McIntosh 1900

McIntosh 1900


Most vintage audio enthusiasts consider McIntosh equipment to be the top of the line. It is some of the best designed and best built audio equipment made during that time period. And, actually many would argue that you would have to spend thousands of dollars today on contemporary audio equipment in order to equal the performance of restored vintage McIntosh gear. McIntosh amplifiers are some of the most highly souhgt after vintage audio equipment around.

This is the McIntosh 1900 AM/FM solid state receiver. It was produced from 1973-1978 and had a list price of $949.00.


  • Power output: 55W RMS into 4 or 8 Ohms
  • Harmonic distortion: less than 0.20%
  • Intermodulation distortion: less than 0.20%
  • Damping factor: 59 across an 8 Ohm load
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Finish: front panel in anodized black and gold
  • Weight: 14.97kg - 33 pounds

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A McIntosh 1900 in good condition recently sold for $600 (6-8-2011). It had mild wear to the case and a couple lamp problems and one broken button.


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Mclintosh was not at all the best equipment in the mid to late 6os- to 70s The old man thought his equipmeennt was the best and it was over prices It really didn’t sound very good with classical music At that time Marantz was far better and if you wanted to spend more Audio Research was even better then Mac could ever be Even today it is not worth the money One would be better to envest n Marantz


August 28th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Bill has appaently never owned McIntosh equipment. I have owned and continue to own a lot of “MAC” equipment. All of it has always performed flawlessly for many, many years. The only folks I know of who are not particularly fond of “MAC” equipement are the out-of-work audio repairmen.


March 14th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
bob anderson:

bill is right about marantz- it is a good value today. the vintage marantz is really nice. i have a model 1070 integrated amp. it bests jolida’s 1501. and pioneer sx880. soon will compare it to a mac 1900. got a feeling the marantz will come out winner. the detail and range is amazing. the jolida is a nice amp, but the marantz is something else. much of the vintage gear is nice- hi fidelity solid state.

October 29th, 2012 at 11:14 am

I think so too. I have a few Marantz receivers and when they’re restored there isn’t much out there that is better.

October 31st, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Can I run my Iphone 5 thru the 1900….I know, I know it is not vinyl but is it possible?

January 5th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I don’t have a McIntosh but I found this thread on the subject…

January 13th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
Dana Forister:

I have owned a Mac 1900 since the early 1980’s I think it is the greatest built AMERICAN product. I raised 4 children and they blew out lots of JBL’s and other speakers my son played his electric guitar thru the Mac!!!

June 5th, 2013 at 12:40 am

1973-1978 MAC 1900 is incorrect. I bought mine in 1971. Still have the original docs from McIntosh.

February 19th, 2015 at 9:39 am

I have owned my MAC 1900 since the spring of 1977. It is on EVERY DAY. When it was new (less than a year old) one of the channels went out. Macintosh at the time was putting on their “clinics” around the country. They repaired it when they hooked it up and found only one side was working. Since then the only other problem was the on / off switch. That was replaced two years ago. Other than that, “it takes a licking and keeps on ticking”! My $948.00 was well spent.

August 31st, 2015 at 5:20 pm

The best receiver I ever had. The Mac 1900 was a tank since 1974 I bought new in Gainesville, Fl full price ran big JBLs and reconed them later yrs still sounded like the first day I bought it. I moved and traveled to South Fl where with high humidity storage and couple moves took bath in 1994 but the Mac was turned on every time I walked in day or night. I gave it away to some guy when it ate it(not smart). Since bought Onkyo TX80..? and 2 Nakamichi (nice), Marantz (all ok, Nak closest in mid and highs, but none quite like the Mac 1900). So now I just purchased a Mac 1900 again and LOVE IT! Might buy 2 more or the bigger ones soon. Jay Asheville, NC
October 29/2015

October 29th, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Arguing what is the best of any category of machine will always be a subjective discussion with no one person’s opinion ultimately right. For me, longevity (value) and performance at expected specifications are the best measures of quality.
I purchased my MAC1900 in Rochester in the early ’70s. I took it to those free clinics. It has powered a pair of JBL 100s, in addition to two other pairs of lesser speakers, for over 40 years. The only repair work was performed about 10 years ago on the tuner’s stereo indicator light and the on/off volume knob, done at the factory in Binghamton. The technician advised me that the replacement on/off volume switch was substandard as McIntosh must use aftermarket parts. A deficiency is only noticeable at very low gain.
My late father-in-law built two switching devices to allow for additional inputs and outputs, from sources like television, IPads and Internet radio.
I continue to enjoy listening to all genres of music and feel like my $950 was well spent. (Over $4500 in inflation adjusted dollars!) Having to get up out of the chair to adjust the volume provides needed exercise for someone in his 60s.
My only dilemma will be deciding which child will receive it in my will.

November 18th, 2016 at 5:48 am

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