McIntosh MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier replaces MC452

McIntosh MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier replaces MC452

What to do with a company that seems hell bent on replacing or upgrading practically every component in their very deep product line? Rejoice.

McIntosh Labs is rolling out another updated beast for the blue-meter acolytes: The MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier.

The MC462 is replacing the MC452 Stereo Power Amplifier which has been around in its current guise since 2010 and has had its innards girded to the tune of a nearly 50 per cent boost in filter capacity yielding a 66 per cent increase in dynamic headroom (from 1.8 dB to 3 dB).

The MC462 still features 450 watts/channel output but now sports a direct-LED backlit front panel, a new enclosure for the Autoformers and power transformer; which are topped with a machined cover and glass inserts.

High-current output transistors are used to minimize thermal-equilibrium lag time and all the standard McIntosh tech we’ve become used to is squeezed-in as well: Power Guard®, Sentry Monitor™, their Quad-Balanced design, Power Control, patented Solid Cinch™ speaker binding posts and for the more immodest – Monogrammed Heatsinks™.

The MC462 features both balanced and unbalanced outputs making bi-amping and tri-amping easier, or for feeding a second system or – there's more – (home theatre people should smile) connect a subwoofer.

From McIntosh Labs:

Pricing and Availability

Orders for the MC462 can now be placed with Authorized McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in July.

Suggested retail price (VAT, shipping and any customs duties related to current standards of individual countries are excluded): $9,000 USD

McIntosh Labs Inc.
2 Chambers Street, Binghamton, NY 13903-2699

Anton's picture

Given the current marketplace, that prices is lower than I expected!

(Still beyond my means, but less painfully so.) ;-D

Is it secretly Class D, or something?

mskaye's picture

I doubt it is class D.

jimx1169's picture

A full Mac-Stack is on my list of things to get if the lottery ever goes my way.
Having said that, I'm curious if the amp is A/B or is more likely Class D.

Ortofan's picture

... a 20-year warranty, as does Bryston.

Richard D. George's picture

Separate from the cult appeal of the blue meters, the MC452 is well respected for its performance. The new MC462 appears to be even better, particularly for its dynamic range.

Separately, the MC152 is a real sleeper. Actual peak performance is reportedly far in excess of the conservative 150 watts per channel rating, and the price is only $4,500. It has Autoformers. For use in smaller rooms, and/or with more efficient speakers, it has appeal.

Might be a component worth reviewing.

nick's picture

That is what this site is about, right?

Rafe Arnott's picture

If you like to listen to computer audio through a two-channel (or multi-channel) setup, you'll need an amplifier to hook up your speakers to. Unless you just like to plug in your headphones into your Android, or iDevice or your computer and forego the whole stereo thing... which is cool too.

I'm a bit more into the whole holistic playback chain that makes computer audio compete, or beat traditional analog playback chains (Turntable, reel-to-reel, cassette, CD – what have you, that are then connected to preamps, amps, speakers, etc. You get where I'm going.

So if a manufacturer offers a new model that could be a part of that playback chain, that's news for my readers.

Hope that clears up any confusion you had.