MC2 Audio has been manufacturing technologically innovative amplifiers of the highest quality for the pro-audio market since 1994 when original founders Terry Clark and Ian McCarthy first combined their extensive experience in the audio industry to found MC² Audio.
Terry originally gained a worldwide reputation for design as co-founder and Technical Director of Klark Teknik. Ian's early experience was in hi-fi before moving into the manufacture of public address equipment in 1979 and then into professional audio in the early 1990s.
The story began in 1994 with the launch of the MC series at AES in Amsterdam. These amplifiers were received enthusiastically, being among the first in the market to be digitally controlled. The very high standards of sonic quality and reliability were set which all products that followed would have to meet. From the first the MC Series enjoyed particular interest from the discotheque and night-club market, where it proved itself capable of maintaining its high performance levels in the most demanding conditions.
In response to high demand from system integrators, the T Series made its debut at PLASA in September 2000. Featuring the same excellent audio performance and reliability as the benchmark MC Series, the T Series offered the sound contractor a variety of very flexible power ratings from 250 watts a channel to 1750 watts a channel, 2 and 4 channel amplifiers, line voltage output transformers, all at excellent value for money. The T Series were soon being installed in stadia and theatres, as well as houses of worship and restaurants the world over.
The long awaited E Series, lightweight, switchmode amplifiers were first shown at ProLight & Sound in March 2003. Designed specifically for the touring market, the E Series had the sonic qualities and reliability of the MC and T Series amplifiers, without the physical weight, and brought the well renowned MC2 sound quality and reliability to an even wider range of users.
Until the introduction of the E90 in the autumn of 2008, the E Series comprised three stereo models: E45 (2250W/channel into 4 ohms), E25 (1250W/channel into 4 ohms) and E15 (750W/channel into 4 ohms) and new in 2007, a quad amplifier: E4-75 (4 x 750W/channel into 8 ohms). The E90 (4500W/channel into 4 ohms; 8000W/channel into 2 ohms) was the first MC2 amplifier to incorporate our proprietary Class-D technology. It was designed to meet the demands for higher power with increased efficiency, whilst still maintaining the renowned MC2 sonic qualities and unsurpassed reliability, running cool even in the most difficult conditions.
In March 2007 the merger of MC2 Audio and XTA Electronics was announced bringing together two of the most well respected English professional audio manufacturing companies. The new group is led by Ian McCarthy as Managing Director, with Terry Clarke, Technical Director MC2 Audio and John Austin, Technical Director XTA Electronics, each maintaining responsibility for their own field of expertise.
The merged group will open up possibilities for each of the individual companies to benefit from a larger pool of resources extending from research and development through to sales and marketing and clearly this new grouping opens the way for the development of a range of exciting new products by both companies.
The Ti Series from MC2 is the first addition to the range post-merger. Based on the highly successful T Series, the Ti Series allows for complete remote monitoring and control as well as the ability to participate in audio networks with the addition of network break out boxes, or BoBs. A Ti system can be simply monitored via a PC with our own iCore software or, in more complex systems, can be incorporated in a Cobranet or Dante Network by the use of our TiBOB.
Ti Series Screen Shot in iCORE
Ti1048 - MC² Audio Management System
Spring 2011 saw the arrival of the latest Class D amplifier from MC² Audio, the 4 channel E100 delivering over 2,500 watts a channel into 4 ohms. Spring also saw the departure of Ian and Carol McCarthy who left the company after guiding it for many years to pursue their ambitions to travel.