McIntosh has been hand-making world-class amplifiers for seven decades. Each component is produced in the same upstate New York factory the company has called home for 60 years. Recognized and revered around the globe, McIntosh continues to set new standards for high-end performance, unstinting reliability, and product longevity. Its storied tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship, pride, and service is shared by only the most iconic American brands. In an era where manufacturing shortcuts and outsourcing are the norm, McIntosh takes a no-compromise approach defined by hands-on workmanship, singular expertise, and an unabated passion for being the best in its field. These rarified characteristics set McIntosh apart. While most audio companies emulate the competition, McIntosh leads by living up to—and exceeding—its own benchmarks.
McIntosh amplifiers broadcast President Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration speech and powered the original Woodstock festival. Nearly 29,000 watts of McIntosh power fueled the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound, regarded by many as the finest-sounding concert system ever devised. McIntosh has assisted in the recording of some of history’s most celebrated albums, including the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. David Bowie collaborator/noted producer Tony Visconti and Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir are among the countless McIntosh devotees. Thousands of older McIntosh components remain active in systems, having been built to last a lifetime. The history is clear: With McIntosh, you’re not only considering today but planning for endless tomorrows. McIntosh is legacy audio you bequeath to future generations. The reason wish lists exists, McIntosh is the dream you aspire to own and, once you do, you cherish forever.
Visually, the gentle glow of McIntosh’s signature Blue Watt meters tells you that you own a legend—and that you made the right choice. Those soft blue lights convey comfort, coolness, and character. Known even to non-audiophiles, McIntosh’s stylish meters also serve a practical purpose that guards against speaker damage. McIntosh’s namesake black faceplates claim an equally famous pedigree. Whether 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thick, every glass faceplate is cut with garnet dust to diminish friction and guarantee a perfect finish. The unrivaled appearance further owes to the application of 12 layers of paint and final examination by a white-gloved specialist. This combination of personal care, old-school values, and human involvement exemplifies what makes McIntosh different—and better.