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McIntosh Launches Universal Blu-ray Player: MVP881 BR

McIntosh Laboratory, a leader in the high-end audio and video markets today unveiled their latest drool-worthy player, the universal format MVP881 BR (SRP $8,000).

The McIntosh MVP881 BR offers compatibility with virtually all of today’s most advanced video and audio disc formats including support for Blu-ray’s BD-Live Blu-ray Profile 2.0 web-enabled features. In addition to the full Blu-ray capabilities, the MVP881 BR Universal Audio/Video Player plays the high-resolution SACD and DVD-Audio audio formats that audiophiles still love as well as standard CDs and DVDs.

The player’s design utilizes what McIntosh calls “dreadnaught style.” It features custom fabricated steel and aluminum casework with compartmentalized sub structures that inhibit resonance while shielding sensitive audio circuits and an all-metal disc mechanism. Set in a heavy, damped base, this quiet-running mechanism is exceptionally accurate, and also features a cast-aluminum disc tray.The player also features an SD card reader, an RS232C interface and an Ethernet connection for BD-Live content and future software updates.

For the launch of the MVP881 BR, McIntosh has also announced they will be teaming up with Reprise Records and the Neil Young Archives for a special  promotion tied to its first-ever Universal Audio/Video Blu-ray Player. In a limited-time promotion, purchasers of the McIntosh MVP881 Blu-ray player will receive a free in-package “Disc Zero” promotional disc featuring selected tracks from the Neil Young Archives Volume 1 10-disc Blu-ray boxed set and a coupon (valid through 2011) entitling them to a $25 discount off of the purchase of the collection.

The McIntosh MVP881 BR is shipping this month at an SRP of $8,000.

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