Iconic blue meters. Warm, full, powerful sound. That’s what Mac means to me. This time out, we’re getting treated to an update/upgrade to the monoblock MC601 power amps. Want to hear what 600 watts can do to and with your speakers? Sure you do. Dealers should be seeing them shortly.
From the press release:
Binghamton, NY – February 7, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier.
The monoblock MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier produces 600 Watts of power – enough to satisfy nearly any loudspeaker. A pair of MC611s can easily drive an impressive home stereo system, or add additional units to power each speaker of a home theater. Utilizing our unique output Autoformer™ technology, the full 600 Watts will be delivered to the speaker regardless if it has 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance, allowing the MC611 to be used to its full potential.
The MC611 has received numerous updates and improvements compared to the previous MC601 model. Chief among them is that filter capacity has been doubled which has resulted in a dramatic 55% increase in dynamic headroom from 1.8dB to 2.8dB. This twofold increase in filter capacity also helps improve the performance of low end bass frequencies.
The front panel features new direct LED backlighting for improved appearance and color accuracy. On top, the audio Autoformer and power transformer are now contained in new glass topped enclosures. Behind them are 2 of our Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which connect to advanced high current output transistors that help eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time.
On the back, there continues to be 3 sets of our Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts (1 set for each speaker impedance), but space has been added between each set to allow for easier speaker cable connectivity. Other enhancements include heavier gauge internal wiring, upgraded circuit components and the addition of our eco-friendly power management system.
In addition to all these improvements, the MC611 remains full of other exclusive McIntosh technologies including Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, a Quad Balanced design and Power Control. Both a balanced and unbalanced output are included to make bi-amping or tri-amping speakers easier; they can also be used to send the audio signal to a secondary system or to connect a powered subwoofer.
The MC611 sits on a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh aesthetic of a black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, aluminum handles and a large 8” (20.3 cm) fast responding blue Watt meter.
Pricing and Availability
Orders for the MC611 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in February.
Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $7,500 USD
Founded in 1949, McIntosh Laboratory is known for offering distinguished quality audio products, superior customer service and the ultimate experience in music and film. All McIntosh products are handcrafted at the Binghamton, NY factory by over 150 employees with a passion for music and the McIntosh heritage. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world, with the iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters globally recognized as a symbol of quality audio. Since its inception, McIntosh has been powering some of the most important moments in music history and pop culture. From President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech to Woodstock to the famous Grateful Dead “Wall of Sound,” McIntosh has not only witnessed history, it has shaped it. With McIntosh, customers have the ability to create their own premium audio experience – and truly live their music. Visit www.mcintoshlabs.com to learn more.