Announcing the McIntosh MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver

Announcing the McIntosh MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver


Streaming music directly from a phone to a home audio system via Bluetooth® offers unparalleled convenience. However, many Bluetooth-enabled sound systems lack the premium sound quality necessary to truly honor a prized music collection. Enter the MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver, a game-changing solution designed to bridge the gap between convenience and audio excellence.


The MB25 Bluetooth Transceiver is a sophisticated solution tailored for discerning audio enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate Bluetooth streaming capabilities into a McIntosh or non-McIntosh high-end home audio system from any era. Whether owning a vintage stereo system for many decades or a newer system, the MB25 elevates the audio experience by modernizing the setup. Crafted to the highest standards of performance, the compact MB25 transforms an audio system into a versatile hub for enjoying digital music from a smartphone, cloud accounts, and preferred streaming services.


Designed as a compact, standalone unit with a relatively small footprint, the MB25 requires no third-party apps for operation, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Functioning as a transmitter/receiver, it boasts Class 1 Bluetooth technology, delivering unparalleled connectivity with audio equipment lacking Bluetooth compatibility. With a transmission range of up to 150 feet (45.7 meters) and enhanced by an external antenna, the MB25 guarantees optimal performance for both transmitting and receiving audio signals.


The successor to the popular MB20, the MB25 retains all the MB20 features while introducing enhancements for an elevated user experience. Notable among its upgrades is an illuminated front glass panel that provides insights into audio signal rates and connection types. The MB25 also offers the flexibility to select the desired input in transmit mode, giving greater control over the audio experience. Finally, Power Control has been added so it can be easily turned on and off with the rest of the system.


Remarkably versatile, the MB25 features an array of inputs and outputs to allow for diverse system configurations. Analog connectivity options include both balanced and unbalanced stereo inputs and outputs. For digitally connecting it to a system, such as for use with an outboard Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), it has both coaxial and optical inputs and outputs.


Leveraging Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the MB25 supports high-fidelity codecs such as Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, ensuring uncompromised audio reproduction. Equipped with a high-performance 32-bit DAC for receiver mode and a premium Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for transmitter mode, the MB25 maintains uncompromising sound quality and signal integrity.


As a transceiver, the MB25 can function as either a Bluetooth Receiver or Transmitter (but not both at the same time). Simply set the switch on the back panel to the proper setting for the desired usage. In Receiver mode, audio can be streamed from compatible Bluetooth devices to the MB25, and then use the variety of output connections to play the audio through a sound system. Alternatively, in Transmitter mode, music can be streamed from physical media sources, such as CDs or vinyl records, to Bluetooth-enabled headphones or speakers.

For multi-system integration within the home, the MB25 offers a convenient solution to enable wireless audio distribution between systems with ease by simply connecting an MB25 to each system. If an MB20 is already owned, it can be used in conjunction with an MB25 to achieve this multi-room, multi-system configuration.

Encased in a sleek, custom aluminum chassis with a black glass front panel with illuminated logo, the MB25 exudes sophistication. Designed for seamless integration with both McIntosh and non-McIntosh systems, the MB25 includes a wall mount power supply with adapters for global compatibility.


Orders for the MB25 are now being accepted, with shipping expected to begin in July 2024. It will be viewable on the website beginning June 13, 2024.

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