- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 21 August 2008
Introduction to the McIntosh MA6300
A friend I hadn't seen in quite some time invited me to his home, and we talked about many things, including our common audio interests. I mentioned casually that I was in the middle of auditioning the new MA6300 integrated amplifier from McIntosh. But this was a social trip, and I was most anxious to see his newly acquired dream wheels, the kind with 12 cylinders behind you and a front-end inches above the pavement – his new exotic Lambo.
If you've ever had the pleasure of sitting in a Lamborghini Diablo, you'll know that the doors don't swing out but swivel or pivot up. That's cool enough, but as the door swiveled open, the speaker mounted on the door panel was none other than a McIntosh. I said, "Hey you have McIntosh speakers in this car!" To which he replied, "I do, really?"
I suppose that if you bought an Italian car that drives 200 mph and has an engine that roars like a lion, you might not have paid attention to the audio system.
- Design: Integrated Stereo
- Power: 2 x 100 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms, 160 Watts into 4 Ohms
- MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- THD+N: 0.005%
- Inputs: XLR and RCA
- MM Phono Input
- Pre-Outs and Pre-Ins
- Dimensions: 7.6" H x 17.5" W x 22" D
- Weight 37 Pounds
- MSRP $3,000 USA
But I Digress
Frank McIntosh or Mr. "Mac" as he was affectionately known, began his company in the late 1940s as McIntosh Engineering Laboratory. It had its roots in Maryland, and then moved to its current home in Binghamaton, New York, in the early 1950s.
Anyone with any interest in this hobby who hasn't read Ken Kessler's excellent book on the legendary company should find a copy. It's not only very informative and intuitively laid out, but it's a great looking book too.
Most of us know that McIntosh is part of the larger D&M Holdings group which includes the likes of Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics, Snell and some others. In 1990, the year Frank McIntosh passed away, Clarion of Japan purchased McIntosh, then sold it to D&M Holdings in 2003. The smartest thing D&M had done after acquiring McIntosh was to leave them alone in Binghamton to do what they do best. With the infusion of additional funds, McIntosh has indeed gone on to excel.