To the uninitiated, it may resemble a blinged example of ancient technology, but to the audiophile, it’s a thing of rare beauty. Meet the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition McIntosh MC275 tube power amplifier, a fetching piece of kit created for the most discerning of audio connoisseurs. For starters, you get vacuum tubes and gold-plated binding posts (naturally). Next up is dynamic headroom of 1,2 dB and a frequency response of +0, -0,5 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz and +0, -3,0 dB from 10 Hz to 70 kHz; stereo power output of 75 W x 2 at 4, 8 and 16 ohms; mono parallel of 150 W at 2, 4 and 8 ohms; rated power band of 20 Hz to 20 kHz; S/N below rated output – greater than 100 dB. If all of this makes sense to you, start saving right now: it will set you back over R50 000.