In celebration of its 70th anniversary, McIntosh has launched a special limited edition commemorative system that includes two new audio products: the MC2152 70th Anniversary vacuum tube amplifier, and the C70 70th anniversary vacuum tube pre-amplifier.
Both new products are specially marked, and have matching serial numbers. A copy of the "...for the love of music..." McIntosh History Book is also included, and contains a certificate authenticating the system. Only 70 Commemorative Systems will be produced, and for each of the 70 systems sold, McIntosh will donate US$1,000 to global humanitarian organization Save the Children, which will be celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2019.
"We are honoured to be entering our 70th year of fulfilling Mr. Mac's vision of bringing world class home audio equipment to music and audio lovers everywhere," says McIntosh President Charlie Randall. "We've been fortunate to be able to do what we love to do for so long. We couldn't have done that without the support of all our customers, dealers, and distributors, and I'd like to thank each one of them. And since we have been so fortunate, we are delighted to be able to give back to those in need via a donation to Save the Children, a truly worthwhile charity dedicated to helping children everywhere."
"We are grateful to McIntosh for making us a part of their 70th anniversary celebration," adds Save the Children Executive Vice President and COO Carlos Carrazana. "Next year is also significant for Save the Children as we commemorate our 100th anniversary - a milestone that could not be possible without the support of partnerships like this."
The MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier is a 150 Watt per channel stereo amplifier that uses the company's patented Unity Coupled Circuit output transformer technology - the same technology the company was founded on in 1949. The full 150 Watts can be delivered to almost any pair of speakers regardless if they have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance. It features a bead blasted black anodized aluminum chassis accentuated with matte finish carbon fiber side panels. The front panel showcases a backlit laser cut McIntosh logo flanked by classic McIntosh knobs. The vacuum tubes are covered by a 12-gauge stainless steel wire cage with a black powder coated finish. To the back are the two Unity Coupled Output Transformers with the power transformer centered between them. All three transformers are housed in glass topped extruded enclosures displaying the wiring diagram for each transformer. A 70th Anniversary badge is laser engraved into the top plate of the enclosures.
Using eight KT88 output vacuum tubes plus eight small signal tubes comprised of four 12AX7A and four 12AT7 vacuum tubes, half of the tube complement is assigned to each audio channel. The 12AX7A vacuum tubes are for the Balanced and Input amps, while the 12AT7 tubes are for the Voltage and Driver amps. The LEDs under the eight small signal tubes can be set to three illumination settings: Off (which allows the tubes natural amber glow to be visible), green, or blue - a new colour option unique to the MC2152. Sentry Monitor technology monitors the output current and shuts the amplifier off if it ever exceeds safe limits.
On the back are both balanced and unbalanced inputs, along with McIntosh's patented Solid Cinch speaker binding posts to securely connect speaker cables, and an input and output for our Power Control technology that will automatically turn other connected McIntosh components on and off.
Complementing the MC2152 is the C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which features an all-analog and retro look, with a glass front panel inscribed with special McIntosh 70th Anniversary lettering.
The C70 features one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes that are visible through a glass panel on the top cover. All control operations are done via knobs and rocker switches. Modern LED indicators will denote input selection and volume level. The C70 has seven inputs consisting of two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. For outputs, there are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced connections.
On the front panel, bass and treble tone controls are included and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Rotary knobs are also used to adjust the impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs. In addition to controlling the listening level, the volume knob can also adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels. A ¼" headphone jack powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier is included and features Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. HXD brings added dimension to music in a natural sounding way, says McIntosh, but can be turned off depending on your preferences. Five rocker switches are used to control the following functions: tone control on/ off; change between mono and stereo mode; HXD on/off; and to turn the independent output 1 and output 2 on/off.
The C70 sits atop a polished stainless steel chassis and features the McIntosh black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminum end caps. Power Control technology is included with four ports that can automatically turn other connected McIntosh components on and off. Data ports are also present and can control basic functions of connected McIntosh source components such as CD Players via the C70's remote control.
Orders for the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System can be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers, with shipping expected to begin in December. Suggested retail price of the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded) is US$22,000.
After the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative Systems are sold out, the MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and the C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier will be available separately for US$15,000 for the MC2152 and US$7,000 for the C70.
McIntosh was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh, otherwise known as "Mr. Mac." Through its history, McIntosh products have been present during a number of iconic moments in pop culture history, including Lyndon Johnson's inauguration speech, Woodstock, and the famous Grateful Dead "Wall of Sound." All of the company's products are handcrafted at a factory in Birmingham, NY.