McIntosh MA6200 Vintage Integrated Amplifier

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This is the very first MA6200 to come to the shop! We were impressed by the features, design, and great looks.

Integrated amplifiers are very desirable these days and we rarely have more than one or two in stock. It was great to see a McIntosh integrated come in, especially from this era which is rare. We mostly see models from the 2000's on.

Great features include built-in 90W amplifier with that signature sweet McIntosh sound, a very capable 5 band equalizer, McIntosh Power Guard, dual phono inputs, dual tape loops, and loudness control.

This piece is super clean with little signs of use. It was obviously well cared for as this piece is not suffering from the typical pitting or light rusting we usually see from moisture exposure. It even arrived in near perfect working condition which required only the slightest intervention from our tech. A true testament to McIntosh and their design/build quality found even today. And made right here in NY!

If you want to complete the vintage look with a proper Mcintosh wood cabinet we can include one for $499 (shipped), complete with McIntosh Panlocs and the proper fitment. This will need to ship in a separate box for safe travels.

This MA5200 also includes the original factory manual too. Very cool! And we also made a set of custom Planet Waves preout/main in jumpers.

SkyFi Service Notes:
• Both channels test to approx. 90W before power guard engages.
• All lamps tested and working. 
• Powerguard working on both channels under additional testing. 
• All controls very smooth, even before cleaning, except loudness which got a shot of F5 and further testing.
• Phono tested and working.
• EQ tested and working.
• All functions tested and working.

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Kimber Kable - Phono Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - Flagship Tonearm Interconnects - Best

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Good

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Kimber Kable - Bi-Wire Speaker Cables - Best

Please see our photos or this downloadable manual for full specifications:

McIntosh MA6200 Integrated Amplifier - Manual

The SkyFi Testing Process for Preamplifiers:

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.

When we first power on a preamplifier we connect its RCA output to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates real world loading conditions and gives us an oscilloscope interface. The first order of business is checking that the volume control works smoothly throughout its entire range with acceptable channel balance. This is accomplished by feeding a 1KHz sine wave into one of the preamp’s line level inputs while monitoring the preamp’s output on an oscilloscope. We then switch to a 1KHz square wave to test the tone controls, loudness function, and filters where applicable. During this step we are watching for equal alteration of the test signal by both channels. This also helps us identify dirty controls that will need treatment. Once the basic line stage functions are verified, we test each input individually. This is especially important for devices that use relays to select their sources. If the preamp is equipped with a phono stage we test that as well. We use an inverse RIAA filter which allows us to feed a reference test signal into the phono input with the proper RIAA equalization and level. A square wave or sine sweep is used to verify that the device’s phono stage is faithfully reproducing the RIAA curve. If the preamp under test has balanced inputs and/or outputs these are tested as well.

We finish up our bench testing with a listening test with our bench amplifier and reference speakers. During this test we check for hum or hiss that may not have shown up in earlier testing. We also check that all of the tone controls and filters perform as expected. If the preamplifier has remote control functions these are also tested. Preamps with tube circuits or complicated power supply topologies are connected at our long term test rig for extended stress testing under real world conditions.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Solid State Amplifiers:

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.

Item

Included

Original Box

Not Included

Manual

Yes Included

Remote

Not Applicable

Cables

Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition

8 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

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