McIntosh unveils new vacuum tube amp and preamp, the MC1502 and C22 MK V





With revamped designs in the company’s iconic style.

McIntosh is releasing a new amplifier – the MC1502 vacuum tube amplifier – and a new preamp – the C22 vacuum tube preamplifier MK V – this August.

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The MC1502

The MC1502 vacuum tube amplifier features 150 Watt capability per channel and eight KT88 output vacuum tubes, with four assigned to each stereo channel, as well as eight small signal tubes – comprised of four 12AX7A and four 12AT7 vacuum tubes.

It is an update on McIntosh’s MC2152 amplifier – released in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary in 2019 – and features the same audio specs and sound reproduction performance.

Priced at £8,400, the MC1502 measures 18.25″ x 10.25″ x 21″ and weighs 53.5 kg.

The C22 MK V

The C22 vacuum tube preamplifier MK V uses one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes, and has both moving coil and moving magnet phono stages.

Like the MC1502, the C22 MK V acts as an updated version of the C70 limited Edition 70th anniversary vacuum tube preamplifier.

Priced at £4,700, the C22 MK V measures 17.5″ x 6″ x 18” and weighs 11.3 kg.

Shipping for both products will begin in August for the United States and Canada, with their international release to follow this autumn.

Head here for more info on the MC1502 vacuum tube amplifier, and here for the C22 vacuum tube preamplifier MK V.