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C32 , a little curious .....

Discussion in 'McIntosh Audio' started by 1ontop=, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. 1ontop=

    1ontop= Active Member

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    Why the McIntosh insignia and model description on the glass face plate of the C32 do not light up?
     

     

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  2. stereocuuple

    stereocuuple Two Channel Only Subscriber

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    never noticed that before now. Good question.
     
  3. lordgarth

    lordgarth AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Sadly, that's the way it was designed. This is what happens when I'm not consulted.:dunno:
     
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  4. kevzep

    kevzep Its all about the Music Subscriber

    Deal breaker!! Nah, I had a C32 and used to look at it in the dark and wonder why the McIntosh logo was never lit.....
     
  5. clinic-audio

    clinic-audio all on YAMAHA untill 1990

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    Hello

    1) because the front glass is not designed for that
    2) because there is no circuit inside the unit and no lamp behind the front glass !
     
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  6. MACKIE1975

    MACKIE1975 Well-Known Member

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    You may want to consider the C48. Every button is lit up likes a Christmas tree:D
     

     

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  7. 62caddy

    62caddy Trust but verify Subscriber

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    Actually I prefer the non-illuminated "McIntosh C32 Stereo Preamplifier" logo. A McIntosh doesn't need to draw attention to itself. :)
     
  8. onemug

    onemug AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Back in the day when these were new...

    I bought a 2105/28 combo and loved looking at it in the dark. Several yrs later I bought a 2205/32 combo and noticed this on the 32. When I asked about it, the dealer said, "Mr. McIntosh was not happy finding this out and told the designers that he wants the 'name' lit up from now on".

    So the reason? = designer error.

    My next combo was the 2255/33. The 33 was 'all' lit up and peace was restored to the Universe.
     
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  9. captouch

    captouch AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ah, that explains the big blue meters then. ;)
     
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  10. 62caddy

    62caddy Trust but verify Subscriber

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    Well, meter illumination is a functional necessity so that's a bit different. :)

    There's also a specific reason McIntosh chose blue which has to do with the wavelength/speed(?) of the color making small imperfections in the glass less perceptible which is also less fatiguing on the eyes. I think they also mentioned blue being used in the aircraft industry for similar reasons.
     
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  11. E-Stat

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    Of course not. ;)

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  12. c_dk

    c_dk Addicted Member

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    Do not confuse Mr. McIntosh with the current management......
     
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  13. Searing75

    Searing75 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    It’s the one thing I hate about my wonderful C32!
     
  14. AlTinkster92

    AlTinkster92 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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  15. E-Stat

    E-Stat AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Belongs to another AKer - with mine the laser show is decidedly lacking. ;)
     
  16. seacliffe301

    seacliffe301 Well-Known Member

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    Silly me. When I started electronics school in the late 70’s and saw those teal green Tektronix oscilloscopes, the first thing I thought of was McIntosh. I just figured they developed their look based on that motif.
     
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