McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.
What are the specs for the Conrad-Johnson MV-60?
- Power (ultralinear operation):
- 55 watts per channel from 30 Hz to 15 kHz at no more than 1% THD, both channels driven into 4, 8, or 16 Ohms (when re-connected for the chosen load impedance)
- Power (triode operation):
- 25 watts per channel from 30 Hz to 15 kHz at no more than 1.5% THD, both channels driven into 4, 8, or 16 ohms. (when re-connected for the chosen load impedance)
- .8 volts rms to rated power (ultra-linear)
- 26 dB
- Freqency Response:
- 20 Hz to 20 KHz +0/-.5 dB
- Hum and Noise:
- 95 dB below 55 watts
- Input Impedance:
- 100 Kohms
- phase correct
- 17.625W | 7H | 13.25D inches
- 48 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson MV-60?
"Compared to the McIntosh MC2102 amplifier (which, at $6000, costs more than twice as much as the MV60), the C-J had what sounded like a slight accentuation of the upper midrange. The Mac produced a somewhat more relaxed sound. Which amp was ""right""? Danged if I know. I do know that I could live happily with either.
The McIntosh MC2102 gets 100Wpc from a quartet of more powerful KT88 or 6550 output tubes, while the MV60 delivers 55Wpc from a single pair of less powerful EL34s. In other words, it could be that the Mac sounds more relaxed because it doesn't drive its output tubes so hard.
But I keep coming back to the fact that the Mac costs twice as much. For $2795, I loved the Conrad-Johnson MV60. And I found I had enough power—except with the MartinLogan Ascents, where I would have welcomed an even tighter grip on the bass. With the Quads, with the two Triangle designs, the MV60 had all the power I needed, as well as good bass control, excellent top-end extension, and great resolution.
Do be careful about your source equipment. If you have the money, it wouldn't be foolish to mate the MV60 with the Premier 17LS line stage. Most likely, though, people looking for a matching preamp will consider C-J's PV14L vacuum-tube line stage, which goes for $1995. Unfortunately, I haven't heard it yet." - Stereophile, Tellig
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