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It hit me not long ago: I need more Mac in my life! I promptly purchased the current production version of McIntosh Laboratory’s time-honored MC275 tubed amplifier, to mate to the Mac C2300 tubed preamplifier I already owned. The recently reinvigorated debate in these pages comparing solid-state and single-ended tube designs got me to thinking. One thing led to another, and voilà! McIntosh’s latest solid-state stereo amplifier, the MC462 Quad Balanced ($9000), arrived, bolted to a shipping pallet and encased in two big, heavy, nested boxes.… Read the full article
The McIntosh MPC500 provides its 240V a.c. mains protection by using three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs), plus voltage monitoring, so the MPC500 will automatically switch off connected devices in a brown-out. The a.c. line is also filtered to prevent against electromagnetic interference. For Ethernet, coaxial, and other low voltage devices the McIntosh MPC500 provides protection via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVSs).… Read the full article
Despite the challenging acoustics of air-walled conference rooms, retailer Audio Video Interiors produced extremely satisfying sound. True to McIntosh Laboratory’s sonic signature, the company’s C-1100 preamp ($14,000), relatively new 600Wpc MC-611 monoblocks ($15,000/pair), and MPC-1500 line filter ($5500) produced a beautiful, strong midrange and mellow top. On Steven Strauss’s “Old Crow,” for example, the clangy metal of electric guitar took second place to the smoothness of the instrument’s midrange core. Ditto for a recording of a medieval-sounding “Hopper Dance” from an old (as in olde) Telarc Surround Sampler, where deep bass was excellent and the trumpet’s metallic top was muted.… Read the full article
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Binghamton, NY – April 3, 2019 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the MPC500 Power Controller.
Inconsistency in power quality can cause costly damage to electronic devices. Protect that home audio investment with the MPC500 Power Controller.
In addition to all current McIntosh preamps and integrated amplifiers, the McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver; MHA150 Headphone Amplifier; and MXA80 Integrated Audio System have also been approved by Roon.
Roon is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform that offers features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support and, most importantly, Signal Path display.… Read the full article