Founded in 1949 in Silver Springs, Maryland by Frank McIntosh and Gordon Gow, McIntosh is synonymous for its home audio systems.
The products McIntosh produce today echo the original vision of Frank McIntosh and his belief that he could build an amplifier more perfect than anyone believed was possible. Frank achieved this with co-founder Gordon in the form of the famous ‘Unity Coupled Circuit.’
In 1951, McIntosh relocated from Silver Springs to Binghamton, NY. The current building is where the company is based today, and its products are designed and hand-built by passionate employees. This move took place in the same year that Sidney Corderman joined the duo as head of research, engineering and development and it was his 40-year career that helped establish McIntosh as a leader in high-performance audio.
Alongside McIntosh, Gow and Corderman worked Maurice Painchaud, a quiet, financial mastermind and head of production and procurement.
It was in the 1950’s that the company flourished, as home audio enthusiasts discovered McIntosh amplifiers were perfect within their home audio systems. From this decade on, McIntosh continued to innovate and grow.
The 1960’s saw the advent of McIntosh’s famous front-panel illumination, and the company’s amplifiers were used to power Woodstock. Then, in the 1970’s came the introduction of loudspeakers and a range of matching amplifiers, tuners, and glass faceplates.
Through the 1980’s McIntosh continued to showcase innovative designs and in the 1990’s and 2000’s the company introduced an automotive line to their arsenal of products. It developed custom solutions for Harley Davidson, Ford Motor Company and Subaru.
McIntosh continues to supply iconic products for two-channel stereo sound systems and multi-channel home theatres with surround sound, delivering the ultimate experience in film and music for audiophiles worldwide.
McIntosh Valve Preamplifiers