McIntosh MC255 Home Theater Amplifier (In-Store Purchases Only)

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McIntosh MC255 Home Theater Amplifier

Give your home theater the power it deserves with the MC255 5-Channel Home Theater Power Amplifier. The MC255 features our striking new TripleView™ Power Output Meter that independently indicates the real time power reading of the amplifier’s three front channels. Instead of three separate meter windows each housing a single meter as found on our previous 5-channel home theater amplifier, the easy-to-read, 15” (38 cm) wide TripleView features three of our traditional mechanical meters in a single meter enclosure.

While a totally new design, each of the three peak responding pointers in the TripleView meter have the same enticing motion that McIntosh meters are known for and function at the same high level as any of our meters. The enchanting look and welcoming glow of the TripleView meter is sure to draw interest from friends and family, but its trademarked blue lighting can be turned off so as not to compete with your TV or movie screen.

Traditional McIntosh knobs now adorn the front panel to control the meter lights and power function. Direct LED backlighting has been added to the front panel for improved color accuracy and durability. Our eco-friendly power management system that will turn the amplifier off after a set amount of time when no input signal has been detected is also now included.

While the MC255 has received many upgrades, it also comes with hallmark McIntosh technologies such as Power Guard® that prevents potential speaker damage caused by clipping and over-driving of the amplifier, and Sentry Monitor™ that protects against short-circuits by disengaging the output stage should the current ever exceed safe operating levels (it then resets automatically when operating conditions return to normal). Both balanced and unbalanced inputs are included to connect your home theater processor to the MC255 home theater amplifier.

The MC255 can be used to power a conventional 5-channel home theater; it can be paired with either our MI128 or MI254 digital amplifiers in home theaters that have additional surround sound speakers for use with object-based 3D audio formats such as Dolby® Atmos, DTS:X™ and Auro-3D®; or it can be used in a two zone configuration with the three front channels used at 250 WPC in one zone and the two surround sound channels used at 200 WPC in a second audio zone in your home.

The MC255 bears the classic McIntosh design of a black glass front panel with the TripleView meter, illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminum end caps.

5-Channel Solid State Amplifier
- 250 Watts x 3 Channels; 200 Watts x 5 Channels
- TripleView™ Power Output Meter
- More than 100% increase in Dynamic Headroom
- Dynamic Power Manager®; Power - Guard®
- Designed for home theaters

  • - Power Output per Channel: 3 Front Channels only: 250W @ 4 or 8 Ohms All 5 Channels: 200W @ 4 or 8 Ohms
  • - Number of Channels: 5 (can also be used as a 2-zone amplifier with 3 channels in zone A and 2 channels in zone B)
  • - Dynamic Headroom: 3.6dB
  • - Damping Factor: >70 @ 4 Ohms >140 @ 8 Ohms
  • - Rated Power Band: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • - Frequency Response: +0, -0.25dB from 20Hz to 20,000Hz +0, -3dB from 10Hz to 100,000Hz
  • - Circuit Configuration: Push-Pull Complementary
  • - Output Type: Direct Coupled with Dynamic Power Manager®
  • - Meters: TripleView™ Power Output Meter
  • - Balanced Input: 5
  • - Front Panel: Glass
  • - Illumination: Direct LED
  • - Chassis Style: Inverted
Weight & Dimensions

- Unit Dimensions (W x H x D):
17-1/2" (44.5cm) x 9-7/16" (23.9cm) (including feet) x 21" (53.3cm) (including front panel and cables)
- Unit Weight: 89.5 lbs (40.6 kg)
- Shipping Weight: 122.5 lbs (55.6 kg)


- Speaker Binding Post Type: Standard