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 MX 110Z?
- Frequency response:
- 20Hz to 20kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- Input sensitivity:
- 3mV (MM), 300mV (line)
- Signal to noise ratio:
- 80dB (line)
- 300mV (line), 3V (Pre out)
- 16 x 5-7/16 x 13 inches
What else to know about the McIntosh MX 110Z?
"Simply put, the MX110Z excels at playing music in an authoritative and vivid way that is very emotionally engaging. First of all, the MX110Z presents melodies, harmonies, and rhythms with a natural life-like momentum & dynamics (albeit with a very slight dynamic diminution at the micro & macro extremes compared to some of the very best modern gear), and tempos are portrayed so that both the mood and speed of the music are conveyed through it, just like with music in real life. Secondly, the MX110Z's tonality is superb by any standard past or present, and it excels at the reproduction of the textures, colors, tones and overtones that timbral listeners will revel in.
The MX110Z—and vintage McIntosh gear generally—plays music at live-like loudness (dB) levels very realistically, or as Steve put it, 'spooky real.' When I'm really into listening to an album for the live-like music experience, I like the loudness level to be similar to live loudness levels for the kind of music I'm listening to, which for the kind of music I listen to the most, jazz, usually means around 80dB or louder. I've also found the MX110Z to be very musically compelling when listening to music across a wide spectrum of volume levels too, from very soft background levels, all the way to blow-the-windows-out rock & roll levels.
The MX110Z is nicely transparent, which allowed me to hear deeply into the music-making fabric of a recording, and it throws a nice big three-dimensional soundstage with a large sense of ambient space, putting it in the same general league as any of the modern high-performance gear I've had in my system to listen to. The MX110Z isn't quite as resolving as some of the most resolving modern gear, but it's close enough that I didn't care.
Taking all of the MX110Z's positive musical & sonic attributes together, its ability to make FM, digital, and vinyl sources all sound like a magic music experience, it's truly a marvel of hi-fi accomplishment from the Golden Age of audio electronics that more than holds its own with anything today, and it is easily worthy of being at the center of any fine audio system." - From Positive Feedback
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.