Next generation McIntosh amplifier is a 450W titan

posted on Thursday, 6th September 2018 by Steve May

High-end  Hi-fi  Amplifier 

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McIntosh Laboratory has unveiled the MC462, hailing it the most powerful stereo amplifier from the brand to date. Certainly this heavyweight packs a punch, with 450W of uncompromised amplification on tap. The MC462, a replacement for the MC452, also boasts an improvement in dynamic headroom (from 1.8dB to 3.0dB), and bigger bass performance.

While the MC462 retains the aesthetic of previous McIntoshes, there have been subtle changes made. The front panel now utilises direct LED backlighting to improve colour accuracy; the two audio Autoformers and single power transformer are housed in new enclosures topped by a single machined cover with glass inserts. The back-half of the amplifier is home to four McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks.

MC462 Angle Hi Res Crop

MC462 Back Hi Res Crop

Build quality is formidable. The MC462 resides in a polished stainless steel chassis. An eco-friendly power management system has been added, says the firm, while internal wiring and circuit components have been upgraded. Connectivity includes both balanced and unbalanced outputs. Outputs can drive a secondary system or powered subwoofer.

The MC462 retails for £12,495. Distribution is via Jordan Acoustics.

Steve May

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

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