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“AN UPCOMING CLASSIC.” LYD & BILDE REVIEWS THE MC1502 VACUUM TUBE AMPLIFIER

Like the MC275, the MC1502 is very quiet for a vacuum tube amplifier. With a signal-to-noise ratio of 112dB, the MC1502 is quieter than the already quiet MC275. Lasse Svendsen found this out for himself, stating the MC1502 was “as quiet as the grave” when turned on, but then when the music started it was “powerful like a steamroller.” Paired with a set of JBL speakers, Svendsen said it was rare that he felt “music in [this] same physical way” except when “at a concert.” The MC1502 controlled the speakers “with a conductor’s precision.”

Like the MC275, the MC1502 is very quiet for a vacuum tube amplifier. With a signal-to-noise ratio of 112dB, the MC1502 is quieter than the already quiet MC275. Lasse Svendsen found this out for himself, stating the MC1502 was “as quiet as the grave” when turned on, but then when the music started it was “powerful like a steamroller.” Paired with a set of JBL speakers, Svendsen said it was rare that he felt “music in [this] same physical way” except when “at a concert.” The MC1502 controlled the speakers “with a conductor’s precision.”

Svendsen stated the MC1502 will go down in history as a McIntosh classic, on par with the MC275. The MC1502 “combines brutal control and quantities of power, with openness and sophistication. The amplifier is potent enough to power most speakers, and will only sound better the more it has to work with.” 

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(Excerpts taken from original review by Lasse Svendsen / Lyd & Bilde / April 11, 2021)

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