On August 12th a group of clients accompanied Joe on our most recent AVS Road Trip, this time to McIntosh Labs in Binghamton, NY. As anyone who is truly “into” audio knows, McIntosh has been on top of the food chain for many years. Their attention to detail, incredible power with nearly zero distortion, consistant reliability, and quality control is lengendary. What the tour solidifed was the talent of their people making the products, the attention to quality control, the testing and engineering, and the positive and proud culture.
The video highlights aspects of the factory (understandably, we were asked not to photograph the engineering department’s anachoic room, Faraday cage, and design areas) and shows the vertical nature of their manufacturing, including making their own circuit boards, shaping their own metal for chasis, powder coating and painting, the use of a Water Jet for cutting their glass panels, and much more.
Some aspects of production have a level of automation; some aspects require hand work. Many of the people we met have worked their for many years, a few are second generation employees.