In Reply to: Classic Mac Sound posted by email@example.com on February 19, 2017 at 11:10:14:
THe Classic McIntosh sound comes from their transformers - in the power amp side- and from a 'More is better' on the Pre-amp side.
McIntosh, Like the early Marantz had absolutely amazing output transformers for their tubed gear - all were Ultra-linear in topology and were potted. they had great frequency response and have a great sound.
they do not have high damping factor - hence the 'soft bass' and often the early units only were tested up to 16,000cps (Cycles per second=Hertz) so did not go the extra 4-10KHz in top end definition...
As McIntosh introduced transistors (SS) into amplifiers - they put 'Autoformers' on the output side. this did a few things - one made the amp stable into any speaker- and carried the 'house sound' into the ss gear.
Do new production units have the same sound - not fully, but close- they have expanded the frequency range of the OPTs but kept the original circuit - though with better components-
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Topic - Classic Mac Sound - firstname.lastname@example.org 11:10:14 02/19/17 (11)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - goldenthal 19:34:58 02/25/17 (1)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - email@example.com 08:52:41 02/26/17 (0)
- I do not think much of 'Classic Mac Sound' just old fashioned muck with grain. - 3+4=5 11:11:01 02/21/17 (0)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - stellavox 07:48:52 02/21/17 (0)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - fantja 19:20:20 02/19/17 (1)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - firstname.lastname@example.org 06:48:32 02/20/17 (0)
- RE: Classic Mac Sound - 6bq5 18:29:10 02/19/17 (4)