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McIntosh MAC7200

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McIntosh is famous for the quality and longevity of their components. The MAC7200 stereo receiver was designed to deliver performance that's on par with McIntosh separates, with the convenience of a single chassis. Music lovers can enjoy their favorite analog and digital sources with pristine sound.

McIntosh MAC7200 monogrammed heat sinks

Heat sinks (cleverly monogrammed with the "Mc" logo) are highly efficient at dissipating heat.

The stuff of legend

McIntosh is famous for the quality and longevity of their components. The MAC7200 stereo receiver was designed to deliver performance that's on par with McIntosh separates, with the convenience of a single chassis. Music lovers can enjoy their favorite analog and digital sources with pristine sound.

Along with its stellar audio performance, the MAC7200 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.

Your music at its best

With a total of 14 audio inputs, including six digital connections, the MAC7200 offers some seriously versatile options for 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.

Future-proofing for your digital music sources

All of the MAC7200's digital inputs are contained in McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module. At the heart of the DA1 is a high-performance 8-channel 32-bit DAC. It extracts pure, detailed audio signals from your disc player, music streamer, or TV. The USB input handles PCM-based digital music files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD files up to 11.2 MHz, for enjoying high-resolution audio from your computer. The DA1 module can be replaced by future modules to keep the MAC7200 up to date with emergent digital audio technologies.

Power to spare

The MAC7200 delivers huge sound with its 200 watts per channel — smooth, rich, non-fatiguing sound that McIntosh amplifiers are known for. One reason is the company's patented 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 MAC7200.

A Home Theater Pass Through feature lets you make the MAC7200 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.

Radio tuner

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 MAC7200. 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.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • 200 watts x 2 channels into 2, 4, or 8 ohms
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.005% at 20-20,000 Hz
  • frequency response: 10-100,000 Hz (+0, -3dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 95dB (line level), 82dB (phono MM) 80dB (phono MC), 113dB (power amp)
  • wide-band damping factor: greater than 40
  • DA1 Digital Audio Module can be replaced by future modules to update receiver with the latest digital audio technologies
    • module is equipped with an 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz Quad Balanced DAC
  • AM/FM tuner with 20 presets per radio band
  • built-in High Drive headphone amplifier
  • large power transformer with multiple filter capacitors and regulated power supply ensures stable, noise-free operation
  • patented McIntosh output Autoformers ensure every connected speaker receives full power regardless of its impedance
  • patented McIntosh Power Guard circuit prevents amplifier clipping to protect speakers
  • Sentry Monitor and Thermal Protection circuits provide long amplifier operating life and protection against overheating
  • Home Theater Pass Through mode allows receiver's amplifier to become part of a multichannel sound system
  • fiber optic illuminated glass front panel for a beautiful appearance and long-term durability
  • adjustable front-panel display brightness settings
  • illuminated power meters (with illumination on/off settings)
  • handcrafted at McIntosh's Binghamton, New York factory
Inputs:
  • digital audio inputs on DA1 module:
  • USB (Type B) input for connection to a computer
    • supports high-res PCM files up to 32-bit/284kHz, DSD files up to 11.2 MHz, and DXD files
  • 2 optical and 2 coaxial inputs
    • supported bit depth and sample rates: up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • proprietary "MCT" input for connecting compatible McIntosh components like a McIntosh MCT450 stereo/SACD/CD transport
  • analog audio inputs:
  • 1 set of balanced stereo XLR inputs
  • 5 stereo RCA audio inputs
  • separate RCA phono inputs for moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges
    • adjustable input impedance loading for optimum sonic performance with a range of MC cartridges (50-, 100-, 200-, 400-, and 1000-ohm settings)
Outputs:
  • custom McIntosh gold-plated binding-post speaker connectors with 2-ohm, 4-ohm, and 8-ohm output taps to match speaker impedance
  • full-size headphone output (100-600 ohms recommended impedance)
  • RCA preamp out/power amp input jacks
Other Info and Specs:
  • bass and treble controls with tone control circuitry bypass settings for each individual input source
  • Power Control output provides convenient turn-on/off of McIntosh source components
  • 6 Data Ports provide remote control of connected McIntosh source components
  • RS-232 input for use with external controllers
  • IR in and 12-volt triggers
  • remote
  • 17-1/2"W x 7-5/8"H x 22"D
  • weight: 75 lbs.
  • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in your TV's audio menu. The included DAC cannot decode multi-channel Dolby® Digital signals.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • AM antenna
  • 15' Antenna cable
  • Owner's Manual

Best of the best. Period. Perfect for individuals not wanting to deal with separate components.

