Stereo Technology Division
A History

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by Roger Russell All rights reserved

About 1975 management decided to come out with a separate line of lower cost components that did not have the McIntosh name. The first unit was the Stereotech 1200 AM/FM stereo receiver (shown in front). It could deliver 50 watts/channel into 8 ohms and 30 watts/channel into 16 ohms. The receiver was designed by McIntosh and built by Foster Electric Company in Japan. It came with a 3-year warranty.

Two other receivers were also in the works but were never produced; the Stereotech 1230 and the Stereotech 1270. They were also AM/FM stereo receivers, but had higher power amplifiers. The Stereotech 120 enclosure (shown) was a three-piece walnut veneered housing that was available for the receivers. The top piece was held in place by the two side pieces that were attached to the receiver with screws.

To complement the first Stereotech receivers, we designed four speaker systems, Stereotech 1, 2, 3, and 4. CTS, Rola-Jensen and Peerless supplied drivers. McIntosh assembled the crossovers and the systems. The cabinets were to be lower cost and were made with a walnut vinyl laminate. Stereotech 2, 3 and 4 had three position switches to adjust the mid-range and tweeter level. These were located at the back of the system. Stereotech 3 and 4 were to have sculpted urethane foam grilles (shown), but were changed to cloth on a frame like the ST 1 and 2. Mr. Gow was concerned about the deadly cyanide fumes that could be emitted by the burning urethane if there was a fire in a customer home.

Unfortunately the increase in material costs forced the Stereotech program to end in 1976.

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