McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.

What are the specs for the McIntosh MC 2250?

Power Output:
250 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo), 500 watts into 8Ω (mono)
Frequency Response:
20Hz to 20kHz
Damping Factor:
Input Sensitivity:
Signal to Noise Ratio:
Speaker Load Impedance:
1Ω to 8Ω
9 x IC, 76 x transistors, 37 x diodes
177 x 406 x 368mm

What else to know about the McIntosh MC 2250?

**INPUT AMPLIFIER** Each channel contains a complete seven transistor low power input amplifier. An input differential transistor pair provides high input impedance and low noise. The outputs of this pair are combined in a current mirror circuit which drives a class A amplifier stage. The output stage follows this amplifier and is a complementary pair of transistors biased class AB. The output signal drives the metering circuit, headphone jack, and the high power output amplifier. This discrete transistor amplifier design was selected for low noise, low distortion, adequate power output capability to drive headphones, and freedom from turn on and turn off transients. In the MONO mode of operation the input signal feeds only the right input amplifier via the RIGHT/ MONO GAIN control. The right input amplifier feeds both output power amplifier sections. When MONO BRIDGE MODE is selected the left channel input amplifier is used as a phase inverter. The output channels then operate 180° out of phase with respect to each other which is the correct arrangement for bridge output connections. When the MONO PARALLEL MODE is selected the channels operate in phase. The channels, of course, also operate in phase for the STEREO MODE. **OUTPUT POWER AMPLIFIER** The input amplifiers feed the output amplifiers through an electronic switch. The switch eliminates turn-on and turn-off transients and is used for speaker switching. A junction FET and LED/light dependent resistor network make up the switch. This combination allows the lowest possible distortion when the amplifier is on and the highest isolation when the amplifier is off. The control signal to the switch is off during the auto test countdown. Therefore, transients that may come into the amplifier from source equipment will not be amplified or reach the loudspeaker. Since the HEADPHONE output and meters are powered by the input amplifier, their operation is not affected by the SPEAKER switch or the turn on delay system. The first stage of the output power amplifier is a differential transistor pair biased for best linearity. The offset to the differential pair is adjustable. Correct adjustment allows the lowest possible distortion at low frequencies. A current mirror circuit combines the differential outputs into one signal which is then amplified by a following class A voltage amplifier. Both the differential transitors and the voltage amplifier are supplied by active current sources. The results are lower distortion and cleaner turn-on characteristics. The driver stage follows the voltage amplifier. The driver consists of a complementary pair of power transitors biased class AB. Next, three complementary pairs of rugged power transistors make up the power output stage. All power transistors are mounted on conservatively sized anodized aluminum heat sinks. Because of a unique connection of the bias network, the output transistors operate class B and exhibit no crossover distortion often associated with class B operation. The heat sinks, therefore, remain cool when there is no output. The amplifier output signal is fed to the output terminals through the output autotransformer. The Mclntosh designed interleaved multifilar wound autotransformer is used to properly match the amplifier to stereo output load taps for 1, 2, 4 and 8 ohms. The MC 2250 will deliver full power over the entire audio frequency range at any of these impedances. The autotransformer also protects speakers from damage in the event of amplifier failure. Should a direct current component appear in the output, it is shunted through the low DC resistance of the autotransformer. DC cannot damage the speaker. A Mclntosh patented Sentry Monitoring circuit constantly monitors the output signal and instantly reacts to prevent overload of the output transistors. At signal levels up to rated output this circuit has high impedance and has no effect upon the output. If the power output exceeds design maximum, the Sentry Monitoring circuit operates to limit the signal to the output transistors. In the event of a short circuit across the amplifier output or severe impedance mismatch the Sentry Monitoring circuit will protect the output transistors from failure. Both positive and negative halves of the output signal are monitored and protected independently. **POWER GUARD PROTECTION CIRCUIT** The Mclntosh patented Power Guard circuit eliminates amplifier clipping due to overdrive. The circuit also illuminates red LIMIT indicator lamps when the amplifier is driven beyond its maximum output capacity. Power Guard prevents loudspeaker damage and eliminates harsh output distortion caused by amplifier clipping. The Power Guard circuit consists of a waveform comparator which monitors the wave shape of the amplifier input and output signals. Normally there is no difference in wave shape between these signals and the comparator produces no output. When the amplifier is driven beyond its maximum power capacity a difference will develope. If this exceeds 0.5% (equivalent to 0.5% total harmonic distortion) the comparator output causes the red LIMIT indicators to light. If there is a further increase the comparator output activates an electronic attenuator at the amplifier input to reduce the amplifier gain, this automatic attenuator will hold the amplifier output to its maximum undistorted value regardless of the degree of overdrive to the amplifier. The amplifier may be overdriven by 20 dB before the output distortion exceeds 2%. The comparator is an especially compensated operational amplifier integrated circuit. Its output is detected by a full wave bridge that feeds signals to the control circuitry for the LIMIT and NORMAL indicators and to the electronic attenuator at the amplifier input. The attenuator is a light emitting diode/light dependent resistor network selected especially for its low distortion and proper time constant characteristics. **SYSTEM TEST CIRCUIT** When AC line power is applied to the MC 2250 the System Test circuit functions to verify operating potentials at 7 test locations within the amplifier. Upon applying power a digital display lights with the number 7. The digit is driven by a counter that steps down at a 1 second or .4 second rate. Each time the digit changes, electronic switches select the outputs of various voltage comparators connected to test points in the amplifier. If voltages are normal the green Power Guard lights flash, there is an audible beep produced by an internal sounder, and the display decreases to the next test number. When the count passes number 1 the loudspeakers connect and the display blanks off. If a fault condition exists the counter stops and both red Power Guard limit lights go on. The digit displayed indicates the circuit at fault. Servicing the amplifier is thereby simplified. The test circuit uses logic counter, BCD decoder, lamp driver, and voltage comparator integrated circuits. **POWER SUPPLY** The power supply is a conventional full wave bridge rectifier arrangement providing plus and minus 50 volts DC. Electronic regulators step down and regulate plus and minus 15 volt sources for low level circuits and plus 5 volts for the logic circuits. Thermistors are used in the power transformer primary circuit to limit the turn-on current.

Brief History of McIntosh

Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for McIntosh Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.

Other McIntosh Products We Often Buy

Typically, StereoBuyers purchases mostly used amplifiers, especially the vintage amps and high-end McIntosh models such as the MC202 or MC252, and the C220 preamp, for example. We have also purchased many pre-owned tuners from McIntosh over the recent years, including the MR67 and MR78 models, for example.

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