The use of new items as a DAC or ADC is not provided.
There is a USB connector on the rear panel for connecting an external power supply. The McIntosh Bluetooth Transceiver MB20 comes in a black aluminum case with a glass top – in the same McIntosh style. The appearance of new items on the market is promised in May.
In the US, the McIntosh MB20 Bluetooth transceiver will cost $500.