There’s no need to abandon the world of vinyl records thanks to the McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable. With everything going digital, it’s nice to see a product that has all the efficiency and advances of modern technology making it possible to continue enjoying authentic “old school” sound.
The MT2 plays both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm records. It comes with a moving coil cartridge that allows you to listen with moving coil phono inputs as well as moving magnet inputs. The cantilever is an alloy and comes off of a dural-aluminum tonearm that features damping materials. The vertical bearings also contribute to sound quality with two precision ceramic surfaces that have a damping fluid. Combining these features with the cartridge’s high impedance and the high voltage, the MT2 creates music that is largely noise free.
Audiophiles will know that a heavy platter helps resist and absorb external vibrations. The MT2’s platter is over one inch thick and is made from a special dynamically balanced polyoxymethylene. The inner platter is milled aluminum. Both platters spin on a steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing. The platter is belt driven, and the DC motor is driven by an external voltage-stabilized power supply, cutting out any mechanical interference. The elliptical diamond stylus will also ensure tracking.
The tall and short of it is that, while you may be listening old school, the sound quality will still be beyond exceptional.