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Pros: Amazing in every way
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I used to have a sniffy attitude toward receivers. To me, they were a compromise product for the kind of listener who wouldn't or couldn't be bothered with the superior sound of separate components. But as I looked into the details of the MAC6700 stereo receiver, my attitude took a serious hit. That's because McIntosh has clearly designed this beast of a receiver to deliver performance every bit as stunning as their separate amps, preamps, and tuners, only with the convenience of a single chassis. And they provided all the inputs needed for music lovers to enjoy their favorite analog and digital sources.
Along with its sonic attributes, the MAC6700 boasts the classic McIntosh look — black glass front panel, glowing blue power meters, big metal knobs, and illuminated logo. And, this gorgeous receiver is designed and built right here in the USA.
The MAC6700 features multiple analog and digital inputs, a potent stereo amplifier, and a superb radio tuner.
With a total of 11 audio inputs, including three digital connections, the MAC6700 offers some of the best versatility we've seen on a stereo receiver. For your analog audio gear, you'll find five unbalanced RCA inputs, plus a balanced XLR input for professional or high-end source components. The high-quality built-in phono preamp provides separate connections for a turntable with either a moving-magnet or moving-coil cartridge.
Your digital sources are covered, too, with inputs that give you access to the receiver's high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC). It's a great way to seriously upgrade the sound from your disc player, music streamer, or TV. The USB input handles digital music files up to 24-bit/192kHz for enjoying high-resolution audio from your computer.
One area where many receivers often get dinged for their performance is their amplifier section. Not so with the MAC6700! This powerful, 76-pound titan delivers a whopping 200 watts per channel. And you can count on smooth, warm, non-fatiguing sound that McIntosh amplifiers are known for. One reason is the company's patented output Autoformers. These special output transformers feature dedicated connections for speaker impedances of 8, 4, or 2 ohms to ensure that the receiver will deliver its full rated power into any speaker load. It's an expensive way to build an amp, but it means that even exotic, difficult-to-drive high-end speakers will perform admirably with the MAC6700.
A Home Theater Pass Through feature lets you make the MAC6700 part of a multichannel surround sound system. The right and left front channels from an A/V processor or surround decoder can pass through the receiver's analog inputs, allowing you to bring its full 200 watts per channel to bear on your main front speakers.
Even with the growing number of music sources out there, over-the-air radio still holds magic. If you want to enjoy it through your system with the best sound possible, you need a great tuner, like the one McIntosh built into the MAC6700. It's been carefully crafted to deliver optimum sound from AM and FM radio broadcasts. With 20 presets available for each radio band, you'll have quick access to your favorite stations
Since its founding in 1949, McIntosh has defined the meaning of high-quality sound reproduction, while setting industry standards for superior performance and reliability. The company is based in Binghamton, New York, where its high-end components and speakers are still individually handcrafted by a team of skilled experts. This uncompromising dedication to quality has made McIntosh one of the most recognized and respected audio manufacturers in the world.
Average Customer Review(s):
It's McIntosh. What else needs to be said?
Pros: Amazing in every way
I sold Stereo in the 60's and 70's. Recently, my Phase Linear (Flame Linear) blew and took one of my JBL L-220 woofers with it. Those speakers require about 200 watts per channel. I decided I finally deserved a McIntosh. No more used high wattage equipment for me. This was after trying numerous other new amps and receivers that were supposed to be high wattage but instead delivered anemic sound. Reminded me of the old days when amp ratings were phony. I had to do some soul searching. Spend a lot of money on a receiver? I finally realized that I deserved it. So I took the plunge. The amp was delivered by freight on a pallet. It was amazingly well packed. It weighs a ton. It needs to. How does it perform? AMAZING. The cleanest amp I have ever used. My only old guy complaint is I would like to use knobs instead of remote to adjust tone controls but I can live with that. It took me a while to figure out how to get the optical connection to work (change CD2 to USB-Optical) but again, those are old guy issues. Now that I have everything up and running I sit back and listen to my old Vinyl, new streaming music and I have amazing sound when watching shows. I am in nirvana. I've worked hard all my life. I deserve this. Crutchfield was super easy to work with, as always. Thank all of you for helping me realize a life long dream.
