MQ112 McIntosh Equaliser fine tunes rooms and recordings

posted on Friday, 13th October 2023 by Steve May

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McIntosh has launched an 8-band stereo equaliser that it says will transform any home audio space into the ultimate listening environment.

Designed to fine tune the sonic profile of an audio system for any listening space, the new MQ112 Environmental Equaliser enables listeners to adjust audio signal levels by ±12dB in 8 key bands between 25Hz and 10kHz, in the analogue domain. Intriguingly, the equaliser can also be used compensate for any imperfections inherent in vintage recordings, resulting in cleaner sound reproduction.

The unit offers balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs, and can be connected between the preamplifier and power amplifier of any audio configuration.

A secondary pair of outputs allows for connection to two separate stereo systems, bi-amped between a single pair of speakers, or up to two subwoofers. For more demanding stereo systems, the MQ112 can be connected through processor loops or the tape monitor record/play connections found on preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers.

Additional key features include a TILT knob, allowing for tonal balance shift of ±6dB to boost bass or treble across the entire frequency range, and an EQ Control IN and OUT settings bypass equaliser circuit for quick comparisons of the EQ output to original unaltered signal

Naturally, the MQ112 features all the familiar McIntosh design embellishments, including the illuminated logo, black glass front faceplate, rotary control knobs, and custom machined aluminium end caps.

Available through authorised McIntosh dealers this month, theMQ112 sells for £3,745 (€3990 / $3,000). Distribution is through Fine Sounds UK.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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