Posted on 3rd April, 2019


McIntosh restores the balance of power with the multi-faceted MPC500 Power Controller.

The new McIntosh MPC500 Power Controller has been carefully designed to protect audio equipment. That protection comes by way of a host of technologies that will minimise the risk of electrical inconsistencies damaging high-value audio equipment. In addition to power sockets, the device offers protection for ethernet devices too.

McIntosh MPC500

Featuring cascaded surge protection, the MPC500 delivers full mode AC power line surge protection, as well as protecting low voltage devices against secondary surges and spikes.

Protecting the AC power line are three thermally protected metal-oxide varistors (TPMOVs), which are safer than traditional MOVs, providing Line to Neutral, Line to Ground and Neutral to Ground protection. For secondary surge events, the MPC500 provides protection for Ethernet, coaxial and other low voltage devices via Gas Discharge Tubes (GDT), Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors and Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) components.

Additionally, the MPC500 undertakes electromagnetic interference (EMI) filtering of the AC line as well as over/under voltage protection, which will switch off the rear receptacles to keep connected devices safe from trying to operate at undesired voltage levels.

McIntosh MPC500

The MPC500 includes Type B (NEMA 5-15R) or 4 Type F (CEE 7/3 or Schuko) plugs; there is no UK 3-pin plug option. Those receptacles can be independently configured via the rear panel Power Control ports or through the set-up menus on the front panel.

The front panel display can list input voltage, current drawn through the receptacles, or total (apparent) power.

The MPC500 certainly looks every bit a McIntosh component with its black glass front panel, illuminated logo, control knobs, and aluminium end caps.

Pricing and Availability

You can place your orders for the MPC500 right now with authorised McIntosh dealers. Shipping is expected to begin this month. We are awaiting a UK price, but we know that it's $2,500 US.


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