Welcome to the AudioShark Forums.
Results 1 to 36 of 36

Thread: McIntosh 901

  1. #1
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    26,036

    McIntosh 901

    Mcintosh MC901 Dual Mono Amp.

    The MC901 is a monoblock amplifier that drives a single speaker. But it is unlike any other monoblock amplifier. What makes the MC901 so unique is that it's two amplifiers combined into one. Adding to the uniqueness is that each amplifier is of differing design philosophies: the MC901 consists of a 300 Watt vacuum tube amplifier attached to a 600 Watt solid state amplifier on one unified chassis.

    Unit Dimensions (W x H x D):
    17-1/2" (44.5cm) x 13-1/4" (33.7cm) x 29-1/2" (74.9cm)

    Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D):
    24-13/16" (63cm) x 18-3/8" (46.7cm) x 36-1/4" (92.1cm)

    Unit Weight:
    170 lbs (77.1 kg)

    Shipping Weight:
    190 lbs (86.2 kg)

    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, EMM Labs, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stenheim Loudspeakers, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, TechDAS/AirForce Turntables, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  2. #2

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Very interesting.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Sean

    Lumin T2
    Pass Labs XP 22 & X260.8
    Magico A3
    Shunyata Research PS8/Defender; Alpha/Delta/Venom NR PC; Alpha Ethernet/Venom IC/SC
    HRS E1

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Interesting, Mike. Are you taking on Mac components or is this just FYI?

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Bucks County PA
    Posts
    2,748

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Interesting, Mike. Are you taking on Mac components or is this just FYI?
    He wanted to give you another chance to change your mind in the next 2 weeks
    -----------------
    Brian

    Main System -
    Rotel 1072 CDP / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > JM Labs Tantal 509s > Tara Labs Cables


  5. #5
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    26,036

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Interesting, Mike. Are you taking on Mac components or is this just FYI?
    Nope. Just an FYI.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, EMM Labs, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stenheim Loudspeakers, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, TechDAS/AirForce Turntables, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  6. #6
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    26,036

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    He wanted to give you another chance to change your mind in the next 2 weeks
    Noooooo! He’s all set with Pass!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, EMM Labs, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stenheim Loudspeakers, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, TechDAS/AirForce Turntables, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  7. #7
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    At least we know they aren’t sitting still.

    I just realized that they are two separate amps in one box, holy cr@p!
    Last edited by joeinid; December 10, 2019 at 11:48 AM.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowfax View Post
    He wanted to give you another chance to change your mind in the next 2 weeks

    Now cut that out!! LOL!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    North Central Florida
    Posts
    3,484

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    At least we know they aren’t sitting still.

    I just realized that they are two separate amps in one box, holy cr@p!
    Joe.......That is correct, two separate amplifiers, two separate power supplies, and an electronic crossover all on one chassis. 170 lbs. of serious McIntosh amplification.
    Dan

    STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital coax,
    Sonos Connect, Stillpoints Ultra SS & Ultra Mini, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario

    LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205 Signal Sleuth, Sonos Connect, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable,
    Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40 w/m505A tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Stillpoints Ultra Mini, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

    VINTAGE - McIntosh 4300V, McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, JBL 4312A

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Is the 901 a monblock or stereo amp? It certainly looks interesting, I wonder what tubes are used, if the signal is kept low until the solid state or a more high level tube.

    Woe, I missed something, I thought Bluegrass was lined up with Gryphon?
    Aurender ACS10 w/AQ Diamond,
    Mark Levinson #526 & 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Milford, MI
    Posts
    3,369

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Is the 901 a monblock or stereo amp? It certainly looks interesting, I wonder what tubes are used, if the signal is kept low until the solid state or a more high level tube.

    Woe, I missed something, I thought Bluegrass was lined up with Gryphon?
    It is a mono block in function. You will require two to handle a pair of speakers. Unfortunately there are several brands of speakers that cannot be bi-amped (or bi-wired).

