Sunday 19 February 2012

50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 tube power amplifier

Binghamton, NY, October 6, 2011 McIntosh Laboratory, global leader in prestige quality audio for over 60 years, is celebrating the golden anniversary of its legendary MC275 Amplifier with the debut of its 50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 tube power amplifier. Featuring an elegant gold-toned chassis, the specially created amp is being offered in a very limited quantity, accompanied by a commemorative book and deluxe packaging. It combines modern convenience and performance enhancements without altering the smooth, clean sound character that has made the MC275 famous for the past 50 years. With the new Limited Edition MC275, music enthusiasts and discerning consumers will be able to experience all the power, realism and emotional connection with their music made possible by an ultimate-quality McIntosh amp. McIntosh Global Vice President for Sales & Marketing Linda Passaro noted: “In 1961, McIntosh reinvented the art and science of quality music reproduction with the debut of its original MC275 tube power amplifier. Since then, this legendary amp has continued to evolve, and set new standards for quality, musicality and reliability. Amazingly, even after 50 years, many of the very first MC275 amps are still in use and prized by their owners today. Our new Limited Edition amp celebrates the original for everything it is – and everything it has meant to generations of McIntosh customers for ‘bringing their music to life.’ This is truly a golden anniversary for the MC275, and years from now, music lovers who purchase a Limited Edition model will still be enjoying their investment in great sound!”
“Bring Your Music to Life” with Classic McIntosh Styling, New Features for Today’s Listening Trends
With its luxurious gold-toned chassis and rock-solid craftsmanship, the Limited Edition MC275 features the classic 1961 tube circuit design of the original, recognized worldwide as the hallmark of unmatched quality, performance and reliability. The new model incorporates several advanced features suited to today’s listening trends. Key enhancements include a multi-colored LED display to indicate different levels of activity, as well as a new High Speed Sentry Monitor circuit that automatically turns the amp off should any particular tube wear out. When the tube is replaced, normal operation is restored. Also, for the first time ever, the Limited Edition MC275 is equipped with Power Control input and output, so on-off operation can be controlled by a simple cable connection to any McIntosh preamp or processor. The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 tube power amplifier will be available in December 2011 for a suggested retail price of $6,500.
About McIntosh Laboratory
Since 1949, McIntosh Laboratory’s unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation and quality continues to define the state-of-the-art in high fidelity and provide discriminating consumers around the world an elevated home entertainment experience. McIntosh high-performance audio and video products are handcrafted at the company’s Binghamton, New York headquarters. Its products reflect unmatched levels of performance, superlative engineering and hand craftsmanship. Built to last for decades, McIntosh components demand nothing less than an equal level of commitment to customer support and service. McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. is a D&M Holdings company.

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When Was the First CD Player Invented?


  • The invention of the CD player was a breakthrough in the entertainment industry. This was the gateway into new technology for gaming consoles, computer systems and DVD players. The music scene changed dramatically as well. Before the CD player, casette and eight-track tapes had poor sound quality and were prone to damage. The CD player offered digital quality sound without feedback noise, as well as more entertainment options.


  • In the late 1970s, Sony collaborated with Philips Electronics and Polygram to design a new type of music player. The first CD player was in production for two to three years before it was available to the public. CDP-101 was the first commercialized CD player on the market. Even though other companies began producing CD players. Sony and their partners started the trend and their products were less expensive than their competitors'. The initial player retailed for an astounding $900 and was officially on sale on October 1, 1982. Along with the CD player, Sony released over 50 CDs around the same period. The first CD was "52 Street" by Billy Joel.


  • The CD player had a front-loading disk tray, which was inexpensive to manufacture. The CD disks were comprised of 1s and 0s. These are binary numbers, which are used in computers as well. The player read the binary code and played the CD accordingly. Even if multiple parties using it scratched the disk, it still played with crisp clarity. The CD player came with a remote control. This was a fairly new invention as well. The remote control was an infrared device.


  • There were several features on the CDP-101 player that were new to the industry. A large display window was productive to view track numbers and playable options. The buttons were huge for easy viewing. It had play, pause, track forward and back buttons. You could also repeat and shuffle through the songs. It was equipped with a sturdy open and close button. The remote was similar to a TV/VCR device. It enabled the user to push the number of the track he wished to play, and it had all the options that were located on the CD player.


  • The Sony CDP-101 offered digital sound. The background noise, humming and pitch problems associated with tapes were obsolete. It enabled users to hook up a complete surround-sound system in their living room. The price for the first CD player was so high, that most of the public could not afford it at the release date. If you were able to purchase the machine in the first few days, you owned a piece of history as well as bragging rights as one of the first to own a CD player. 

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