McIntosh launches MI1250 power amplifier

12-channels of robust power

by Andy Bassett
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McIntosh launches MI1250 power amplifier

McIntosh, purveyor of high end home entertainment and audio products for over 7 decades has unveiled the new MI1250 12-Channel power amplifier.

Based in New York, the renowned AV manufacturer has steadily been releasing new home entertainment products throughout 2021, including the MCD85 CD player, the MB20 Bluetooth transceiver plus and a new 8K version of its MX123 AV processor. Now the US firm has announced the launch of the MI1250 power amplifier designed to bring McIntosh’s signature sound quality to A/V systems and custom installations everywhere. 

This 12-channel digital distribution amplifier offers 50 watts of power into 8 ohms and 90 watts into 4 ohms and that power is distributed using highly sophisticated closed-loop digital switching amplifiers that are paired with rugged power supplies.

McIntosh launches MI1250 power amplifier
McIntosh MI1250 power amp

The highly efficient Class D amplifier does not require noisy cooling fans to maintain nominal operating temperature and suits rack-mounting installation with its standard rack friendly dimensions. Cool and quiet operation means there’s no imperative to site the MI1250 in a separate installation room or cupboard.

The front panel features a large, easy to see multi-colour LED display with indicators to display the status of each channel, and the rear unbalanced inputs are located with two-pole Phoenix-style push-in speaker terminals for each channel, along with volume controls plus four digital inputs: two optical and two coaxial.

McIntosh brings its palette of proprietary protective and user friendly technologies to the MI1250 including: Power Guard signal-overload technology which prevents speaker overdrive; a Sentry Monitor short-circuit protection circuit for disengaging the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels which is then followed by automatic resetting; BUS input and outputs to easily distribute the stereo signal to multiple outputs and/or multiple amplifiers and 12-volt triggering.

McIntosh launches MI1250 power amplifier
McIntosh MI1250 power amp - rear

An on/off signal-sensor powers the unit off if no input signal has been detected for a set amount of time and automatically turns the amp on when a signal is sensed, helping to usefully manage electricity.

The MI1250 includes many typical McIntosh design cues, including a black-glass front panel housing an illuminated McIntosh logo, plus the familiar form factor complemented by silver trim.

The MI1250 will start shipping from November 2021 (UK) price at £4,995. Orders can be placed with authorised McIntosh dealers now.

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