McintosH Mc462 Power AMPLiFier
McIntosh has released what is now the company’s most powerful stereo power amplifier, the MC462, which is rated at 450-watts per channel. The McIntosh MC462 replaces the MC452 but, like that amplifier, uses an autoformer so the output power remains the same irrespective of whether you’re driving 2Ω, 4Ω or 8Ω speakers. The capacitance of the power supply in the MC462 has been increased by nearly 50 per cent, according to McIntosh, which it claims has resulted in an increase in dynamic headroom from 1.8dB to 3.0dB. ‘ This increase allows the MC462 to easily handle drastic swings in dynamics and effortlessly reproduce music with virtually no distortion,’ says Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes McIntosh in Australia. ‘ Bass performance is also improved as a result of the increase in filter capacity.’ As with many recent new models from McIntosh, the MC462 now has direct LED backlighting and glass inserts so it’s possible to see the two audio autoformers and the power transformer inside.