(Editor's Note: Staff members at AVguide and The Perfect Vision generally favor the concept of combination Blu-ray/universal disc players--in part because we think many enthusiasts will, over the long haul, choose to use their "home theater" systems both for high-performance movie and music playback. In terms of versatility good Blu-ray/universal players are tough to beat, since they allow their owners to sample virtually any type of movie or music material, including audiophile-grade recordings released in high-res DVD-Audio or SACD formats. The latest such player to arrive on the market is McIntosh's MVP881 BR, which is being offered with a special promotion involving new materials from Neil Young. We present the text of McIntosh's MVP881 BR press release, below.).
-- Purchasers of McIntosh MVP881 BR Universal Blu-ray Player to Receive $25 Discount Coupon for “Neil Young Archives Volume 1” Box Set, Plus Special “Disc Zero” Promotional Disc --
Binghamton, NY, April 6, 2010 – McIntosh Laboratory, a global leader in home entertainment that has defined the highest quality in sound reproduction for over 60 years, is proud to announce that it is teaming up with Reprise Records and the Neil Young Archives for a promotion tied to its first-ever Universal Audio/Video Blu-ray Player, model MVP881 BR (SRP: $8,000), which is compatible with virtually all of today’s most advanced video and audio disc formats. As part of the limited-time promotion, purchasers of the McIntosh MVP881 Blu-ray player, which ships this month, will receive a free in-package "Disc Zero" promotional disc featuring selected tracks from the “Neil Young Archives Volume 1” 10-disc Blu-ray boxed set, along with a coupon (valid through 2011) entitling them to a $25 discount off of the purchase of the highly acclaimed collection.
McIntosh President Charlie Randall noted: “Our alliance with Reprise Records and Neil Young for this Blu-ray promotion is truly a match made in audiophile heaven. Both McIntosh and Neil Young share a longstanding devotion to high-quality sound, and we’ve both been strong advocates of Blu-ray, which offers music lovers a brand new level of audio quality and performance. To create the MVP881 Blu-ray player, McIntosh engineers and designers brought to the drawing table a combination of world-class expertise, technological virtuosity and sheer enthusiasm for their craft – all qualities that are reflected in Neil Young’s music and life over the years. The result is a new type of component that reproduces music in a more realistic and emotionally connecting way. We’re proud and honored to help bring this groundbreaking product to market through an alliance with Reprise Records and Neil Young.“
“Neil Young Archives Volume 1” is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by the artist himself. Volume 1 covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg, 1963, through to his classic 1972 album, “Harvest” and beyond, including studio and live tracks with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse. This 10-disc set holds a total of 128 tracks, all presented in high resolution 24-bit/96 Khz stereo PCM Audiophile quality sound, and featuring nearly 60 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks. The set also includes the full-length feature film “Journey Through the Past,” as well as a 238-page hardbound “journal” featuring Neil Young’s childhood photos, memorabilia, clippings recollections and more.