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McIntosh MC2105

Solid State Stereo Power Amplifier (1970-75)

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McIntosh MC2105

Specifications

Power output: 105 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.25%

Damping factor: 13

Input sensitivity: 0.5V

Signal to noise ratio: 90dB

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Semiconductors: 34 x transistors, 18 x rectifiers and diodes

Dimensions: 411 x 181 x 368mm

Weight: 29.5kg

Finish: anodized gold and black with gold teal nomenclature

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Reviewed Feb 01st, 2017 by breeeze

The 2105 is a very enjoyable reliable amp for me the past few years. My power switch broke, which is common, so I had to switch to wall strip to turn on/off. Recently, my amp started to sound a little dull, so I downloaded the schematic from HiFi and was able to trace the signal path through capacitors C9, C10 (board 043-795), that is commonly a 10uf electrolytic. I replaced these caps with large paper and oil caps that I had to mount on the forward metal bracket (behind the glass), and run lead wires to the points on the board. I thought there'd be some hum or some side effect when I powered up-- but boy was I was wrong. I want to share that this simple mod made my 2105 so much more enjoyable for me-- way more 3D/holographic and vastly increased detail in tones. In my experience, the 10uf electrolytic in C9, C10- even high quality audio electrolytic caps- hold back the 2105's potential. This is a fun reliable amp to own, and actually pretty easy to work on and modify using the schematic. I'd suggest anyone looking to add higher resolution and a more immersive experience from this amp, to address the capacitors that are in the signal path (defined in bold on the schematic) on the input section. Thanks!

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Reviewed May 21st, 2015 by shawn Ince

My 2105 coupled with the MX113 preamp sounds ! well its hard to explaine. You have to get use to the Mcintosh sound ,its like no other.
I have a set of XR7's with a Mcintosh 104 EQ and what a set up. Im a JBL snob from way back but!!. just lovin it , the XR7's are everything Rouger Russels great mind could achive. I will never part with the 2105 and what ive built over the years.
Life is great in my sound room. :) Throw a nice LP on and just kick it. Five stars for the MC2105

 

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