McIntosh MC 2125 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

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 2125?

Power output:
120 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo), 240 watts into 8Ω (mono)
Frequency response:
20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion:
0.1%
Damping factor:
20
Input sensitivity:
0.75V
Signal to noise ratio:
95dB
Speaker load impedance:
2Ω to 16Ω
Semiconductors:
8 x IC, 45 x transistors, 45 x diodes
Dimensions:
16 x 5.4 x 13 inches
Weight:
65

What else to know about the McIntosh MC 2125?

"The MC2125 was in the first line of McIntosh power amps to feature Power Guard, a switchable anti-clipping circuit for high output levels. Densely packed at 65 pounds, it has the traditional MC self illuminating faceplate and blue VU meters.

I picked this unit up $600 at local electronics thrift store complete with owners manual, schematic, and original owners registration from 1981, thereby changing my life, and assuring it family heirloom status. Had previously been using a B&K 4420EX which was greatly appreciated, but the MC2125, wow! Those blue meters, the chrome chassis, the huge honkin' caps and outputs exposed. As Gene Sheppard said in A Christmas Story, 'The soft glow of electric sex'.

My B&K had a nice, dark, analytical sound, but the McIntosh is BIG, warm, with way better bass extension. I never understood when reviewers would refer to an amps 'slam', but now I sure do! The transient of a good kick drum is like a shot to the gut. Monster soundstage. This is it folks - the last power amp I will own!

Pros:

Eveything you've ever heard about McIntosh solid state in spades. Massive soundstage, tight image, revealing inner detail. Never breaks a sweat. And, oh, that blue glow in the corner of the living room!

Cons:

Really inhospitable, old school binding posts for speaker cables. Will probably throw my back out having this be the one item I rescue from my house as it burns down.

Similar products used:

B&K, Luxman, NAD" - From AudioReview.com

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?

If you are interested in selling your used McIntosh equipment to us in the greater NYC area or Colorado, please click here to fill out a Free Quote Form and we will get back to you. If we agree on terms, we come to meet you where you want, and pay cash.

The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.