McIntosh introduced a new 600-Watt, MC601 Monoblock Amplifier, which replaces their MC501 amplifier. The MC601 joins the company's new Models MC302 and MC452 in the McIntosh amplifier lineup, all with new engineering advances and extended functionality.
Distinguished by its rock-solid, new larger sized chassis of mirror polished stainless steel, the MC601 features the premium cosmetic design that has always distinguished McIntosh components, including a backlit glass faceplate. The newly designed 8-inch wide True Wattmeter, featuring elegant “McIntosh Blue” LED lighting, is a special larger size last used by McIntosh on its acclaimed MC1000 amplifier. The MC601's custom machined and anodized aluminum trim handles complete the iconic McIntosh look and styling. Among its many leading- edge feature capabilities is Power Guard, a McIntosh circuit innovation that maximizes sound quality at high power levels. Additionally, the unit's advanced “Sentry Monitor” feature provides continuous short circuit protection of the amplifier and connected loudspeakers.
In addition to its higher power rating of 600 watts, the MC601 features Thermal Track output transistors that allow for cooler, more efficient operation. Other new features that add to the MC601's performance capabilities and make it ideally suited for use in today's digital universe are specially designed McIntosh speaker binding posts, Quad Balanced circuit design for highest audio performance, and input and output jacks that allow bi or tri-amping with multiple MC601s. Notably, the MC601's extraordinary, distortion-canceling, quad-differential design consists of two complete amplifier circuits, whose outputs are combined in the unique McIntosh-crafted autoformers. Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005% maximum from 250 milliwatts to rated 600 watt mono power output. MC601 delivers absolute transparency and musical accuracy into speaker loads of 2, 4, or 8-Ohms.
“To create the MC601 amplifier, McIntosh engineers and designers scrutinized every aspect of what has made us the world's most coveted audio manufacturer for the last 60 years — both in terms of great looks and legendary sound. The result is an amplifier of unique elegance, craftsmanship and style that delivers classic McIntosh performance, with all the power and 'audio heft' to earn it a rightful place in the McIntosh pantheon, while providing today's most discerning consumers with all the features and functionality to ensure it will deliver the very best in music reproduction excellence for many years to come.”
— Charlie Randall, McIntosh President
Shipping January 2011.