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McIntosh MC252 Solid State Amplifier with 250WPC

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Mcintosh Mc252 Solid State Amplifier With 250Wpc

McIntosh MC252 Solid State Amplifier with 250WPC

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


One of the most compact high power amps made by McIntosh, and one of the best looking in our opinion featuring 3D glass and heavy aluminum end caps.  

Super capable and full of features. Would cost you over $9k to buy a new equivalent Mc amplifier today, plus you'd have to wait about a year to get one.

Very clean with only the slightest signs of use. 

Tested in our lab where it produced a rated clean 250W per side without drama or strain. 

This MC252 will ship in an official McIntosh double box which is currently on order from the factory, the only way to ensure safe travels. 

Cosmetic Notes:
This series features fiber optic lighting. The green and blue levels for the meters are adjustable which means that you can fine tune the color to match with other McInotsh components or a second mono MC252.

This amplifier has some minor cosmetic blemishes consistent with age. The tops of the transformers has some scratching, there are some imperfections in the reflective metal surfaces and the silk screen on the rear apron show some lifting.

McIntosh Performance Features Include:
• Power Output
The MC252 consists of two separate power amplifier channels, each capable of 250 watts into 2, 4 or 8 ohm speakers with less than 0.005% distortion. The two channels can be combined into a single channel with 500 watts into 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 ohm speakers with less than 0.005% distortion.

• Patented Autoformers
The McIntosh designed and manufactured Output Autoformers provide an ideal match between the amplifier output stage and speaker loads of 2, 4 and 8 ohms. The Autoformers also provide perfect DC protection for your valuable Loudspeakers.

• Patented Power Guard
The patented McIntosh Power Guard Circuit prevents the amplifier from being over driven into clipping, with its harsh distorted sound that can also damage your valuable Loudspeakers.

• Patented Sentry Monitor with Thermal Protection
McIntosh Sentry Monitor power output stage protection circuits ensure the MC252 will have a long and trouble free operating life. Built-in Thermal Protection Circuits guard against overheating. 

Brand Background:
McIntosh Laboratory is an American manufacturer of handcrafted high-end audio equipment based in Binghamton, New York. The company was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh. The company designs and produces audio amplifiers, stereo tuners and other consumer electronics products.

Single Owner

General Sound:
Neutral sound with little to no coloration

Cosmetic Condition:
8. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.

Unit, manual, and power cord.

Original Manufacturers Packing

Power Output Stereo
Minimum sine wave continuous average power output per channel, all channels operating is:
250 watts into 2 ohm load
250 watts into 4 ohm load
250 watts into 8 ohm load

Power Output Mono Bridged
Minimum sine wave continuous average power output is: 500 watts into 4 ohm load
500 watts into 8 ohm load
500 watts into 16 ohm load

Power Output Mono Bi-Amp (Parallel)
Minimum sine wave continuous average power output is: 500 watts into 1 ohm load
500 watts into 2 ohm load
500 watts into 4 ohm load

Output Load Impedance
2, 4 or 8 ohms (Stereo Mode)
1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 ohms (Mono Modes)

Rated Power Band
20Hz to 20,000Hz

Total Harmonic Distortion
Maximum Total Harmonic Distortion at any power level from 250 milliwatts to rated power output is 0.005%

Intermodulation Distortion
Maximum Intermodulation Distortion if instanta- neous peak output per channel does not exceed twice the rated output, for any combination of fre- quencies from 20Hz to 20,000Hz, with all channels operating is 0.005%

Dynamic Headroom
2.0 dB

Frequency Response
+0, -0.25 dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz 
+0, -3 dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

1.6 Volts Unbalanced Input 
3.2 Volts Balanced Input

A-Weighted Signal To Noise Ratio
112 dB below rated output

Input Impedance
10,000 ohms Unbalanced Inputs
20,000 ohms Balanced Inputs

Wide Band Damping Factor
Greater than 40

Width is 17-1/2 inches (44.45cm)
Height is 9-7/16 inches (23.97cm) including feet
Depth is 14-13/16 inches (37.62cm) including the Front Panel and Knobs

Link to Manual:
Click Here

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best

Kimber Kable - BALANCED XLR Connectors - Better

Kimber Kable - BALANCED XLR Connectors - Best

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Better

Kimber Summit Series Monocle XL Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best

Kimber Summit Series BiFocal XL Bi-Wire Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best If Applicable 

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Better

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Best

Testing Process:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR.

If the amplifier passes visual inspection, we move on to a controlled power on sequence using a Sencore safety analyzer to monitor current draw in real time. Once the amplifier is determined to be safe to operate, we connect it to full AC mains for function and power testing. We connect the speaker outputs of the amplifier to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which acts as a dummy load, DC offset monitor, and oscilloscope interface. We start with a low level 1KHz test signal at the amplifier’s input and slowly increase its amplitude while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of noise, clipping, distortion, or improper channel balance. We continue increasing the signal level until the amplifier reaches clipping. At this point we take an output power measurement and compare it to the spec sheet of the amplifier to verify proper performance. If the device under test has both balanced and single ended inputs they are both tested at this time. We finish off the bench evaluation with a 1KHz square wave check and a 20Hz to 20KHz sine sweep to assess the amplifier’s frequency response characteristics. This battery of tests will usually reveal if the amplifier has any issues that need further attention.

Before the device leaves the bench, we perform a listening test with actual music using a variety of preferred test tracks. Our benches are outfitted with familiar monitor speakers which help us identify inconsistencies that will not always show up on our test gear. The main things that we are listening for are hum or noise with no signal present, proper center image, clicks, pops, or any other obvious undesirable audio characteristics.

If the unit passes all of these tests it is moved to our long term testing rig where we simulate real word operating conditions for 6-8 hours. This allows us to monitor the unit for signs of thermal runaway or intermittent issues that only crop up when the unit has fully come up to temperature.

SKU: 104883