McIntosh MC830: Monoblock with speaker damage and short circuit protection
McIntosh introduced the MC830 all-in-one. This semiconductor power amplifier is schematically matched to the C8 tube preamplifier. Both models correspond to each other in size and design and will go on sale at the same time. According to a press release, the MC830 is ready to drive 300W into an 8 Ohm speaker. If the impedance of the acoustics is reduced by half, the power will increase to 480 W. Protecting the connected speaker from overload using the proprietary Power Guard technology is able to prevent speaker clipping.
Another proprietary protection option – Sentry Monitor – protects the amplifier from short circuits without using fuses. The output stage will be momentarily disabled before the current exceeds a dangerous level. After returning to normal connection, the amplifier will automatically return to working state.
A pair of encoders on the sloping part of the MC830’s front panel are responsible for turning it on and for the traditional McIntosh dial gauge, which indicates the current power level of the device. On the sides of the case are radiators decorated with a corporate logo.
The amplifier can accept the input signal on balanced or unbalanced connectors. In terms of speaker cable terminals, the MC830 features McIntosh’s patented Gold-Plated Solid Cinch Terminals for easy, secure fit.
The McIntosh MC830 plug will be available in September with a US MSRP of $4,000. Lovers of high-quality sound in the USA and Canada will be the first to buy the new product.