Terry, Albany, NY

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200W x 2Ch Receiver: The McIntosh MAC7200 stereo receiver consists of a 200 watts per channel stereo power amplifier with less than 0.005% distortion from 20-20kHz. .

Exclusive McIntosh Power Assurance System: The McIntosh MAC7200 employs a collection of technologies that enhance performance and reliability while protecting the stereo receiver and loudspeakers.

  • Output Autoformers: McIntosh output Autoformers ensure every connected speaker receives full power regardless of its impedance. This unique patented McIntosh technology delivers the full-rated amplifier output with the least possible distortion into loudspeaker impedances of 2, 4, or 8Ω; you get all the power you paid for and the freedom to choose any loudspeaker. The Autoformers also provide perfect DC protection for your valuable loudspeakers.
  • Power Guard Circuit: Power Guard is waveform comparison circuit continuously monitors both input and output signals. Power Guard dynamically adjusts the input level to avoid clipping while preventing harsh sounding distortion. The receiver's front-panel LED indicator will flash when Power Guard is activated.
  • Sentry Monitor Technology: McIntosh Sentry Monitor power output stage protection circuits ensure the MAC7200 will have a long and trouble-free operating life. Sentry Monitor is a fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating level; resets automatically.
  • Thermal Protection: Built-in thermal protection circuits guard against overheating. If the stereo receiver overheats due to improper ventilation and/or high ambient operating temperature, AC Power is removed from the MAC7200. Normal operation will resume when the operating temperature is in a safe range again.

Classic McIntosh Design: The MAC7200 stereo receiver incorporates classic McIntosh design cues, including a black glass front-panel, rotary knobs, illuminated logo, and brushed aluminum end-caps. The famous McIntosh illuminated glass front-panel using long life light emitting diodes (LEDs) ensures the pristine beauty of the MAC7200 will be retained for many years. The illuminated power output meters are peak responding, and indicate the power output of the amplifier.

DA1 Digital Audio Module: All of the MAC7200's digital inputs are contained on McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module. At the heart of the DA1 is a powerful 8-channel, 32-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) used in Quad Balanced mode. PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz can be played via the USB input, allowing for playback of high resolution audio up to DSD256 and DXD 384kHz levels. The coax and optical inputs support up to 24-bit/192kHz files, while a proprietary MCT input is designed specifically for McIntosh's MCT450 SACD/CD transport (sold separately). 

  • Asynchronous USB-B Input: The McIntosh MAC7200 features an asynchronous USB-B input for playing back music files from your Windows PC or Mac computer. Asynchronous technology allows the digital clock inside the MAC7200's DAC to control the flow of data coming from your computer. This method of communication leads to less jitter (timing errors) for the MAC7200 to deal with which results in clearer more defined sound. The USB input accepts 2ch stereo PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 along with DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. Compatible with Windows 7 and newer (requires installation of McIntosh's USB Audio Window Driver), as well a Mac OSX 10.6.8 and newer (does not require the installation of an additional USB audio driver). 
  • Optical & Coaxial Inputs: The McIntosh MAC7200 system offers two optical (toslink) digital input and two coaxial (RCA) digital input. The digital inputs will decode 2ch stereo PCM music files at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).
  • MCT Input: McIntosh's exclusive MCT input offers a secure DSD connection to enjoy the high definition audio on SACDs when paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport (958MCT450, sold separately). The MCT Input supports CD (44.1kHz/16-bit) and SACD (DSD64).
Note: The DA1 Digital Audio Module can be replaced by future modules to easily keep the MAC7200 up to date with the latest digital audio technologies.

Analog Inputs: The McIntosh MAC7200 stereo receiver is outfitted with balanced & unbalanced analog audio inputs, as well as two phono (MM/MC) inputs.

  • Balanced & Unbalanced Inputs: The McIntosh MAC7200 receiver is equipped with one balanced stereo XLR input and five unbalanced stereo RCA inputs. Balanced connections guard against induced noise and allow long cable runs without compromising sound quality.
  • MM/MC Phono Inputs: The McIntosh MAC7200 has two dedicated phono sections, one for Moving Coil (MC) Phono Cartridges and the other for Moving Magnet (MM) Cartridges. Both phono sections provide the lowest possible noise and distortion. The RIAA Correction Equalization Circuitry utilizes close tolerance resistors and capacitors for an extremely flat frequency response. The MAC7200 will breathe new life into your record collection and deliver the best possible sound from your turntable.

