McIntosh MR 85 – 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 MR 85?

Mono/Stereo Tuner
Tuning Bands:
Tuning Scale:
1.4uV (FM), 20uV (MW)
Signal to Noise Ratio:
70dB (FM), 48dB (MW)
0.65% (FM), 0.5% (MW)
75dB (FM), 45dB (MW)
Frequency response:
20Hz to 15kHz (FM), 50Hz to 6kHz (MW)
17.5 x 5.4 x 17.5 inches
25.5 lbs

What else to know about the McIntosh MR 85?

"The MR85 AM/FM Tuner is an elegant instrument that allows you to enjoy outstanding music reproduction. It includes a wide range of convenient operating functions to enhance your listening experience. The classic McIntosh MR85 will perfectly compliment a McIntosh System of incomparable performance and style. Performance Features • Special FM RF Amplifier Double-Diffused Metal Oxide Field Effect Transistor (DMOS-FET) RF amplifier increases sensitivity and Cross Modulation rejection. • External AM RF Amplifier and Antenna The included RAA1 Remote AM Antenna contains an electrostatically shielded AM RF Amplifier Stage and can be located in a remote area away from sources of interference assuring the best possible reception. • Flywheel Manual Tuning and Automute A newly designed, optically encoded weighted flywheel system makes ‘dialing in’ stations a breeze. Reminiscent of the dial-cord flywheel tuning method found in classic McIntosh Tuners. The MR85 automatically mutes when manually tuning between stations, yet provides the ability to be switched off when searching for very weak stations. • FM Stereo Auto Blend Circuitry and Spatial Sound Enhancement An automatic variable stereo separation control circuit is used to reduce background noise when receiving weak stereo stations. A sound Spatializer circuit can be selected for Tuner 1 Enhancement. This circuit can expand the sound field for FM stations with poor separation; it also provides a pseudo-stereo effect for AM stations. • Optional Second Tuner Module The McIntosh TM1 Tuner Module may be added to the MR85 by your Dealer and is the most economical way to add a second tuner to a system. This is ideal for applications where two tuners may be used at the same time, such as Multizone Systems or listening to one station while recording another station. • Preset Stations and Custom Preset Naming Nine AM and nine FM station presets with custom naming (any desired name may contain up to eight characters) for each tuner module make it easy to listen to your favorite stations. For example, FM Preset Number 3 (92.50MHz) can be renamed “JAZZ 7”, or “WXYZ”. The station presets, custom naming and functions modes are retained in Permanent Memory even when AC power is turned off. • Alphanumeric Fluorescent Display The Multifunction Front Panel Display indicates station frequency, station preset number, custom naming, signal strength, stereo and broadcast band. The display intensity is fully adjustable. • Adjustable Output Level and Remote Control Capable Both Tuner 1 and the optional Tuner 2 have Variable Outputs which can be used to match audio levels between various sources. When used in conjunction with a McIntosh Control Center or Multizone Controller, tuning functions can be performed with a remote control." - From McIntosh

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?

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The following images show actual McIntosh equipment purchased by StereoBuyers.