More Power, Less Distortion

This Is McIntosh’s Most Powerful Stereo Amplifier


July 3, 2018 Tech By

McIntosh continues to pump out audiophile-grade machinery with signature blue/green glow, tactile knobs and black lacquer finish. In the past few months, the New York-based audio company has released a CD transport, an entry-level turntable, and a stereo amplifier — all follow this trending — and the company’s latest entry, the MC462 stereo amplifier, is no different.

The MC462 looks nearly identical to the MC611 stereo amplifier that was announced in February, but MC462 is significantly more powerful, able to output a total of 900 watts (450 per channel), and takes the place of the well-loved MC452 as the company’s most powerful stereo amplifier. The MC462 is unique because it features what McIntosh calls “Autoformers” that are connected to each audio channel; according to the company, these enable the connected speakers to receive the full 450-watts, no matter if the speakers have an impedance of 2, 4 or 8.

Also different, the MC462’s filter capacity has been increased by nearly 50-percent, which has results in 66-percent more dynamic headroom (from 1.8dB to 3.0dB) — this allows “the MC462 to easily handle drastic swings in dynamics and effortlessly reproduce your favorite music with virtually no distortion,” according to the company.

The McIntosh MC462 is available for preorder through authorized dealers (which you can find on the company’s website) and it’s expected to start shipping later this month. The MC462 is expected to cost $9,000.

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