McIntosh Laboratory

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McIntosh Labs
Type Corporation
Industry Electronics
Founded 1949
Headquarters Binghamton, New York, United states
Key people Frank McIntosh, Founder
Products Audio equipment
Parent Fine Sounds SpA
Website McIntosh

McIntosh Laboratory is an American manufacturer of handcrafted high-end audio equipment based in Binghamton, New York. The company was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh.[1] McIntosh is highly recognizable for their black glass front panels, "McIntosh Blue" amplifier power meters and iconic logo.

Company history[edit]

In 1946 Frank McIntosh, a design consultant for broadcast and TV stations, hired Gordon Gow to help him design a high power, low distortion amplifier needed for his clients. This amplifier would become the 50W-1. It included McIntosh’s first patented circuit, the Unity Coupled Circuit, still used by current products.[1]

In 1956, the company moved to its current location of 2 Chambers Street, Binghamton, New York.[2]

Dave O’Brien joined McIntosh in 1962. He led the McIntosh Amplifier Clinics for the next 30 years.

McIntosh created a Loudspeaker division 1967[3]

MC2505 solid-state stereo power amplifier
Year Product
1949 50W-1 power amplifier
1950 AE-1 preamplifier
1953 A116 power amplifier, C108 preamplifier
1954 MC30 power amplifier, C4 preamplifier
1957 MR55 AM-FM tuner
1960 MC240 stereo power amplifier
1962 MC275 stereo power amplifier, MX110 tuner-preamplifier
1963 MR67 tuner
1963 MR71 tuner
1964 C24 preamplifier
1965 MC250 solid state power amplifier, MAC1500 receiver
1967 MC2100, MC2105, MC2505 solid state power amplifiers
1968 MX112 solid-state tuner-preamplifier
1970 ML1, ML2, ML4 loudspeaker line
1971 MC2300 power amplifier
1972 MR78 tuner
1980 MC2500 power amplifier, XRT20 loudspeaker system
1985 MCD7000 CD player
2003 MC501 monoblock amplifier
2004 MC275 Mark V amplifier, XLS loudspeaker

McIntosh amplifiers were used at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.[4]

The Grateful Dead's “Wall of Sound” reputedly used forty-eight 300-watt per channel McIntosh model MC 2300 solid state amplifiers for a total of 28,800 watts of continuous power[5]

Frank McIntosh retired in 1977 and Gordon Gow became President of McIntosh.[6]

More notable products[edit]

Early 1970s MC 2300 Power Amplifier 300 WPC Early 1980s MC 2500 Power Amplifier 500 WPC Power Guard and similar chassis to MC 2300 Around 1990 MC 2600 Power Amplifier 600 WPC Power Guard final version on MC 2300 Chassis Around 1990 MC 7300 300 WPC and much smaller than MC 2300

Japanese years[edit]

McIntosh MA6800 integrated amplifier.

The company was purchased by Japanese car audio maker Clarion in 1990. McIntosh components, particularly the early tube models, are highly regarded in Japan. In a speech shortly after the purchase, Clarion president Yutaka Oyamada told McIntosh employees, "...we like McIntosh as it is, and we have no intention of changing what has made it so successful."[7] Since the Clarion purchase, McIntosh has expanded into car audio and home theater.

In May 2003, McIntosh was sold by Clarion to D&M Holdings, also of Japan. McIntosh continues to operate independent engineering, design, and production operations in accordance with the company's tradition.

Italian years[edit]

On October 8, 2012, Fine Sounds SpA of Milan, Italy announced it had purchased McIntosh.

Car audio[edit]

Models currently available include a CD changer, CD changer/AM/FM controller, and an external DAC.

Unique features such as the Fast Responding Wattmeter and the patented Power Guard circuitry set their amplifiers apart from others' products; currently, there are seven models, offering from 75 to 2000 watts, divided amongst one to six channels. High quality power supplies, powerful circuit topologies, and balanced inputs complete each amplifier.

At the end of the chain lie their hand-built drivers, which come in standard 5-1/4″ and 6-1/2″ nominal sizes; all current models are two-way systems, utilizing either an MS10 or MS20 tweeter. All applicable car products are finished with McIntosh's signature glass plate displays.

A few vehicles are available from the factory with McIntosh sound systems, including Subaru Legacy/Outback models (starting from the BH & BE Legacy chassis's and the 2005–2006 Ford GT.

Mobile App[edit]

McIntosh Labs mobile app 'AP1 AUDIO PLAYER', developed by [x]cubelabs, enables its customers listen to the music on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app features the company's signature blue meters and has interface inspired from company's line of audio equipment. Later on the company also introduced AirPlay technology in the app to help users wirelessly stream music to their devices.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "McIntosh | Heritage". Mcintoshlabs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ "McIntosh | Heritage". Mcintoshlabs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ "McIntosh | Heritage". Mcintoshlabs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Grateful Dead and the Wall of Sound". Wallofsound.ws. 1974-05-17. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "McIntosh | Heritage". Mcintoshlabs.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ "McIntosh Laboratory Part 2". Roger-russell.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

External links[edit]

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