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McIntosh Announces MPC500 Power Controller

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McIntosh Labs is unveiling a new power protection unit, the MPC500. Get that expensive A/V gear covered with surge protection and EMI filtering. Availability = soon, pricing is set at $2,500US. Details after the fold.

Press Release

Binghamton, NY – April 3, 2019 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the MPC500 Power Controller.

Inconsistency in power quality can cause costly damage to electronic devices. Protect that home audio investment with the MPC500 Power Controller. Featuring cascaded surge protection, the MPC500 delivers full mode AC power line surge protection, such as from a lightning strike, as well as protecting low voltage devices against secondary surges and spikes that can occur after the initial event.

AC power line protection is accomplished with the use of three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs) – which are far safer than traditional MOVs – that provide Line to Neutral, Line to Ground and Neutral to Ground protection. For secondary surge events, the MPC500 provides protection for ethernet, coaxial, and other low voltage devices via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) components. Also included in the MPC500 is electromagnetic interference (EMI) filtering of the AC line and over/under voltage protection, which will switch off the rear receptacles to keep connected devices safe from trying to operate at undesired voltage levels.

The MPC500 includes either 8 Type B1 (a.k.a. NEMA 5-15R) or 4 Type F1 (a.k.a. CEE 7/3 or “Schuko”) receptacles; only the appropriate version is available in each individual country to ensure compatibility with local power systems. Control of each receptacle can be configured via the rear panel Power Control ports or through the setup menus on the front panel.

The front panel display can list input voltage, the amount of current being drawn through the receptacles, or total (apparent) power. Regardless of receptacle type, all versions of the MPC500 feature the timeless McIntosh black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminum end caps.

1) As defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Pricing and Availability

Orders for the MPC500 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in April 2019.

Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $2,500 USD.







1 Comment on McIntosh Announces MPC500 Power Controller

  1. Maybe this unit will look better in person. For me it looks like a dressed up run of the mill power conditioner. At the $2500 price point I’d rather one of the boutique power conditioners where power is their primary focus.

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