MC1.25KW Amp: Innovative and Dependable

MC1.25KW Amp: Innovative and Dependable

"If it ain't broke don't fix it" is a great ethos in fast food, it works for shoe-shopping, but, thankfully, tech guys don't think that way. Technology is about taking things we've been doing since caveman times and doing it better, and better. So the McIntosh MC1.25KW is a redesign of a unit that, if you asked most audiophiles, they'd tell you it was perfect. But leave it to McIntosh to say that perfect isn't nearly good enough. Let's get down to the features so we can tell you what's new about the amplifier.

What Did They Redesign?

The first thing you'll notice is the amp is physically different from some of the previous amplifiers McIntosh has released for the home theater market. A lot of laymen don't grasp how important that is, but audio people know that the physical shape of your sound system can have an impact on the sound. Poorly-secured feet can create a rattling sound and distortion in the audio, and the soft rubber pads on the MC1.25KW are a nice touch, holding the amp secure in place and keeping it steady. Short of an earthquake, you don't need to worry about this thing rattling and wobbling around with the hum of the sub-woofers.

If you've ever watched a TV marathon on a mediocre sound system, you may have noticed the thermal lag time which leads to poor quality sound after a full afternoon of entertainment. The heat sinks work like they do in any computer or phone, absorbing the heat so that your device runs cool.

The heat sinks in the rear of the unit are very nice. McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™ made with what they describe as "high-quality materials." Well, we don't know what that means exactly, but you can hear the difference after a few hours of use. If you've ever watched a TV marathon on a mediocre sound system, you may have noticed the thermal lag time which leads to poor quality sound after a full afternoon of entertainment. The heat sinks work like they do in any computer or phone, absorbing the heat so that your device runs cool.

What Didn't They Redesign?

Thankfully, McIntosh isn't the kind of company to redesign stuff just so they can advertise it as being all new. When they really nail it, they leave it alone until they can make a meaningful improvement. The blue Watt meter you know and love on McIntosh devices is still there, it's still got that sleek black design with nice, responsive knobs and the trademark aluminum end caps. Plus, all the features you expect: Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, Quad Balance and Solid Cinch binding posts to keep your cables nice and snug.

You might not need a new amplifier just yet. But if you do find yourself in the market in the near future, take our advice and put this one on the list. McIntosh rarely disappoints, and this amp is another five-star product from a brand that seems to deliver nothing but the best. We can help with any of your home theater and sound systems questions. Contact us today at Atlanta Home Theater and schedule a consultation.

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