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That by Which All Others Compare

Founded in 1949, McIntosh is known for offering distinguished home audio systems that deliver the ultimate experience in music and film. Offering products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theaters with surround sound, McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home audio entertainment experience for discriminating listeners around the world. Our iconic blue Watt output meter is globally recognized as a symbol of quality home audio. With a McIntosh home stereo system or home theater, listeners have the ability to create their own luxury audio experience – and truly live their music.

McIntosh Heritage

1900-1940s McIntosh founders Frank McIntosh (right) and Gordon Gow (left).
1950s In the post war economy, it was the commercial broadcast industry that allowed McIntosh to get its start. Home audio enthusiasts quickly discovered that high performance McIntosh amplifiers worked beautifully in their home audio systems. The introduction of the long play high fidelity record stimulated the need for better audio equipment.
1960s The 1960s were marked by innovation and saw the advent of McIntosh’s famous front-panel illumination. The story goes that Gordon Gow suggested the front panel design and after developing our own ink, the McIntosh signature look of gold lettering in a lit room and teal illumination in a dim setting was born. By silk screening from the back side of the glass panel, the lettering would not rub off with use. The decade ended with McIntosh amplifiers being used to power Woodstock.
1970s In the 1970s, McIntosh grew in both product selection and new product categories. Loudspeakers were introduced along with a family of matching amplifiers, tuners, and glass faceplates and the signature blue amplifier power meters solidified the trademark McIntosh look. This was a great time for McIntosh and the audio business.
1980s The 1980s brought both new challenges and opportunities. Increased competition from both domestic and imported products along with a recession stalled sales growth. McIntosh responded with new innovative designs that won over a whole new generation of customers.
1990s The vision for the company was to expand its presence into the car audio market, and McIntosh introduced an automotive line in 1994. Innovations in the Loudspeaker division continued throughout the decade. Releases included McIntosh's first in-wall speaker system, the WS200, and the floor standing XR290 loudspeaker.
2000s Automotive audio OEM business turned out to be an exercise that would see McIntosh custom solutions developed for Harley Davidson, Ford Motor Company and Subaru. Advanced home audio systems are developed as interest in stereo rebounds as new product types and ways to experience McIntosh grow.
2010s McIntosh's 7th decade of delivering high performance, luxury audio systems started off with a combination of nostalgia and forward thinking. We paid homage to our roots by sponsoring a Grateful Dead exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while at the same time embracing digital and wireless music advances.
2020s The steady rise of home theater systems and daily innovations in audio technology continue to drive McIntosh to advance the listener experience. The resurgent "Roaring 20s" brings with it the triumphant return of McIntosh to the automotive industry.


McIntosh preamplifiers connect all your home audio components together. Offered in both solid state and vacuum tube designs, all McIntosh preamplifiers are easy to operate, flexible, and offer the highest level of audio performance available. The rear panel of any McIntosh preamplifier features an enormous number of connections to accommodate all your needs.


Power amplifiers are the driving force behind any great home audio system. McIntosh amplifiers blend eye-catching aesthetics, power and sonic integrity in a way that has been capturing the imagination of music lovers and home theater enthusiasts for decades. Whether your desires run towards vacuum tubes or solid state, Monoblock, stereo or multi-channel configurations, McIntosh has your home audio amplifier solution.

Integrated Amplifiers

Many music lovers choose a McIntosh integrated amplifier to be the backbone of their home audio or stereo system. Our integrated amplifiers combine the engineering and performance of our world-renowned amplifiers and preamplifiers into one space saving unit. By sharing a single chassis, integrated amplifiers help reduce the overall footprint of the home audio or stereo system.


A quality stereo receiver can be a building block of any home audio system. It has the ability to tune into your favorite radio stations, switch between sources, and deliver amplified sound to your speakers.


Turntables helped usher in the modern-day world of high-fidelity home audio. With some prized vinyl record collections dating back to the onset of hi-fi two-channel stereo, a McIntosh turntable will be able to deliver all the subtle nuances that your vinyl records contain.


Combining sonic finesse with the power handling capabilities necessary to transport you to a live performance is the hallmark of McIntosh home audio and home theater speakers. Our bookshelf and floor standing audio speakers represent the final link in a chain of top-quality components designed to seamlessly work together.


McIntosh offers a range of lifestyle audio products with the flexibility to adapt to today’s audio needs. From portable decoding amplifiers to wireless speakers to headphones to streaming audio products, we offer a solution to fit the way you live with your music.