"Kick serious arse."
The MC462 Quad Balanced Stereo Amplifier and C53 Preamplifier have been awarded a 2021 Sound+Image Award from Sound+Image Magazine (Australia) for "Stereo Pre-Power Amplifiers of the Year Over AU$20,000."
"An amplifier that has zero audible noise at low to normal listening levels," the judges' commented, "but which can also kick serious arse – because it’s a McIntosh pre-power. Dig it." A sincere thank you to Sound+Image for this award.
The pair were first reviewed in Sound+Image's sister publication Audio Esoterica Issue #1-2020, where reviewer Eric Haswell said the C53/MC462 combo sounded "super-smooth and superbly balanced at all times, whilst never letting the smoothness of their delivery interfere with their ability to resolve a level of detail, [which] means you will hear nuances you just will not hear with lesser amplifiers."
(Excerpts taken from original review by Eric Haswell / Audio Esoterica / Issue #1-2020)