McIntosh – MS500 Music Streamer

McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer

Binghamton, NY | 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MS500 Music Streamer.

The sophisticated yet simple to use MS500 Music Streamer seamlessly integrates both your internet based streaming music and locally stored digital music into one comprehensive device. It allows your digital library to be enjoyed with McIntosh’s legendary audio standards – including uncompressed, lossless files with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.


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With all its onboard storage and external connection capabilities, the MS500 can easily serve as a central hub for all your digital music. The high-speed network port connects you to leading streaming services1 such as Deezer, Murfie, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM®, Slacker, Spotify®, TIDAL and TuneIn (services subject to change). Interfaces to these services are built in to the MS500 – putting all your streaming music at your fingertips. Internet radio stations can also be added as presets. Three USB ports allow for external mass storage or flash drives to be connected.

The MS500 runs ultra-quiet thanks to two key features. First, local music and the operating system are stored on a durable 500GB solid state drive (SSD) that has no moving parts to create noise; second, a fanless processor combined with improved ventilation means noisy cooling fans are not needed. The combination of these two things results in there being no noise to interfere with your music listening.

The MS500 can automatically synchronize the content stored on your networked computers so it is readily accessible and playable. All your content can be backed up to the Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud or Google Drive. This also allows for your music to be synchronized across multiple homes or locations when an MS500 is installed in each location. New music purchases from any of these cloud services can be automatically added to your library for easy playback.


A set of balanced and unbalanced analog outputs plus two digital outputs connect the MS500 to your preamplifier, integrated amplifier or other audio components. The MS500’s high quality digital to analog convertor (DAC) is isolated from the motherboard, ensuring your music is reproduced with extreme precision and elegance when using either of the analog outputs. Any one of the USB ports can also be used to connect an external component with a built-in DAC – including select McIntosh products;2 utilizing this external DAC, one additional independent audio zone can be created.

The MS500 utilizes a Linux based operating system that brings stability and is extremely responsive to user inputs. It is operated via the included remote control, a web browser or with free apps for iPhone, iPad or Android devices. The unit is compatible with many popular home automation systems allowing for easy integration into your existing setup. The timeless black glass front panel, illuminated logo and aluminum end caps make the MS500 a welcome addition to any audio system and room decor. Contact your local dealer to learn more.

MS500 Music Streamer is powered by Autonomic.

1) All services may not be available in all regions; certain services may not yet be enabled for all apps; subscriptions may be required. List subject to change.
2) Compatible McIntosh products with a DAC include the MA9000, MA8900, MA7200 and MA5300 Integrated Amplifiers; MAC7200 Receiver; C2600, C52, C47 and D1100 Preamplifiers; MX160 A/V Processor; MHA150 Headphone Amplifier; and MXA80 Integrated Audio System. List subject to change.


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Limitations on Non-McIntosh-Provided Services: Certain McIntosh Products are designed to employ non-McIntosh-provided services (such as, by way of example only, Amazon Cloud, Pandora, etc.), some of which require separate customer subscriptions and some of which do not, as part of the Products’ functionality. Because McIntosh cannot control the providers of such services or the services themselves, the owner of the Product therefore assumes all risks related to the use of services provided by anyone other than McIntosh itself. McIntosh cannot and does not warrant against, and shall have no liability of any kind for any of the following that are attributable to non-McIntosh providers or services: (i) interruption, discontinuance, or other unsatisfactory performance of service; (ii) reduced Product functionality that is so attributable; or (iii) any other loss or damage of any kind that is so attributable.

Pricing* and Availability
Orders are now being accepted for the MS500. Target retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded):

MS500: $6,000 USD

*Pricing subject to change.


Electronic Specifications
Total Harmonic Distortion0.005%
Signal To Noise Ratio102dB
Frequency Response2Hz to 22,000Hz
Output Impedance600 ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced)4/2 V RMS
Dynamic Range96dB
Unbalanced Input0
Digital Coaxial Input0
Digital Optical Output1
Network Connection1 (10/100/1000)
VGA Output1 (for GUI only)
Outputs Unbalanced1
Digital Coaxial Output1
Digital USB Input3 (2 USB 2.0 / 1 USB 3.0)
DVI Output0
eSata Input0
Outputs Balanced1
Digital Optical Input0
Digital USB Audio Output3 (only 1 can be used at a time)
HDMI Output1 (for GUI only)
Digital Audio Specifications
Digital Input FormatN/A
Digital Output Sample RateUp to 24-Bit/192kHz
Digital Input Sample RateN/A
Digital Output FormatSPDIF (PCM)
Power Control Input1
Rear Panel IR Sensor Input1
Power Control Output1
Rear Panel Data Input1
Weights & Dimensions
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.5" (44.45cm) x 3-7/8" (9.8cm) x 16" (40.64cm)
Weight13.5 lbs (6.1kg)
Shipping Weight28 lbs (12.7kg)

About McIntosh
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio. Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the infamous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. Visit to learn more.



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