McIntosh MC602 Amplifiers

4/5 (4 Reviews) MSRP : $403.00


Product Description

The MC602 has a fully balanced design, featuring a double-balanced, push-pull configuration. McIntosh uses their exclusive impedance matching output autotransformers. This powerful amplifier is full of features to ensure that the power is delivered safely, including clipping protection, current protection, thermal protection, DC failure protection and a turn-on delay with a soft start to protect against sudden surges and ensure a long product life


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tonymiao a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I have experience of using MC500, MBL8011, ACCUPHASE P700 power amplifiers in my system. The different speakers used are ATC50, ATC100, B&W N802, B&W N801, Genesis 5. MC602 has given me the best performance than the others. It makes the sound very natural and live comparing to the too weak of MBL and flat of AQ. MC500 has similar sound but a little bit harder. This is the same situation for my different speakers. Oh I forgot the Class'e CA410 I also used for a long period. That sound is really too sharp for me. Of course this is only my experience and maybe different in other systems. My pre-amp are McIntosh C42, Gamut D3 and my CD players are Audio Research CD3 and Esoteric X-50W for your reference.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2009

Bottom Line:   
As an addition to my Mac system I bought the MC-602 last December from the original owner, after dealing 2 times with the Colorado Springs dealer to get all of the bulbs working I have really settled in to enjoying the amplifier. Speakers used so far are the Martin Logan SL-3's and the Definitive Technology BP-2000's with retrofit crossovers and new 15" 72 ohm, yes 72 ohm woofers from the factory.(The 602 killed the originals) I have stuck with the BP-2000's for the 602 mostly. The ML SL-3's I have hooked up to a Mac MC-352 and a second pair of BP-2000's hooked up to a Mac MC-202. The 202 amp only runs the mids and tweeters as I'm using the inboard amps on the speakers. The MC-602 immediately impressed everyone with a broader soundstage but overall clarity and bass reach were not that different between the 3 amps. I did 2 things to get more out of the system, especially the MC-602. First I changed the preamp from a Mac C-42 to a Mac C-46 which roughly doubles the output voltage to all of the amps. Second I upgraded the whole house electrical system from 100-200 amps so I was able to give the MC-602 and the MC-352 their own 20 amp circuits and split the original 20 amp and 15 amp circuits to feed the MC-202 and the peripherals. Above all the MC-602 really showed its colors with deeper bass and an overall better sonic presentation. I will never put down the other two amps because they too are awesome. I just met a guy who has been in radio for 30 years to believe it or not....inspect my house, he does a local "fix your house" radio show these days and after being exposed to studio sound equipment all of those years he just sat down in awe saying "I didn't know that instrument was in that song", ect. ect. I just smiled and said "welcome to the world of McIntosh"

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Toni Fishman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
After bring my McIntosh MR78 Tuner in for repair & paying the bill in full. I return home to see that it was not fixed properly and one channel was still out. So I go back and leave it with Richard Cox for him to take a look at it again. He fixes it and I call him into see if it's done. During the conversation Richard tell me Nick Jr. is mad at me and he can't let me pick it up. So I call Nick Sr. to ask why Jr. 's got a hair up his ass. Sr. tells me Jr. heard thru the grape vine I bought some speakers at Best Buy rather then at The Stereo Shop. So a few weeks pass I figure I'd let Jr. cool off.... I go back in today to try to pick it up my tuner and I'm told never to come in the store again, he hopes I die & that I should f_ck my self... Real Nice guy Hu... I've been a customer their for over 25 years I worked their out of high school as well. So I still don't have my tuner, so I call the cops and they tell me its a civil matter and I need to take him to court over a $800.00 tuner... So after a few hours I call my aunt and ask her if she was having them do work at here house based on my referral. She says yes she is working with nick on a new system. So I tell her what went down & that she should not pay them unless I get my tuner back. We will see if this leverage causes Nick Jr. to change his mind... BUYER BE CAREFUL NICK HAS DRIVEN THE SHOP INTO THE GROUND & HIS PRICES ARE WAY TOO HIGH....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdevine a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have been a long time McIntosh fan having gone up the chain from the MC 2105 to the MC 2255 and then a MC 300 and then the MC 500 and finally the MC 602 , It has been a long strange trip about 30 years worth but I think I am home, this amp does every thing that I ask of it and is the first piece of audio gear that ever gave me the wow factor twice once when I picked it up and said wow is that heavy and the second was when I set it up hooked it with my Thiel 7.2's at first it sounded very good then I left the room after it settled in , when I came back a short while later I actually said wow now thats how it is supposed to sound. Crisp airy highs tight and abundant bass and clearly enough headroom to drive any reasonable speaker to a desireable level.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Shop Hartford




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mcintosh mc402 or mc602

I've been looking at the info on these two amps and I would like to know if one is better sounding than the other? I know there's a 200 watt difference but is there a difference in sound quility? Thank you for your input!Read More »

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