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    What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Hello folks
    It's a matter of taste of course , but I really fancy (physically) those Mc intosh amps
    However , I don't even know how to choose one
    My system is
    Source : Lumin U1 + Melco N1A
    DAC : Chord Dave
    Pre : Belles LA01
    Power : Icon audio MB 845 mono blocks (broken these days ) , Belles SA30 (Class A)
    Speakers : audiophysics virgo 25

    I am planning to either go for the Mc Intosh way (mono blocks) or GATO Audio mono amps (PWR)

    Any suggestions or help to choose the Mcintosh ?
    Which model ?

    Cheers

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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Hi,

    Hmmm, interesting question. I have to say I kind of started with McIntosh and veered away, now with my recent purchase of an MC303, I am back in a big way. I love this thing and want MORE

    Your virgo 25 look like very nice speakers. They are probably not too difficult to drive so anything from the MC152 on up will be great.

    Your Belles preamp should be an excellent pairing because it's a great preamp.

    Basically pick how much power you need and go from there.

    McIntosh is very musical, long term listening great and holds value as well or better than most gear out there. Plus, I just love the way it looks.


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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaheer View Post
    Hello folks
    It's a matter of taste of course , but I really fancy (physically) those Mc intosh amps
    However , I don't even know how to choose one
    My system is
    Source : Lumin U1 + Melco N1A
    DAC : Chord Dave
    Pre : Belles LA01
    Power : Icon audio MB 845 mono blocks (broken these days ) , Belles SA30 (Class A)
    Speakers : audiophysics virgo 25

    I am planning to either go for the Mc Intosh way (mono blocks) or GATO Audio mono amps (PWR)

    Any suggestions or help to choose the Mcintosh ?
    Which model ?

    Cheers
    Zaheer - I see that we both use the same source (the Lumin U1). I have had fantastic results pairing this with Mcintosh components for both my pre-amplification and amplification. When considering Mac gear, I would say the first question to ask yourself is: do you want a tube-based system or solid state? Mcintosh does both approaches, and does each extremely well...it is truly a matter of personal preference. From there, I would go with as much power as your given budget/room size constraints will allow. I am currently using the Mcintosh C1100/D1100 pre-amp/DAC, paired with the MC2301 tube monoblocks. To my ears, the sound and performance of this combination is truly awe-inspiring. The aesthetics and build quality of Mcintosh components - for me - is just as important as the way they sound. When you couple sonic performance with good looks, high build quality, and top that off with an extensive network of dealer options/warranty support, you really can't go wrong.

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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

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    Zaheer - I see that we both use the same source (the Lumin U1). I have had fantastic results pairing this with Mcintosh components for both my pre-amplification and amplification. When considering Mac gear, I would say the first question to ask yourself is: do you want a tube-based system or solid state? Mcintosh does both approaches, and does each extremely well...it is truly a matter of personal preference. From there, I would go with as much power as your given budget/room size constraints will allow. I am currently using the Mcintosh C1100/D1100 pre-amp/DAC, paired with the MC2301 tube monoblocks. To my ears, the sound and performance of this combination is truly awe-inspiring. The aesthetics and build quality of Mcintosh components - for me - is just as important as the way they sound. When you couple sonic performance with good looks, high build quality, and top that off with an extensive network of dealer options/warranty support, you really can't go wrong.
    Hello Guys
    Thanks for the answers
    As stated , the question is tube or not tube
    To be honest the Icon Audio MB845 , really sound fantastic
    The quest is for upgrade and visual aesthetic pleasure with the mcintosh
    I plan to keep the Belles LA 01
    Ideally monoblock would be fantastic , but they tend to be very expensive
    Futhermore , the choice is so vast
    So I'm lost

    Considering the tube ones , are they easily repaired ? Tube Rolling possible ?
    Considering the sstate : do they sound rather class A or tube like ?

    Cheers

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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    nearly bought a 2 box c500t but various people put me off , and it was so massive that i would have needed a bigger rack . take a lot to beat the belles .
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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    How big is your room? What kind(s) of music do you listen to? At what levels?

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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    How big is your room? What kind(s) of music do you listen to? At what levels?
    The AP Virgo is a (nominally) 4 ohm load with poor efficiency. Your 845 amp drove them?

    Which output tap worked best?

    Have you reached out to the speaker builder to ask this question? The designers often perform similar testing to find recommended amps.

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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Personally I like the way the Mac amps look. However the SS amps I've heard, the big 800 or something watt mono blocks sounded dull and lifeless to me. People tell me their tube amps like the 275? Is much better.
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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    My McIntosh amp is nothing like dull and lifeless. Yes, I believe the tube "can" be better under the right circumstances, but like everything else, careful system matching is important. I love tube preamps and solid state amps, mainly because my music is on 12-15 hours a day.

    I'm loving my MC303 and don't feel I'm giving anything up.
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    Re: What's the hype with Mcintosh amps : how to choose ? and which ones are well rated ?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    My McIntosh amp is nothing like dull and lifeless. Yes, I believe the tube "can" be better under the right circumstances, but like everything else, careful system matching is important. I love tube preamps and solid state amps, mainly because my music is on 12-15 hours a day.

    I'm loving my MC303 and don't feel I'm giving anything up.
    A few years back when I bought my 2nd hand speakers the owner had the big SS mono blocks and I believe a top of the line ML pre amp. I was disappointed by the speakers. Just dull sounding, a but like how Ayre amps can sound.

    Then I connected my 2x100W amp, (actually the manufacturer does not specify how much watts) and the speakers sounded much more alive. But it could have been the combination.
    Integrated amp: Symphonic Line La Music Turntable: SAC Girati Grande. Tonearm: Dynavector 507mkII Cartridge: Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua Streamer: Auralic Aries LE DAC: Schiit Gungnir Multibit Phono amp: RCM Sensor Prelude Power Distributor: Anzus Mains D8 Speakers: Master One by Dynamic Soulution Speaker Cables: AudioQuest Rocket 88 Interlinks Ansuz X Phono interlink: Cammino Serie 1.0 - PH 1.0s Power cables: Anzus Mains Ceramic, NBS dragon fly, NBS Monitor 3, Shunyata Taipan Helix alpha Audio Rack: Solid Steel H6

 

 
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