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McIntosh MAC1700

Stereo Receiver (1967-73)

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McIntosh MAC1700


Stereo records sound better on a McIntosh. McIntosh famous flexibility has been designed in and all desirable control facilities have been incorporated.

The MAC1700 wont go out of date because of a lack of flexibility. The preamplifier has 16 silicon planar transistors. High thermal stability, low noise and superior high frequency response make the added cost of silicon planar transistors worth the investment.

Low distortion and noise free reception from distant stations are the expected from a McIntosh. High sensitivity is the result of meticulous engineering and manufacturing superiority.

Outstanding stereo tapes are made with the MAC1700. The multiplex decoder and SCA filters guarantee the absolute best in FM stereo.

Two solid state 40 watt power amplifiers are the heart of the stereo instrument. Engineering innovation has again shown the way to McIntosh leadership in performance and protection. The MAC1700 is fail safe, regardless of the speaker load.

McIntosh believes in maximum return of your investment for a longer period of time. The sophisticated beauty arid the conservative appearance assures you that the styling is not dated.


Tuning range: FM

Power output: 40 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.25%

Damping factor: 100

Input sensitivity: 2.4mV (MM), 300mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MM), 75dB (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 8Ω

Dimensions: 16 x 5.5 x 14.5 inches

Weight: 34lbs

Year: 1967



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Reviewed Jul 22nd, 2017 by rogerschultz

Awesome receiver. Great sound. Rich and warm with vinyl. Plenty of power. Wish it had a couple more aux inputs, but when made, there were not as many input sources.

Reviewed Nov 30th, 2013 by 2channel cat

As with most of the McIntosh transitionals the 1700 was certainly exceptional for the engineers target market. With fluent deep (also comped ) bass, Mac's understood and rarely compromised midrange and superior warm hi's. It still maintains its position to this day as a superb 2nd or office/bedroom alternative to a multi-componant system.



re: MAC1700

Bought a 1700 a couple of months ago. I played around with some different speakers in order for it to sound as I would have expected. It does seem to have a unique sound...I mean that in a good way.

Hooked up a pair of Canton Karat 30's. Although just a modest bookshelf speaker, they sounded really great and seemed to bring out the best in the Mac. Not sure why, but the bass seemed better controlled and still punchy. The Cantons are 4 ohms, but the 1700 drove them effortlessly. I had tried Paradigm 7se' s and AR 4X's. The Cantons sounded a fair amount better.

If you like a laid back east coast sound, this receiver is for you. When I want something more forward, I run my Sansui 4000.

re: MAC1700

I have one of the last ones made. I purchased it on July 9, 1973. I still have the invoice and credit card charge slip. Everything still works on it. I also bought the wood cabinet. I have the original boxes for both the receiver and the wood cabinet. I run it with JBL L100 speakers. It still sounds great.

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