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In Reply to: RE: McIntosh Clock, LOL posted by Les Anderson on June 30, 2017 at 10:13:53
.....if my memory is correct, that Mac contains a pretty exclusive Swiss eta thermocompensated movement. I'm not sure you can find anything else out there that's not in the same price range, if not a lot more.
A 'thermocompensated movement' is just a fancy way of describing a temperature compensated quartz crystal oscillator used as the time base or frequency reference for the clock. These small TCXO modules are pretty cheap. The temperature compensation helps keep them on frequency over a wider range of ambient temperature.
However, better accuracy is achieved in typical $25 radio controlled wall clocks that are synchronized to an atomic clock. [United States Time Standard atomic clocks, NIST-F1 and NIST-F2]
A time code signal (modified IRIG-H) derived from the atomic clock is transmitted over the air and received by the radio controlled clock periodically. Many of these clocks sync late at night or in the wee hours of the morning when radio propagation is best. In the USA, these clocks have receivers that operate at 60KHz. The WWVB 60KHz transmitter is operated by NIST and located in Ft. Collins Colorado. Other similar systems are available worldwide and operated by other countries.
We have a few $25 - $45 radio controlled clocks throughout our home and my $300 wrist watch uses the same technology. They are always less than 1 second off or 1 second apart from each other over an entire year or more as they are synchronized nightly.
Can't say the same for the McIntosh clock. It relies solely on it's own internal TCXO which is probably good for no better than about 10 - 15 seconds per year.... AND it costs $1800 !! It's all about those pretty blue meters and the McIntosh name. ;-)
Abe, you are correct, but find me a timepiece with a low cost eta thermo compensated movement and I'll take back everything I said. Anyone can buy a cheap watch or clock with a high accuracy rc or gps based movement but that's not what high end horology is about.
Cant tell if you are being serious, but the movement is quartz!
Dead serious. Do some research on thermo compensated quartz movements. They aren't cheap.
Your right! I stand corrected.
Not sure if that makes this more or less absurd. I am leaning more, as this is one of the most famous hifi manufacturers in the world who has apparently spent development resources on bringing a clock to market.
Yes, but McIntosh is now owned by a conglomerate who , no doubt , wish to "extend the brand". Think of Harley Davidson or Gibson guitars.
So prepare yourself in due course for a McIntosh exclusive male fragrance.
Fine Sounds, a holding company, that controls McIntosh, Audio Research, Sumiko and Wadia. It is owned by Quadrivio SGR a Italian Private Equity firm.
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