Best of the Best 2013: Electronics: Digital Audio: McIntosh McAire

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Compact music docks are rarely used for anything but background music, but the McIntosh McAire (607.723.3512, www.mcintoshlabs.com) has the power and precision to take center stage. The $3,000 wireless audio system uses onboard digital amplification to power a pair of the same titanium dome tweeters and midrange drivers found in the company’s reference XRT2K floor-standing loudspeakers, along with dual 4-inch down-firing woofers located beneath the unit. The McAire offers wireless playback of any Apple Airplay–enabled device; back-panel Ethernet, USB, and RCA inputs allow for connection with a home network’s music library and external analog audio sources.