FrontRunners: System Down

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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 (www.mcintoshlabs.com) 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.

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