Pros: Excellent clean power, excellent clean phono preamp, excellent sound for everything I own (digital and analog). Made in the USA. Pure musical nirvana.
Cons: I waited too long to get a McIntosh
No doubt about it, the McIntosh MAC6700 is a Prime Time receiver! Thanks to the Crutchfield team for handling my order!
Pros: Tremendous sound with no distortion! An audiophiles dream receiver.
Cons: I'd like to see an optical digital input for input sources.
This receiver is, without question, the finest receiver on earth. Of course you also need an excellent pair of speakers to enjoy it. If you do, the result is rapture. pure rapture.
I love it!! Sound is insane.
Pros: Top of the line quality and sound. Tuner is awesome.
Cons: At 95lbs, it was a little heavier than I anticipated. needed to make sure the cabinet was sturdy enough. That was my bad for not reading.
The term receiver is a sort of a red herring. This Mac is truly their 200 watt integrated amplifier with a tuner "shoehorned" in. The sound is spectacular, really audiophile separates grade. The tuner, in Macintosh tradition, is second to none. Unfortunately, HD radio has been discontinued. Its musicality, staging and ambience are top notch. Though another reviewer was not quite happy with the phono preamp I have found it matches my Ortophon MM black spectacularly, maybe its because of the cartridge's higher output. The preamp handles all DA duties flawlessly and includes all the latest and greatest sampling rates and bit depths. This component is simply spectacular in every respect, which is to be expected from a component costing 6500 dollars. Though it may seem an oxymoron, its a relative bargain. The only omission is the lack of a dedicated sub output. For my pair of BW DB1's I use the amp 2 jacks.
Pros: Musicality, power, looks. Practically flawless audio gear. Built like a tank and almost as heavy.
Cons: No dedicated subwoofer output.
1st new piece of Mcintosh equipment I have owned. Spectacular. Plenty of power to drive my Ohm F5000 speaker. Tuner is extremely accurate, pulling in stations that I have trouble pulling in on my car radio. When I turn up the volume the music does sound louder with no distortion but the soundstage gets bigger. Room size appears to get bigger (wider and deeper). Just a spectacular piece of equipment.
Pros: Too many to list, not only sounds good but is magnificent too look at
This McIntosh is a very well designed and built receiver. It is connected to Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 via bi-wire Audioquest cables. Two sources are Clear Audio TT with Virtuoso cartridge and Marantz SACD player. DAC is fine. Tuner is fine. Power amplifier is great. Phono preamp for MM & MC cartridges is not up to McIntosh standards. It is kinda ok. However if you are vinyl lover then you need a different phono preamp. Only after I added Pro-Ject vacuum tube preamp purchased from Amazon connected through "AUX" I got the sound I originally expected from McIntosh product.
Pros: power, design, functionality
Cons: average built-in phono preamplifier for MM & MC cartridges.
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||200|
|THD in Stereo||0.005%|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||15.2 dBf|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||113dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||84dB|
|Wired or Wireless Network||N/A|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|Total Number of Zones||1|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|USB Connections||Type-B (Rear)|
|Total Audio Inputs||10|
|Digital Audio Inputs||1 Coax/1 Optical|
|Speaker Output Pairs||1|
Exclusive McIntosh Power Assurance System: The McIntosh MAC6700 employs a collection of technologies that enhance performance and reliability while protecting the stereo receiver and loudspeakers.
Classic McIntosh Design: The MAC6700 stereo receiver incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, including a black glass front-panel, rotary knobs, illuminated logo, and brushed aluminum end-caps. The receiver's large power transformer, multiple filter capacitors with 120 Joules of energy storage and regulated power supply ensure stable noise free operation.
AM/FM Tuner: The built in AM/FM tuner receives your favorite radio stations with clarity that is free from noise and distortion. It features the same high performance as McIntosh's stand alone tuners, along with 20 presets for each radio band, as well as a remote AM antenna. An amplified AM antenna is included for excellent AM reception (no FM antenna is included).
