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Mcintosh celebrates 75th with MC2.1KW monster amp

McIntosh MC2.1KW monoblock power amplifier

McIntosh MC2.1KW monoblock power amplifier

McIntosh, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2024, announces the launch of its new MC2.1KW monoblock power amplifier, one of the brand’s most powerful amplifiers to date. The tri-chassis marvel possesses the ability to deliver an astonishing 2,000 Watts of pristine McIntosh power, offering a best-in-class user experience and setting a new industry standard for power and amplification.

The new MC2.1KW transforms the two-channel home audio reproduction experience, marking the brand’s 75th anniversary with pristine, powerful audio like never before. To commemorate this milestone, in each country McIntosh is distributed, the first 75 pairs of MC2.1KW sold in 2024 will include special anniversary badging with “75 Years” engraved in the handles and a special medallion with their 75th logo on top.

“A result of McIntosh’s 75 years as the leader of sound reproduction, the MC2.1KW is the pinnacle of audio amplification and a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to sonic perfection,” said McIntosh president Charlie Randall. “The perfect product to commemorate McIntosh’s 75th anniversary, the MC2.1KW is the embodiment of our passion, and it invites audio enthusiasts to embark on an extraordinary journey through sound with one of our most powerful amplifiers yet.”

Leveraging three separate modules – one output module that houses McIntosh’s famed bi-filar wound autoformer, and two power modules that each contain a 1,000-Watt amplifier, the MC2.1KW’s artful engineering delivers unmatched sound quality. Thanks to the brand’s autoformer and its unique ability to output full power at three separate impedances, the full 2,000 Watts of power can be delivered into a speaker no matter if its impedance is 2, 4 or 8 Ohms. It is ideally suited for audio systems that have power hungry loudspeakers, systems located in extremely large rooms, or for audio enthusiasts who demand the latest and best in state-of-the-art home audio amplification.

McIntosh MC2.1KW monoblock power amplifier

The following four existing McIntosh products will also be available in 2024 with optional anniversary badging: MC1.25KW Amplifier, C12000 Preamplifier, MA12000 Integrated Amplifier, and MCD12000 SACD/CD Player. The anniversary version of the C12000 will be limited to just 75 units per country.

Crafted with a stainless steel chassis polished to a gleaming mirrored finish and immaculate metal casework, the MC2.1KW is a visual masterpiece with black glass front panels, illuminated logos, rotary knobs, aluminium handles, and a responsive blue Wattmeter complete the timeless design.

The technology and key upgrades

Following the MC2KW’s introduction in 2005, the next generation MC2.1KW offers many sonic upgrades. Chief among them are substantially larger filter capacitors that improve the performance of low-end frequencies, as well as significantly improving dynamic headroom. There are patented Solid Cinch speaker binding posts for 2 Ohms, 4 Ohms, and 8 Ohms, with the connectors for each impedance rating located on a separate platform on the back of the Output Module. Each output platform also has three sets of identical binding posts to facilitate bi- or tri-wiring the loudspeaker.

Four McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks are found on each Power Module, which maintain efficient heat dissipation and ensure consistent audio quality from the first note to the last. In addition, the dual sets of balanced and unbalanced inputs on the MC2.1KW provide added system flexibility, conveniently providing listeners with the ability to connect to more than one preamplifier and easily switch between vacuum tube and solid state signals.

Other upgrades include enhanced circuit designs with modern components and shorter signal paths; updated electrical wiring; bayonet IP68 rated interconnect cables that connect the three modules together; and direct LED front panel lighting. Exclusive McIntosh technologies and features also include Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Quad Balanced Design and Power Control.

Availability

The MC2.1KW will be available through select authorized McIntosh dealers beginning in January 2024 and will retail for £59,995 / €64.990 / $50,000 USD.

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