McIntosh Expertly Blends Analog and Digital Audio Technology with this Versatile Preamp
Note: We drafted this wildly popular blog last year and generated a lot of curiosity about this McIntosh preamplifier. Now that you’re at home, and you rely on home audio and entertainment for your lifestyle, it’s time to take a second look at the McIntosh C2700.
Many would describe the McIntosh lineup as “iconic,” largely due to its glossy design, vintage logo and time-tested sound quality. Not to mention, they have built a sonic legacy since they started in 1949 and have continued to develop their product offerings since. Fast-forward to the 2020s, and McIntosh keeps making audio technology that never fails to seem modern. That’s why the brand is still a trusted source for speakers, amps, receivers and preamps alike. Keep reading to learn more details about their C2700 preamplifier and the specific features you’ll appreciate for many years.
The MA352 Combines the Richness of Vacuum Tubes with the Power of Solid-State for Stellar Audio Quality
Note: We wrote this blog last year to highlight one of our favorite audio products, the McIntosh MA352. This amplifier was released about two years ago and has proven its worth ever since with discriminating audiophiles and casual audio enthusiasts alike.
It’s no surprise that other amplifiers have been introduced to the market in the past two years, so what’s special about this McIntosh MA352 that makes us still recommend it in 2020? The MA352 is packed with numerous McIntosh technologies. According to Audio Advice, these are some of its most noteworthy, futureproof features:
- Patented Power Guard® technology that monitors the output signal for over driving and makes real time micro adjustments to the input signal to prevent harsh sounding clipping that could potentially damage your speakers.
- Fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit Sentry Monitor™ that will disengage the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal.
- McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which are connected to advanced high current output transistors that minimize thermal equilibrium lag (or warm-up) time.
- High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®)
- A 5-band analog tone control allows for manual adjustment of your favorite recordings (each band adjustable by ± 12dB).
- Home Theater Pass Through lets it be seamlessly integrated into a home theater system
- Power Control to send power on/off signals to connected McIntosh components for easy system power up and shutdown.
- Data Ports to send remote control commands to connected source components.
McIntosh Audio Brings the Perfect Mix of Convenience and Performance with their MTI100 Integrated Turntable
Will the turntable trend continue into the new decade? The turntable’s history is long and storied, reaching all the way back to the phonograph’s invention in the 1800s. Next came the hand-crank-powered gramophone, which traced grooves onto a cylinder with a needle. When the cylinder was replaced by a flat disk, the turntable as we know it was born.
In the 1930s, wind-up players were being replaced by their electric-powered successors, and after the increasing popularity of bulky turntable systems with built-in amplification and speakers, came the rise of the dedicated hi-fi record player. Given its long history, there’s something about a turntable that feels like a time capsule, even now. Will you still see it in smart homes throughout the 2020s? We think so, especially with the modernized technology we see from audio giants like McIntosh.
Here is our review of this turntable from last year.
The MX170 and MX123 Stand at the Pinnacle of AV Processors
McIntosh Audio has a long history, celebrating 70 years of innovation in high-end audio. Like Klipsch, this is an American audio brand that has always stayed true to its roots. In McIntosh’s case, they focus on building impeccable products for the most discerning customers.
Some McIntosh products are more affordable than others, and in the past few years, the company has branched out into headphones and other lifestyle products. But with McIntosh, there’s no “low end.” Every product offered is designed to compete at the highest echelons of audio performance.
While McIntosh is well known for hi-fi two-channel audio, the company has long made stellar home theater components, too. In this blog, we'll tell you about the latest iterations of their AV processor line, the MX170 and MX123. If you're looking for the ultimate in home theater or media room audio and video performance, look no further.
Keep reading to see why!