McIntosh MA6500 Integrated Amplifier - All Analog!


Recently McIntosh started building DAC's into almost every integrated. If you're a purist you're going to want an integrated that's just that, minus the bells and whistles.

This model from the last decade is a solid performer and a great way to get some McIntosh magic into your system.

It's also by far one of the cleanest MA6500's to come through the shop. Presents very close to new with flawless glass and super clean meters.

We did a light refresh to make sure the next owner has a great experience:
• Both speaker outputs tested with different speaker ohm loads successfully
• McIntosh Power Guard working correctly on both channels
Cleaned controls
Replaced some bulbs in need
Remote tested and working
Phono input tested and working

This MA6500 will also come to you complete with a brand new official McIntosh double box, plus the original manual and remote control.

McIntosh Performance Features Include:
• Power Output
The MA6500 consists of two separate power amplifier channels, each capable of 200 watts and a sophisticated control center in one compact unit with less than 0.005% distortion.
• Power Guard
Both channels include the patented McIntosh Power Guard circuit that prevents the amplifier from being overdriven into clipping with its harsh distorted sound that can also damage your valuable loudspeakers.
• Electronic Input Switching
Digital Logic integrated circuits drive Electromagnetic switches on all six inputs and operating functions for reliable, noiseless, distortion free switching.

Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables

Kimber Kable - Power Cords

Please see the linked owner's manual below or our last photo for specifications.

McIntosh MA6500 Integrated Amplifier Manual

The SkyFi Testing Process for Integrated Amplifiers:
We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and transistors are checked for signs of stress or damage.

We then power up the unit carefully and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise. Finally, we run the integrated amplifier to its full rated power into the appropriate resistive load provided by our Sencore amplifier tester. If there is an issue, it will usually be noticeable at this point. If everything reads clean, we will often test for THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) measured by our Keithley distortion meter, and compare it against the original manufacturers specifications. The integrated amplifier then remains powered on to "burn in" on our test bench for a few hours to make sure there are no heat related issues. If there are balanced inputs available they will be also be tested.

Final testing involves pushing actual music thorough the integrated amplifier. We've learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage KEF speakers that we're very familiar with which quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some integrated amplifiers will then move into our listening room where they are tested with our in-house reference speakers of choice.



McIntosh Official Shipping Carton

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