McIntosh's Commanding MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier, League Of Its Own
There is upping the ante, there is setting the bar, and there being so badass you should probably reclassify yourself; the McIntosh MC462 is certainly in a league of its own.
The MC462 replaces the highly regarded MC452 as their most powerful stereo amplifier. Like the MC452, the MC462 features a robust output of 450 Watts per channel. With a dedicated McIntosh Autoformer connected to each audio channel, the full 450 Watts is available to any speaker regardless if it has 2, 4, or 8 Ohm impedance. Just one MC462 can single-handedly power a world class home audio stereo system.
The new generation MC462 has received numerous updates. The most prominent is that filter capacity has been increased by nearly 50%, which has resulted in a remarkable 66% increase in dynamic headroom from 1.8dB to 3.0dB. This allows the MC462 to easily handle drastic swings in dynamics and effortlessly reproduce music with virtually no distortion. Bass performance is also improved as a result of the filter capacity increase. Our eco-friendly power management system has been added, while internal wiring and select circuit components have also been upgraded.
Aesthetically, the MC462 retains all the hallmarks of a McIntosh amplifier with a few key modern enhancements. The front panel now utilizes direct LED backlighting that improves color accuracy and appearance. The two audio Autoformers and single power transformer are housed in new enclosures topped by a single machined cover with glass inserts. The back half of the amplifier is home to four of our Monogrammed Heatsinks™ which connect to advanced high current output transistors that help eliminate thermal equilibrium lag time.
Besides these updates, the MC462 is packed full of other exclusive McIntosh technologies to bring music to life including Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Quad Balanced design, Power Control, and our patented Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts.
Balanced and unbalanced outputs make bi-amping or tri-amping speakers easier; they can also be used to send the audio signal to a secondary system or to connect a powered subwoofer. The MC462 sits on a beautiful polished stainless steel chassis and features the timeless McIntosh black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, aluminum handles and a pair of fast responding blue Watt meters.
Orders for the MC462 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in July. Pricing starts at $9,000.