KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

Legendary American manufacturer McIntosh have released two special products to celebrate their 70th anniversary. The new products are a combination of a classic looking all-analogue valve preamplifier, the C70, and a new modern designed valve power amplifier, the MC2512

Both models are now available to buy and audition from our Central London showroom. 

The MC2152 valve amplifier is a 150 Watt per channel stereo amp which features a unique new design to celebrate seven decades of handcrafting some of the best home audio equipment the world has ever heard. While its design is new, the MC2152 incorporates the lessons learned and the techniques invented over 70 years of audio engineering.

The stunning new design of the MC2152 is highlighted by a bead blasted black anodised aluminum chassis accentuated with matte finish carbon fibre side panels. The front panel showcases a backlit laser cut McIntosh logo flanked by classic McIntosh knobs. The valves are covered by a 12-gauge stainless steel wire cage with a black powder coated finish.

The MC2152 uses eight KT88 output valves plus eight small signal tubes comprised of four 12AX7A and four 12AT7 valves; half of thevalve complement is assigned to each audio channel. The 12AX7A vacuum tubes are for the Balanced and Input amps, while the 12AT7 tubes are for the Voltage and Driver amps. The LEDs under the eight small signal tubes can be set to three illumination settings: Off (which allows the tubes natural amber glow to be visible), Green or Blue – a new color option unique to the MC2152. Our Sentry Monitor™ technology monitors the output current and shuts the amplifier off if it ever exceeds safe limits.

The C70 Preamplifier is a real blast from the past. Its all-analogue deisgn and retro aesthetic makes it perfect for people looking to keep their signal as clean as possible. 

The C70 features one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes that are visible through a glass panel on the top cover. All control operations are done via knobs and rocker switches. Modern LED indicators will denote input selection and volume level. The C70 has seven inputs consisting of two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. For outputs, there are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced connections.

On the front panel, bass and treble tone controls are included and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Rotary knobs are also used to adjust the impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs. 

A ¼” headphone jack powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier is included and features our Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. 

Demonstrations are now avialable. Get in contact to arrange an appointment.