For seven decades, McIntosh has defined "ultimate-quality" audio and provided top-tier home entertainment electronics, with a solid foundation built upon its world-renowned amplifiers. Amplifiers need a solid foundation upon which to rest, too and for that, McIntosh has unveiled a pair of new amplifier stands perfectly suited for its current and past models.
The AS125 stand is the general-purpose stand that the company says will work with a variety of its mana block amplifiers as well as stereo and integrated amplifiers, and is appropriately sized for holding other system components. The dimensions are 17.813" W x 4.051" H x 18.013" D.
McIntosh's AS901 is a specialized variant of the new stand, designed explicitly for the MC901 Dual Mono Amplifier. To accommodate the dimensions of this amplifier, the shelf requires 11.8 inches of extra depth, the resulting dimensions are 17.813" W x 4.051" H x 29.813" D.
As for pricing and availability, you can order the new stands now and McIntosh expects to ship this month within the United States and Canada, with the global expansion of availability shortly thereafter. MSRP for the new stands is as follows: $3000 for the AS125 and $3500 for the AS901.
According to McIntosh, the two new stands share the following features:
· Made from sustainably sourced solid white ash, an incredibly strong and durable wood, and resistant to scratches and dents.
· Constructed using a face-glued technique with edge grain top, which provides extreme strength, durability, and stability.
· Finished with multiple coats of jet-black stain, with a catalyzed lacquer topcoat to provide added vibrancy and depth to the finish.
· Each have a 3" (7.62cm) thick wood slab to firmly hold the gear.
· The feet have a protective pad on the bottom to protect floors and minimize vibrations.
· Each includes a faceplate with the McIntosh logo that can be illuminated green via the Power Control ports.
· The wood slab is made by Symbol Audio, who have received Silver Exemplary status from the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Final assembly, packing, and shipping is done at the McIntosh factory in Binghamton, NY