MC601 Amplifiers

The MC601 monoblock amplifier features the classic McIntosh design yet is timelessly handsome. It produces an extraordinary 600 watts of power – more than enough to driver virtually any loudspeaker. And thanks to our unique Autoformer, this full 600 watts is delivered into 2, 4 or 8 ohm speakers.

Like many of our other amplifiers, the MC601 employs our Quad Balanced design from input to output; this design cancels virtually all noise and distortion that may have snuck into the audio signal. As a result, the signal is still as clean as when it entered the amplifier – even when amplified to high levels.

The MC601 is full of many other noted McIntosh technologies. Power Guard® will prevent harsh sounding clipping that could damage your speakers. Proprietary speaker binding posts ensure the best connection to all types of speaker wire terminations for worry free operation. Our fuse-less short-circuit protection circuit Sentry Monitor disengages the output stage before current exceeds safe operating levels and then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal. Inputs for both balanced and unbalanced cables are available to provide flexibility in connecting to the rest of your system. The alluring blue meter is not only a great conversation starter but also provides a fast and accurate reading of the amplifier’s power output.

Visually, the MC601 is beautiful to look at with a polished stainless steel chassis, a classic glass front panel, knobs and brushed aluminum handles that all seamlessly blend with any room decor. The MC601 is an ideal choice for stereo music systems using one per speaker or multiple per speaker in bi-amp or tri-amp configurations. It is also well suited for use in home theater systems, using one to drive each home theater speaker. Contact your local dealer​ to learn more.

Electronic Specifications

Power Output per Channel

600W @ 2, 4 or 8 Ohms

Number of Channels

1

Total Harmonic Distortion

0.005%

S/N below rated output

124dB

Dynamic Headroom

1.8dB

Damping Factor

>40 Wideband

Rated Power Band

20Hz to 20kHz

Frequency Response

+0, -0.25dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz
+0, -3.0dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz

Control

Remote Power Control

Yes

Multi-Channel DB25 Cable

N/A

General Specifications

Circuit Configuration

Quad Balanced

Circuit Design

Transistor

Mono Bridge

N/A

Mono Parallel

N/A

Autoformer

Yes

Meters

Yes

Meter Light Switch

Yes

Balanced Input

Yes, and output

Front Panel

Glass with handles

Illumination

LED Fiber Optic

Chassis Style

Open Stainless Steel

Gold Plated Binding Posts

Yes, New Style McIntosh

Weights & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

17-1/2" (44.45cm) x 9-7/16" (23.97cm) (including feet) x 22" (55.88cm) (including front panel, handles and cables)

Weight

93 lbs (42.18 kg)

Shipping Weight

126 lbs (57.15kg)

Product Literature


MC601 Power Amplifier Brochure (2.80 MB) (5/29/2012) Download


User Documents


MC601 Power Amplifier Owner's Manual (8.93 MB) (3/22/2013) Download


MC601 Power Amplifier Connection Diagram (1.11 MB) (6/12/2012) Download


Products In This Collection

MC601

1-Channel Amplifier

  • 600 Watt Quad Balanced Monoblock
  • High power in a compact chassis

C50

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • Advanced digital inputs including USB
  • USB DAC with 32bit, 192kHz (96kHz) interface

MR88

AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner

  • Classic dial meter display
  • 20 presets per tuning mode

MCD1100

2-Channel SACD/CD Player

  • Advanced SACD/CD/WMA/MP3 Player
  • Five additional Digital Inputs, USB

MT10

2-Channel Precision Turntable

  • Belt Drive
  • MC Cartridge

MEN220

Room Correction System

  • Works on 1/12 Octaves
  • 2-Way Electronic Crossover for Bi-amping

MPC1500

Power Controller

  • Isolation Transformer to Shield Components
  • Connect up to 12 components

XRT1K

Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 1,200 Watts Power Handling
  • Ported, 3-Way design
Recommended Products

C500

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • Tube or Solid State
  • MM and MC Phono

MCD1100

2-Channel SACD/CD Player

  • Advanced SACD/CD/WMA/MP3 Player
  • Five additional Digital Inputs, USB

MT10

2-Channel Precision Turntable

  • Belt Drive
  • MC Cartridge

MR88

AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner

  • Classic dial meter display
  • 20 presets per tuning mode

MEN220

Room Correction System

  • Works on 1/12 Octaves
  • 2-Way Electronic Crossover for Bi-amping

MPC1500

Power Controller

  • Isolation Transformer to Shield Components
  • Connect up to 12 components

XRT1K

Floor Standing Loudspeaker System

  • 1,200 Watts Power Handling
  • Ported, 3-Way design