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 75?
- Power output:
- 75 watts into 8Ω (mono)
- Frequency response:
- 20Hz to 20kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- Damping factor:
- Input sensitivity:
- Signal to noise ratio:
- Speaker load impedance:
- 2Ω to 8Ω
- Valve complement:
- 1 x 12AX7A, 2 x 12AT7, 2 x KT88
- 17.8 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
- 38 lbs
What else to know about the McIntosh MC 75?
"Tube gear has this way of presenting a "magical" mid-range that is difficult to reproduce, even much more expensive solid-state gear. Those who love listening to music through tubes swear there is nothing better. I have not recently counted but am sure I have over one hundred "spare" tubes of excellent quality and rarity in storage awaiting their turn in various gear. Yes, I am a tube roller and if there was a support center for us my wife would surely sign me up. In fact I wish she would so tube enthusiasts like me could meet to swap or purchase even more tubes from one another on the pretense of meeting for therapy. Being a hopeless tube audiophile, reviewing tube gear could not make me happier. There is something about not only the glow from tubes but also that extra connection one gets with audio gear when changing them to fine tune the sound to your taste and system that is just so much fun.
The McIntosh C22 tube preamplifier delivers a lot for $6000. You get a well-designed remote control unit; tone controls to tailor fit the sound to your room and a high-end phono stage for not only moving magnet but moving coil cartridges as well. The C22 also has selectable resistance and capacitive loading to aide in matching phono cartridge and turntable. Inside you will find six 12AX7a tubes and electromagnetic input-switching for reliable, noiseless, distortion-free operation (usually running less than 0.08%). Basically what you are getting is a retro styled C22 but with modern updated technology.
Being a mono amplifier the MC75 will provide the ultimate in stereo separation being that each channel will have a separate amplifier driving it. At 75 Watts of power output into a 2, 4 or 8 Ohm loudspeaker with less than 0.5% distortion the MC75 has ample power to drive most loudspeakers and my Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy speakers were more than happy being paired to them. These amplifiers came standard with a tube cage, XLR/RCA inputs, Sentry Monitor Tube Protection Circuitry and Multifilar Wound Output Transformers (which are part of McIntosh's patented Unity Coupled Circuit) to extend tube life and frequency while lowering distortion. You get all this and more for only $7500 a pair, or $3750 apiece.
One thing that always concerns me with tube gear is noise but with these two units it never became an issue. This combination of C22 preamplifier and MC75 amplifiers was a joy to have in my home. Not only did they sound marvelous but their throw-back look took me back to a time of my youth that was wonderful to remember. While it is impossible to go back to those days it certainly is possible to purchase these units with which to enjoy music today. Buying older McIntosh gear is fun but here with this combination you need not worry about restoring the units physically or electronically and guess what? They come with a McIntosh factory warranty and to me that means a great deal. If pushed to sum up my experience with the C22 and MC75 in just one word it would have to be "amazing". I loved them both and each one gets a big thumb up! Bravo to the people at McIntosh Labs." - EnjoyTheMusic.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?
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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.