3rd November 2022
Binghamton, New York, USA, 3 November 2022: McIntosh has launched the MI502 2-Channel Digital Amplifier, a powerful and highly versatile Class D power amp that’s set to expand the company’s uncompromising ‘Ci-Fi’ (Custom Install Fidelity) portfolio.
The MI502 is extremely flexible, offering a substantial 500 watts of power into 8 ohms or 800 watts into 4 ohms, making it highly attractive for premium custom-installed home audio or home cinema systems.
The amplifier uses innovative closed-loop digital switching technology with resilient power supplies to produce groundbreaking performance levels for custom install audio; McIntosh’s world-renowned sound quality comes as standard.
The MI502 can be configured flexibly, too: it can be used to power the front left and right speakers in a home cinema system; drive two in-wall subwoofers; a pair could drive the three front channels of a home cinema plus one subwoofer; or even power a pair of outdoor speakers; multiple MI502s could also be used to power a distributed home audio system.
Rack-mountable with a 2U height, the MI502’s highly efficient Class D amplifier means the amplifier does not require noisy cooling fans to maintain nominal operating temperature, despite its powerful 500-watt output.
The front panel features two blue McIntosh Watt Meters that display the power output of each channel, while multi-colour LED indicators display the status of each channel. The rear panel includes a pair of balanced and unbalanced inputs to connect to preamplifiers, and a pair of McIntosh's standard five-way speaker binding posts are also included.
Also included is a black-glass front panel, an illuminated McIntosh logo, and a familiar form factor, highlighted by silver trim.
The MI502 also benefits from several proprietary McIntosh technologies including:
- Power Guard® signal overload technology that prevents overdriving the speakers
- Sentry Monitor™ short-circuit protection circuit that disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal
- Power Control 12-volt triggering capabilities
- Eco-friendly on/off signal sensing that turns the unit off if no input signal has been detected for a set amount of time, or automatically turns the amp on when it senses a signal.