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 McIntosh MC 1201?
- Output power:
- 1200W into 8, 4, or 2 ohms (30.8dBW, 27.8dBW, 24.8dBW, respectively), minimum sinewave continuous average power output rated 20Hz-20kHz.
- Output RMS voltage:
- 98V across 8 ohms, 69.3V across 4 ohms, 49V across 2 ohms.
- 0.005% maximum from 250mW to rated power output.
- Intermodulation distortion:
- SMPTE 0.005% maximum if instantaneous peak power output does not exceed twice the output power rating.
- Dynamic headroom:
- Frequency responses:
- 20Hz-20kHz, +0/-0.25dB; 10Hz-100kHz, +0/-3.0dB.
- Input sensitivity:
- 2.45V unbalanced, 4.9V balanced.
- Signal/noise ratio:
- 93dB, A-weighted, unbalanced (120dB below rated output), 97dB balanced (124dB below rated output).
- Damping factor:
- 8 ohm output, !w100.
- Input impedance:
- 10k ohms.
- Power Guard:
- less than 2% THD with 14dB overdrive.
- Power requirements:
- 120V, 50/60Hz, 15A UL/CSA.
- 17.75" (460mm) W by 11" (280mm) H by 19.625" (500mm) D.
- 147 lbs.
What else to know about the McIntosh MC 1201?
"The McIntosh MC1201s are hugely powerful amplifiers whose true outer limits I never reached. The JMlab Utopias are so efficient that if I played them any louder than I did, I'd have blown my ears out. The Macs were like big, burbling V8s. You can mosey a 427 'Vette around at 5mph to leer at the babes, but a simple stab at the Loud pedal will launch you immediately into HyperSpace, leaving your hairpiece fluttering in the breeze. Or cruisin' on a $60k "hawg" (hardly) from California Choppers and "blatting" the proles with a run up the revs. Ah, life is good.
The MC1201 is not voluptuous like the MC2000, la dolce vita of tube amps. Nope, these monsters are for guys who'd rather get switched than have anything other than McIntosh. Like my pal Dan Billet. If you're a successful McIntosh kinda guy, you like a somewhat forward sound in the highs, and you absolutely love big blue meters...what's stoppin' you? If you're some kinda Liberal Democrat New Yawkah like yrs trly and you're spoiled rotten more often than not, well, you might pick a few nits—mostly in that little tipped-up region in the lower midrange that makes the MC1201 sound rather more "hi-fi" than I prefer on some absolute scale of perfection. And the MC1201 is perhaps not the last word in ultimate resolution.
But, as Kal Rubinson said some time ago regarding another component, that's my problem. It might not be yours" - Stereophile
Brief History of McIntosh
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy
Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.
StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?
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