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McIntosh - MC3500 Mk II Monoblock Vacuum Tube Amplifier

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McIntosh - MC3500 Mk II Monoblock Vacuum Tube Amplifier

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The McIntosh MC3500 Mk II is a monoblock vacuum tube amplifier that brings legendary sound and performance into the modern era. Built as a tribute to the original MC3500, which powered the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival, this amplifier offers unparalleled musicality and power for audiophiles and professional musicians alike.

Build Quality and Design

The MC3500 Mk II embodies McIntosh's unwavering commitment to quality, featuring a robust stainless steel chassis and a classic polished black glass front panel with the iconic McIntosh logo illuminated. The visible vacuum tubes are not only integral to its function but also add to its vintage aesthetic, creating a striking piece of audio equipment that demands attention.

Circuit Design

This amplifier is powered by eight KT88 output vacuum tubes, delivering 350 watts of pure tube power. It incorporates McIntosh’s Unity Coupled Circuit, an innovation that ensures the full 350 watts is available regardless of the speaker’s impedance, providing stable and reliable performance. The MC3500 Mk II is meticulously designed to maintain ultra-low distortion and produce a rich, enveloping sound that is both powerful and refined.

Key Specifications

  • Power Output: 350W @ 2, 4 or 8 Ohms
  • Tubes: 8 x KT88, 3 x 12AX7A, 2 x 12AT7
  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    +0, -3.0dB from 10Hz to 70,000Hz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.3% maximum harmonic distortion at any power level from 250 milliwatts to rated power, 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    <0.20% at 1W, 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Inputs: 1 balanced, 1 RCA
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D)18" (45.7cm) x 11-13/16" (30cm) x 21-5/8" (54.9cm)
  • Weight: 121 lbs (54.9 kg)

Sound Quality

The MC3500 Mk II delivers a sound experience that is rich, dynamic, and deeply resonant. The warmth of the tube amplification enhances the nuances of the audio, providing organic, detailed soundscapes that captivate and engage listeners.

Why Choose the McIntosh MC3500 Mk II?

For those seeking a robust tube amplifier with historical significance and cutting-edge audio performance, the McIntosh MC3500 Mk II is an exemplary choice. It combines the charm of vintage audio equipment with modern technology to provide an unforgettable listening experience that honors its roots while embracing the future.