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 Post subject: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:01 pm 
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I was curious to know how people felt about McIntosh amplifiers. I see used ones for sale all the time and they are almost always up there in price. I know they are supposed to be extremely well built and I am wondering if the quality of their sound matches the price tag. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:09 pm 
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Incoming can of worms LOL


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:28 pm 
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well,.......


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:56 pm 
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That’s a tiny percentage of McIntosh for sale ,compared to people that own them. I’ve only recently purchased my first McIntosh amp and have no regrets.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:12 pm 
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Depth, dynamics, life like! But, that’s all in speakers, preamp, sources. I hopped of the train when I acquired mine, added the c2200, done. That does not infer that others haven’t found bliss elsewhere. But, it has the potential if you invest wisely, no regrets. T


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And he ducks.........

I bought and tried out a MC7300 a couple years ago. I was trying to find 'the right' amp for my setup. I borrowed or bought a variety (about 6?) amps over a year. The Mac was resold as it didn't keep up. BUT - it could have been tops in another setup. But, not mine, for probably a dozen reasons.


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I went from a pair of MC1000 ss amps to my current MC2301 (tube) pair when the opportunity allowed,love these things.
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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Ok, I hope you don't think I am hijacking this thread but I have always wanted to own a McIntosh amp
and I really love their reputation of build quality etc....and here is the but...there seems to be a belief that it
muddy's the sound and isn't of the extremes but more like a nice gentle sounding less fatiguing sound.
I want to call Bull S hite on this but I read it from reputable reviewers and it makes me think twice.
I will still try to buy one though to find out for myself.
And here is the hijack component...apologies. If you had $5000 to spend on an amp and you had to choose between McIntosh and Bryston, what would you choose.


Anyways, Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:49 pm 
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When i had my McIntosh gear I though it was pretty...

I also thought it made nice background music; however, elevator music (too me) is not very engaging.
Kinda boring.

I understand it may have been the Vintage of the gear, 60's., not being newer stuff. Before you ask, yes - it was recently serviced (at the time) by Bay Bloor Radio - who was a dealer.


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
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I have never personally owned a Bryston anything and never would based on looks alone. To me they have an industrial look about them,big blocks of boring aluminum. I want my components to look as good a they sound and I’m sure Bryston sounds amazing but just not for me. McIntosh may be my new addiction for a while. We’ll see. Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:53 am 
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I have owned 4's, 3b's, b60's...all of them sounded good.
Virtually indestructible, undeniabiliy reliable, and - yes, they do look like bricks.

I dont think any will steer you wrong, McIntosh (used) hold value well; however - initial purchase price is (IMO) unjustified when compared to other well designed products. Very similar, in branding, to a Merc or BMW. Some just have to have them and nothing else will do.


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:16 am 
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Do their SS amps still have output transformers?


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:22 am 
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JGP wrote:
I have owned 4's, 3b's, b60's...all of them sounded good.
Virtually indestructible, undeniabiliy reliable, and - yes, they do look like bricks.

I dont think any will steer you wrong, McIntosh (used) hold value well; however - initial purchase price is (IMO) unjustified when compared to other well designed products. Very similar, in branding, to a Merc or BMW. Some just have to have them and nothing else will do.


Ford made the final Mercury branded car on Jan 4th 2011.

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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:31 am 
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Tom_r wrote:
JGP wrote:
I have owned 4's, 3b's, b60's...all of them sounded good.
Virtually indestructible, undeniabiliy reliable, and - yes, they do look like bricks.

I dont think any will steer you wrong, McIntosh (used) hold value well; however - initial purchase price is (IMO) unjustified when compared to other well designed products. Very similar, in branding, to a Merc or BMW. Some just have to have them and nothing else will do.


Ford made the final Mercury branded car on Jan 4th 2011.


Yea, I think he meant MERCEDES... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: McIntosh amplifiers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:38 am 
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so does their performance justify their price when compared to other amplifiers?


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