An amplifier that blends power and precision
The sonic character of a world-class amplifier like the McIntosh MC152 is often described as an "iron fist in a velvet glove." That requires an amp to have a robust, regulated power supply to tightly control the movement of a speaker's drivers — crucial for tight, accurate bass. It must also be able to react with lightning speed to changes in the music signal. The MC152 delivers all the bass slam you could ask for, serving as the foundation of its big, detailed, involving sound. If you're wondering, "Yeah, but will it rock?" The answer is, "Definitely!" The Grateful Dead's famous Wall of Sound PA system was powered by McIntosh amplifiers.
In addition to state-of-the-art sound quality, this amp stands out from the crowd of generic black boxes with those iconic blue McIntosh power meters.
Inside the classic McIntosh sound
The MC152's speaker connections include taps for 8-, 4-, and 2-ohm speakers, for compatibility with demanding speakers, like many electrostatic models.
The MC152 delivers the effortlessly smooth, warm, non-fatiguing sound that McIntosh amplifiers are known for. One reason is the company's patented output Autoformers. These special output transformers ensure that the MC152 will deliver its full rated power — 150 watts per channel — into any speaker load.
The amp's back panel looks decidedly different than that of most stereo amps, with dedicated connections for speaker impedances of 8, 4, or 2 ohms. It's an expensive way to build an amp, but it means that even exotic, difficult-to-drive high-end speakers will provide optimum sound quality when paired with the MC152.
This amp also employs Power Guard, a waveform comparison circuit that continuously monitors both input and output signals. Power Guard dynamically adjusts the input level to prevent clipping and harsh-sounding distortion.
Praise for the McIntosh MC152 from Hi-Fi World
"It was the combination of power, control and overall coherence that made the McIntosh work so well with seemingly all musical genres… It can be subtle and fleet-of-foot when needed — yet is just at home pounding out deep bass lines, crashing guitar chords or orchestral crescendos. Not just a cut-down version of McIntosh's bigger power amplifiers but a great performer in its own right." Awarded 5 out of 5 globes.
— From Jon Myles' October, 2015 review at hi-fiworld.com
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Achieve sonic synergy with a McIntosh preamp
The MC152's clean, dynamic sound will add impact and presence when used with any preamplifier. Of course, an ideal match would be to pair the MC152 with one of McIntosh's preamps — either the digital D150 or the analog/digital C47.
A world-famous audio heritage, made in America
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.