Electromagnetic Input Switching: Electronic input switching is used in McIntosh MAC6700 stereo receiver to switch the variety of source components connected. Rather than the commonly-used mechanical switches that will deteriorate with wear, electromagnetic switches are high tech switching nodes that allow very long, trouble-free operation.
Analog Audio Inputs & Record Outputs: The McIntosh MAC6700 stereo receiver is fitted with balanced & unbalanced analog audio inputs, as well as two phono (MM/MC) inputs.
32-Bit/192kHz DAC: The McIntosh MAC6700's digital engine will decode your digital music at up to 32-bits and 192kHz, delivering McIntosh analog sound quality. The MAC6700 offers optical, coaxial, & USB-B digital inputs.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: McIntosh Patented gold-plated, binding-post speaker terminals deliver high current output to a single pair of loudspeakers. They accept large diameter wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), and spade lugs. The receiver's Left & Right speaker channels have separate Positive (+) binding-post terminals, labeled "2Ω"/ "4Ω" / "8Ω". Each Left & Right speaker channel has only one Negative (-) binding-post terminal that is shared between the positive terminals.
Note: You can connect a single pair of loudspeakers to the Left & Right Positive (+) binding-post terminals along with the shared ground terminals, for a total of three pair of loudspeakers. Make sure the speakers ohm rating matches up with the terminals ohm rating. If you have 6Ω speakers, use the 4Ω output terminals.
Headphone Amp: The MAC6700 incorporates a built-in headphone amp with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack. The built-in headphone amplifier features increased gain and output power, and is optimized and designed to power virtually all types of headphones (20-600Ω) for an enjoyable personal listening experience. Speaker outputs may or may not be muted during headphone playback; your choice.
Pre-Out, Pass Through, & Bi-Amp Compatible: When the MAC6700 is part of a home theater or multichannel audio system, the Right and Left Front channels from an AV processor or surround decoder can pass through the stereo receiver and onto its associated power amplifier. The stereo receiver can also be used as a preamplifier, so you can use a separate amplifier to power your loudspeakers. In addition, together with an additional separate power amplifier (sold separately), the MAC6700 can be used to bi-amplify a loudspeaker system.
Front-Panel & Remote Control: On the front-panel of the stereo receiver are Input & Volume rotary knobs, Output 1 and Output 2 buttons, Tone bypass, Mute button, and Standby/On button. The McIntosh MAC6700 also includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the receiver. In addition, the remote operates other McIntosh audio components. The IR remote offers the following button functions - Power On/Off, Input Selection, Volume Up/Down, Setup/Menu, Numeric Keypad, and Playback Control.
Fluorescent Display + Illuminated Power Meters: The stereo receiver's front-panel display indicates source selection, volume levels, tone adjustments, and setup functions. The Illuminated power output watt meters on the MAC6700 are peak responding, and indicate the power output of the stereo receiver.
Custom Integration: The McIntosh MAC6700 offers advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration using premium control systems.
AC Power Cord + Auto Power Off: The McIntosh MAC6700 stereo receiver has a detachable AC power cord with 3-pole IEC connector. The MAC6700 incorporates an Auto Off feature, which automatically places the receiver into the Power Saving Standby/Off Mode after approximately 30 minutes of inactivity or no audio signal.
Mounting Options: The McIntosh MAC6700 can be placed upright on a table or shelf, standing on its four feet. It also can be custom installed in a piece of furniture or cabinet of your choice. The four feet may be removed from the bottom of the MAC6700 when it is custom installed. Always provide adequate ventilation for your MAC6700. Allow at least 2" above the top, 2" below the bottom, and 2" on each side of the receiver, so that airflow is not obstructed.
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Been putting this purchase off for long enough. [ Paul Dec 12, 2016 ]
Employee gift for 30 years of service. its what he wanted. [ Andrew Nov 02, 2016 ]
Long time owner of McIntosh Equipment since 1968 [ Michael J. Mar 10, 2016 ]
How can I adding subwoofer with this receiver? [ Thien May 13, 2017 ]
Not yet. I'm still on the debate which wireless streamer can work best with this unit!? Thank you for asking [ Thien May 13, 2017 ]
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