I’ve really had a lot of fun listening to vintage McIntosh vacuum tube audio electronics in my hi-fi system over the last year. The McIntosh MX110Z tuner/preamplifier, the MC30 monaural amplifiers, and the MC225 & MC240 stereo amplifiers were available as new products during the time period between 1954 and 1969, depending on the model, and now about 50 years later they have been delighting me with their musical charms in ways that few modern audio products have matched. They have also been reliable, and at least for now, their price in the vintage market is such that almost any audio enthusiast can afford them. In my book, that’s a very laudable set of qualities!
It makes me happy to own something as musical, reliable, and affordable as these vintage McIntosh electronics, and there’s also a certain sense of nostalgic satisfaction that comes from owning something as historically significant as the equipment that Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys mastered Pet Sounds with, or the gear that powered the Woodstock music festival in 1969, or that the Grateful Dead used to power their 28,800 watts Wall of Sound in concert.
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