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).

  • Special FM RF Circuitry: The tuner module RF circuitry receives strong local FM station signals without distortion and receives even the weakest of FM signals with low noise.
  • High Dynamic Range IF FM Circuitry: The all important IF circuitry in the tuner module provides dynamic bandwidth control optimizing performance at all times with varying reception conditions.

Electronic Input Switching w/ Naming: The stereo receiver uses Logic Circuits controlling Electromagnetic Switches on all inputs and operating functions for reliable, noiseless, distortion free switching. The default Input Names can be changed to match the name of the component connected to it or any other custom name desired (up to 8 characters).

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 "2"/ "4" / "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.

Pre-Out, Pass Through, & Bi-Amp Compatible: When the MAC7200 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 MAC7200 can be used to bi-amplify a loudspeaker system.

Headphone Amp with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD): For those times when you want to enjoy your music even more intimately, the MAC7200 includes a dedicated headphone amplifier that takes advantage of unique McIntosh technologies to yield the best possible personal listening experience. On the front-panel of the MAC7200 is a 1/4" headphone jack (supports headphone impedances of 100-600Ω). The connected loudspeakers automatically switched off when headphones are connected. The headphone amp also features McIntosh's new Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) to allow high quality recordings to image like conventional speakers in your headphones.

Custom Integration: The McIntosh MAC7200 offers advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration using premium control systems.

  • Power Control Connectors: The MAC7200 has the ability to automatically switch power on or off to source components via the Power Control connections. The MAC7200's "Main", "Trigger 1/2", and "PASSTHRU" Output Jacks (3.5mm) send power on/off signals (+12 volt/0volt) when connected to other McIntosh source components. The Power Control outputs can be assigned to activate when a given input or output is selected.
  • Data Ports: The MAC7200's four Data Out Ports (3.5mm) send remote control signals to McIntosh source components. These Data Port connections allow for the remote operation of basic functions using the MAC7200's Remote Control.
  • IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input allows the connection of an external IR receiver. With an external sensor connected to the MAC7200, remote control operation of the system is possible from another room and/or when the MAC7200 is located in a cabinet with the doors closed. The signal from a connected external IR receiver will have priority over the signal from the receiver's front-panel IR sensor.
  • RS-232C Port: The stereo receiver's RS-232C port requires a 3.5mm stereo minijack to a subminiature DB 9 connector cable (sold separately) to transmit and receive RS-232 commands.

Front-Panel & Remote Control: On the front-panel of the stereo receiver are Input, Volume, Preset, & Tuning rotary knobs; as well as Output 1/Output 2 buttons, Tone bypass, Mute, Preset, and Standby/On button switches. The McIntosh MAC7200 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.

  • Precision Volume Control: Volume levels are controlled by a precision balanced digitally controlled attenuator system with an optical encoder rotary control. This assures a 0.1dB tracking accuracy between channels. There are 225 individual 0.5dB volume level steps with no noise as the volume level is changed.
  • Bass & Treble: The Bass & Treble controls provide up to 12dB of boost or cut. The MAC7200 remembers the Bass & Treble Setting for each input.
  • Balance Left/Right: You are also able to balance the output level of the stereo receiver's left & right output channels.
  • Source Level: Each audio source input can be matched in level, preventing abrupt changes in volume levels.

Front-Panel Display + Illuminated Power Meters: The front-panel display indicates source selection, volume levels and setup functions. For tuner operation it also indicates station frequency, signal strength, stored station presets, and tuner setup functions. The front-panel display can indicate various text information from the broadcast station. This text information may include the station call sign, music genre, artist name, and song title. The Illuminated power output watt meters on the MAC7200 are peak responding, and indicate the power output of the stereo receiver.

Large Power Transformer + Auto Power Off: The large power transformer, multiple filter capacitors with 120 Joules of energy storage and regulated power supply, ensures stable noise free operation even though the power line may vary. The MAC7200 also 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. The McIntosh MAC7200 stereo receiver has a detachable AC power cord with 3-pole IEC connector.

Mounting Options: The McIntosh MAC7200 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 MAC7200 when it is custom installed. Always provide adequate ventilation for your MAC7200. 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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