McIntosh MEN 220 – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

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 MEN 220?

Frequency Response:
+0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.002% from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Maximum Input Voltage:
4.5V Unbalanced and Balanced (Preamp-Power Amp), 2.25V Unbalanced and Balanced (Processor Loop)
Maximum Output Voltage:
4.5V Unbalanced and Balanced (Preamp-Power Amp), 2.25V Unbalanced and Balanced (Processor Loop)
Signal To Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
Input Impedance:
10K ohms Unbalanced and Balanced
Voltage Gain:
Output Impedance:
50 ohms
Crossover Filter Types, Order and Slope:

Butterworth, 1st order, 6 dB/octave
Butterworth, 2nd order, 12 dB/octave
Butterworth, 4th order, 24 dB/octave
Linkwitz-Riley, 2nd order, 12 dB/octave
Linkwitz-Riley, 4th order, 24 dB/octave
Linkwitz-Riley, 8th order, 48 dB/octave
(W x H x D) 17-1/2"" (44.45cm) x 6"" (15.24cm) x 18"" (45.72cm) (including front panel, knobs and cables)
25.5 lbs (11.6 kg)
Shipping Weight:
41.9 lbs (19 kg)

What else to know about the McIntosh MEN 220?

"So how close does the MEN220 bring a modest setup, with randomly placed speakers, to the megabuck systems, carefully tuned and tweaked in a room full of treatments? Much closer than any of us expected. Of course, there still is no substitute for cleaning up the acoustics with the proper treatments, but the only place the 220 comes up a little short is when playing a super high-performance analog recording. The digital processing does take that last 5% of sparkle out of the equation, but this is on a system worth a garage full of Porsches. In every other system we placed the MEN220, it delivered a stunning level of improvement. While the magic box will not turn a $400 pair of white van speakers into a pair of $160,000 Wilson Alexandrias—even magic has its limitations—the more resolving your speakers, the more accurate of a measurement the MEN220 will be able to make. We were constantly flabbergasted by how much better an average room sounds with the MEN220 in the loop. The biggest gains are in the mid-bass range, with upper-range smoothness a close second. Cleaning up the mid-bass mess allows your speakers to deliver much cleaner midrange response with better imaging. If you’re part of the lunatic (and we mean that in the best possible way) fringe of audiophelia that has a purpose-built listening room, you don’t need the MEN220. But if you are a music lover who has spent a fair amount on a system that still leaves you feeling a bit short-changed, or your speakers are still in the wrong place, nirvana is only $4,500 away. You could spend this on a few marginal tweaks that won’t change much of anything but your bank balance, but the MEN220 will definitely get your system where you’ve always wanted it to be—and it’s a hell of a lot simpler and less-maddening than moving speakers and dampening your room. So grab an MEN220 for your system and plan a vacation with all the time and stress you’re going to save." - Tone Publications

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.

StereoBuyers has purchased tens of thousands worth McIntosh brand equipment since 2014, with individual buys ranging from $100 to well over $50,000. If you are moving, ready to upgrade, or have McIntosh equipment you do not or will not be using, why not contact us today to find out if it is worth good money?

If you are interested in selling your used McIntosh equipment to us in the greater NYC area or Colorado, please click here to fill out a Free Quote Form and we will get back to you. If we agree on terms, we come to meet you where you want, and pay cash.

The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.