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    Re: 803D and MC452

    So I was listening to some tunes last night on my fancy dandy HiFi system, Lo and behold Scorpions "still loving you" came on. And half way through the song my daughter who was sitting next to me said: sounds like they are here singing daddy.

    I've always wanted to feel presence from my audio system and although I did not feel it myself, my kid did. Maybe my hearing is shot!! But wait till I get the MC452. She might think there's a ghost singing in our living room....


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    Re: 803D and MC452

    When will you get the 452 ?
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    Re: 803D and MC452

    I'm still wheeling for the best deal...hopefully in the next 30 days or so


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    Re: 803D and MC452

    Guys

    Here's a technical question that I can't seem to get a definite answer to......if I have 2 amps (1 for HT 1 for stereo) and only use them one at a time (not simultaneously), can I wire the amps separately to the same main speaker? Meaning each amp has it own speaker wire cable connected to the same main speaker, one amp hooked up via bananas and the other via spades.

    I'm willing to unplug one amp completely from power while using the other.

    Thanks in advance




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    Re: 803D and MC452

    I don't think that is a good idea. I would totally unplug the other amp from the speakers so you don't introduce the amp and its internal wiring to the other amps load. I am sure it will affect the sound but I don't know the technical answer for that.
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    Re: 803D and MC452

    Sounds like one of those 'asking for trouble' solutions of which I have a long history.

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    Re: 803D and MC452

    I can tell you from experience that this is not a good combination. The thing with B&W and Mac is there are tons of dealers that sell both, therefore it's assumed they are a good combination. And in the dealer rooms, they usually do sound quite special with a specially curated CD the dealer has on hand. The problem is when you get it home and put on real music with verve and drive you find out that the mac amps are a bit slow, not truly dynamic, and lack transparency of the top tier guys (at least when paired with B&W). Soundstage will also be below average.

    The 803 diamonds need a very neutral, transparent, analog sounding amp with with loads of speed, power, grip, and extension. I had an MC205 bi-amped to them. I was speaking with a guy at audio classics at the time who said he went through the same thing, and eventually tried to put over 1000 watts of mac power in them and couldn't get what he wanted, and settled on the MC275 as the best mac choice with B&W.

    I like mac amps, but they're lush so probably need to pair with some very open speakers...maybe monitor audio platinum or something.

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    Re: 803D and MC452

    Give Chuck Hinton at McIntosh a call: +1 (800) 538-6576

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    Re: 803D and MC452

    Quote Originally Posted by audiolove View Post
    I can tell you from experience that this is not a good combination. The thing with B&W and Mac is there are tons of dealers that sell both, therefore it's assumed they are a good combination. And in the dealer rooms, they usually do sound quite special with a specially curated CD the dealer has on hand. The problem is when you get it home and put on real music with verve and drive you find out that the mac amps are a bit slow, not truly dynamic, and lack transparency of the top tier guys (at least when paired with B&W). Soundstage will also be below average.

    The 803 diamonds need a very neutral, transparent, analog sounding amp with with loads of speed, power, grip, and extension. I had an MC205 bi-amped to them. I was speaking with a guy at audio classics at the time who said he went through the same thing, and eventually tried to put over 1000 watts of mac power in them and couldn't get what he wanted, and settled on the MC275 as the best mac choice with B&W.

    I like mac amps, but they're lush so probably need to pair with some very open speakers...maybe monitor audio platinum or something.
    What amp would you suggest for the 803D's?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smile View Post
    Sounds like one of those 'asking for trouble' solutions of which I have a long history.
    What did you do?


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