McIntosh confirms single 70th anniversary system UK bound

posted on Monday, 17th December 2018 by Steve May

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McIntosh will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019 with a special Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System, priced at £25,000. Only 70 Commemorative Systems to be available, with each to benefit Save the Children. For each one sold, McIntosh will donate $1,000 to Save the Children.

Just one system is coming to the UK.

The commemorative system is comprised of two new audio products: the MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and the C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Both are specially marked and have matching serial numbers, and a certificate of authenticity.

The MC2152 (below) is a designed 150 watt per channel stereo amplifier, with a new cosmetic design:a bead-blasted black anodized aluminum chassis, with matte finish, carbon fibre side panels.

MC2152 70th Anniversary Engraving StC

MC2152 Angle Right Blue Tubes Background

The front panel showcases a backlit laser-cut McIntosh logo flanked by classic McIntosh knobs.

The vacuum tubes are covered by a 12-gauge stainless steel wire cage with a black powder-coated finish. To the back, are the two Unity Coupled Output Transformers with the power transformer centered between them. All three transformers are housed in glass-topped extruded enclosures displaying the wiring diagram for each transformer. A 70th Anniversary badge is laser etched into the top plate of the enclosures.

Connectictions include both balanced and unbalanced inputs, along with McIntosh's patented Solid Cinch speaker binding posts.

C70 Hero

C70 Back Background

Partnering the amp is the retro-style C70 Vacuum Tube preamplifier (pictured above). This features one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes that are visible through a glass panel on the top cover. Control is via knobs and rocker switches. Front panel bass and treble tone controls can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Rotary knobs are also used to adjust the impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs.

The C70 has seven inputs consisting of two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. For outputs, there are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced connections.

Once the 70th Anniversary Limited Edition commemorative systems are sold out, the vacuum tube amplifier and the C70 preamp will be available separately, priced £16,000 and £9000 respectively.

“We are honored to be entering our 70th year of fulfilling Mr. Mac’s vision of bringing world-class home audio equipment to music and audio lovers everywhere,” explains McIntosh President Charlie Randall. “We’ve been fortunate to be able to do what we love to do for so long. We couldn’t have done that without the support of all our customers, dealers and distributors, and I’d like to thank each one of them,” Randall added. “And since we have been so fortunate, we are delighted to be able to give back to those in need via a donation to Save the Children, a truly worthwhile charity dedicated to helping children everywhere.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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