McIntosh Audio has released four new products in the MC830 mono-block amplifier, C8 preamplifier, MC1502 vacuum tube amplifier and the C22 Mk V vacuum tube preamplifier, giving integrators a range of high-quality audio products.
The first release, the MC830 mono-block amplifier is a solid state amplifier that features an open chassis industrial design.
It’s a direct coupled output design that’s rated at 300W at 8Ω or 480W at 4Ω. A fast-responding Dual Scale Watt meter gives users an accurate readout of power output for both speaker impedances while McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks add visual appeal and will keep the MC830 running cool for optimum performance.
Both a balanced and unbalanced input is included for connecting it to the rest of your home music system.
Next is the C8 amplifier, an open chassis industrial design and is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes housed inside stylish protective cages.
It comes with one balanced and two unbalanced analogue inputs plus one moving coil and one moving magnet phono inputs with adjustable loading to play vinyl collections. All these inputs can be given user-friendly names to simplify user control while bass and treble tone controls help users fine tune their music to preferences.
The MC1502 vacuum tube amplifiers shares the styling of McIntosh’s classic amplifiers and has twice the stereo power rating of the MC275 (150W as opposed to 75W) and is physically larger, in many ways it can be considered the MC275’s big brother.
And while a pair of MC275s can be run in mono to achieve the 150W per channel output of the MC1502, the MC1502 boasts a better signal-to-noise ratio of 112dB vs. 105dB for the MC275 pairing – producing an even quieter performance than the already quiet MC275.
And the last product in the new release is the C22 Mk V vacuum tube preamplifier, the newest version of the C22 which is a direct replacement of the regarded C70 limited edition 70th anniversary model.
It uses one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes which can be seen through a glass panel located on the top of the preamp. Knobs and rocker switches operate all control functions while modern LED lights indicate input selection and volume level.
The C22 Mk V has two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, one Moving Coil and one Moving Magnet phono inputs, for a total of seven inputs. There are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced output connections; the two outputs allow sending signals to two separate power amplifiers.