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Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

TNT-Audio caught up with noted speaker designer David Smith, ex-JBL, McIntosh, KEF, Snell, and PSB. Join TNT and Speaker Dave on a journey into the heart of speaker design, its history and current trends. read more…

McIntosh Model MR67 FM Stereophonic Tube Tuner

McIntosh Model MR67 FM Stereophonic Tube Tuner

Specifications:

  • Manufactured from 1963-1968
  • Original retail price: $299
  • Weight: twenty-four and one half pounds Dimensions: 16 inches wide, 13 inches deep and 5 7/16 inches high without the cabinet.
  • Tubes: 6DS4,12AT7, 6AB4, 6AU6(3),
  • 6CS6, 6AV6, 6BL8(2), 6U8, 12AU7
  • Sensitivity:2.5uV
  • Audio Frequency Response:20-20kHz
  • Distortion: less than 0.5%
  • Image Rejection:60 dB or greater
  • Capture Ratio: 1.7 dB Stereo Separation: 30dB Limiters: two stages
  • IF Amplifiers: four stages
  • Due to it being discontinued please check with McIntosh for the accuracy of the above specifications

Manufacturer:

  • McIntosh Laboratory Inc.
  • 2 Chambers street
  • Binghamton, New York 13903-2699
  • Phone: 607-723-3512
  • Fax: 800-538-6576

A Look Into The Past

McIntosh has long been known for its tube audio gear. Collectors from all over the world, especially in Japan, have sought out their products. They have restored them and enjoy them to this very day. For a while here in America when McIntosh stopped making tube gear, in favor of the newer popular solid-state transistor designs of the 1970’s, most of us abandoned these tube pieces only to later discover what we had been missing. By that time a lot of McIntosh equipment had been bought by audiophiles in other countries and the prices were driven upwards as the supply dwindled. Today McIntosh tube gear will bring considerable money even if it is in need of professional restoration. Fortunately for us there are cottage industries in the United States that do specialize in restoring our McIntosh heritage gear to almost new condition. So we can once again begin to enjoy their physical beauty as well as their musical qualities.

Having owned a few pieces of McIntosh gear during my long journey as an audiophile I must say I do love the equipment. My only regret about them was in the selling of some older pieces I had collected. One thing that stands out about most McIntosh, gear whether old or new is the timeless beauty of the design that has helped many of their pieces to retain their value. It is not uncommon to pay more for an older McIntosh tube unit today then the original retail price over forty years ago. Of course today’s dollar is worth less than yesterdays and that must also be taken into consideration. Nevertheless, McIntosh tube audio gear tends to bring top dollar just look at EBAY and other places to see for yourself. Today I still own a classic McIntosh MC275 Tube amplifier, in excellent condition for its age. Of course I also own the MR67 Tube Tuner that is up for a nostalgic review today. read more…

McIntosh Laboratory MA6300

McIntosh Laboratory MA6300

Specifications:

  • Power Output into 8 ohms: 100 watts Power Output into 4 ohms: 160 watts Rated Power Band: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% from 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Damping Factor: 200 at 8 ohms; 100 at 4 ohms
  • Input Impedance: High Level:20K ohms; Phono: 47k ohms
  • Main output impedance: 50 ohms Dimensions (HxWxD): 7-5/8” x 17-1/2” x 22” Weight: 37lbs net; 55lbs boxed
  • Price: $4000

There is something to be said for reliability, longevity, and consistency. These uncommon attributes are coveted by nearly every respectable company in any given marketplace. This scarcity also means that those virtues are realized by only a select few. In the micro-market of high end audio, McIntosh Laboratory stands as one of those few, bringing forth and continuing a rich heritage that has remained unfettered by time.

Crafting high performance electronics since before my father was in diapers, McIntosh has established a reputation that even non audiophile muggle’s are familiar with – a feat that virtually no one company in the industry can lay clam to. Although McIntosh is often regarded as sourcing some of the best audio components in the business – they are also known for being, well… expensive.

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McIntosh Labs Introduces MCD 301 High Resolution SACD & CD Player

McIntosh Labs Introduces MCD 301 High Resolution SACD & CD Player

Long time audiophile specialists McIntosh Labs have added a third Super Audio CD player to their line up with the release of the MCD 301. The new high end disc player is a 2 Channel unit that plays Stereo Super Audio CD discs and Stereo CD discs as well as CD-R and CD-RW discs that have MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) music files. It will sell for a list price of $4,500 in the U.S. market. read more…

McIntosh MC275 Tube Amplifier (original 1960’s version)

McIntosh MC275 Tube Amplifier (original 1960’s version)

The original McIntosh MC275 stereo tube power amplifier is a thing of beauty. Looking at it one can only stare in awe at its craftsmanship and design. That alone would not be enough if it did not perform equally well to the task of reproducing music with grace and power.

Specifications:

  • Stereo or twin amplifier
  • 75-watts as stereo
  • 150-watts as monophonic
  • Harmonic Distortion >0.5% at 20Hz through 20,000 kHz
  • Noise and Hum 90db or more below rated output
  • Voltage Amplifier-one 12AX7 tube (drives both amps)
  • Phase Inverter-Two 12AU7 tubes Drive Amplifier-Two 12BH7 tubes Cathode Follower Drive-Two 12AT7 or 12AZ7
  • Output-Four KT88 or 6550 tubes
  • Weight 67 ½ lbs
  • Original price $444

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DVD-Audio and SACD Feature at Home Entertainment 2004

Home Entertainment Show 2004: The largest and most comprehensive showcase of consumer electronics and imaging products in America, returns to New York City May 20­23, 2004 at the Hilton New York Hotel, the site of two popular HE Shows held in 2001 and 2002. read more…

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