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McIntosh Labs’ Reference System loudspeakers stand 7 feet tall and weigh more than 450 pounds apiece. Thus, McIntosh’s latest release—its first-ever tabletop audio system—may come as a surprise. The McIntosh Labs MXA60 Integrated Audio System ( is about 10 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 18 inches deep, and weighs just 64 pounds. But it does not come up short: The $7,500 MXA60 offers a CD/SACD/MP3 player, a radio tuner, a preamplifier with a miniature vacuum tube and dual wattmeters, and an amp that delivers 75 watts to both loudspeaker channels.