    I look forwarding to hearing this one.
    Jim

    D'Agostino Momentum M-400's & HD Pre-amp
    Wilson Alexandria X2 Series 2 speakers
    Digital: dCS Vivaldi DAC, Clock & Upsampler
    Analog: SME 20/3 with Esoteric E-03 Phono
    Transparent Opus Speaker Cable & Interconnects & Opus Power Cords
    Power Cords on Digital: Shunyata
    Power Conditioner - Shunyata Everest

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Valrico, FL
    Posts
    386

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Shouldn't it have two AC cords?
    Howard

    Pass Labs XS 300's, XS Pre | Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 3, Alpha USB | Aurender N10, ACS10 | Magico S7's with MPOD's, QSub 15 x 2 | Shunyata Denali 2000T x 2 with Sigma HC | Audience aR6-TS | MIT Heritage and Oracle Interconnects and speaker cables | Critical Mass Maxxum rack | Resolution Acoustics custom room treatments

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    1,705

    Re: McIntosh 901

    A light bulb comes on, I thought it was tubes feeding SS like a hybrid but it's actually two amps with tubes for mid/high and SS for bass and Dan mentioned the crossover. Now, this is even more interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    It is a mono block in function. You will require two to handle a pair of speakers. Unfortunately there are several brands of speakers that cannot be bi-amped (or bi-wired).

    I look forwarding to hearing this one.
    Aurender ACS10 w/AQ Diamond,
    Mark Levinson #526 & 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    west Michigan
    Posts
    518

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sandman View Post
    Shouldn't it have two AC cords?
    Or at least a 20 Amp IEC
    My System:
    Lumin A-1
    Joule Electra LA150 Signature Plus
    Pass XA30.5
    Vapor Audio Cirrus Monitors
    18" Open Baffle Subs
    Cables: Teo Splash, Kubala Sosna, Cerious Tech, Fusion Audio.
    Two dedicated 20 Amp circuits. Shunyata Hydra. EP2050
    DIY bass traps and custom curved diffusors.

  15. #15
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    Joe.......That is correct, two separate amplifiers, two separate power supplies, and an electronic crossover all on one chassis. 170 lbs. of serious McIntosh amplification.
    Thank you Dan. Certainly an impressive feature set. I bet these are wonderful amps. SS for the bass and tubes for the treble, wow!
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Is the 901 a monblock or stereo amp? It certainly looks interesting, I wonder what tubes are used, if the signal is kept low until the solid state or a more high level tube.

    Woe, I missed something, I thought Bluegrass was lined up with Gryphon?

    It's a long/short story. The short version is...I changed my mind. The long version is too long to discuss here. Could also run afoul of forum rules. Let's just say I really like the Pass sonic personality. It was all my decision. I auditioned the Pass int 60 and really liked it, especially with the MSB Discrete with optional second power supply. But I thought I might want just a little more headroom so I went with the int 250. Can't wait to hear it in my home listening room.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,555

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    It is a mono block in function. You will require two to handle a pair of speakers. Unfortunately there are several brands of speakers that cannot be bi-amped (or bi-wired).

    I look forwarding to hearing this one.
    Like Wilson and Magico
    Source: Technics SP10mk3 - Thales Simplicity II, TW Raven AC-3 - Graham Phantom, SME 3012-R, Exclusive P3,,Linn LP12 - Naim ARO
    Cartridges: Lyra Atlas Lambda SL, Lyra Etna SL, Lyra Delos, Dynavector XV-1s,Technics EPC100mk4, Ortofon A90, GM Royal, GM Classic, Denon ESC'd 103R, DL-S1, Audio Technica AT25, OC9II, Linn ESC'd Troika
    Phono Stage: Accuphase C-37,TW Acustik phono
    EQ: ​DEQX HDP-4
    Preamp: conrad johnson GAT,
    Amps: conrad johnson teflon premier 8a's, D'Agostino Momentum S250
    Speakers: Wilson Maxx3

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Poland
    Posts
    1,531

    Re: McIntosh 901

    This amp looks like a steam train ... kind of weird. I bet many will miss the gigantic meter present on the 611 / 1.25kW.
    Adam

    Speakers: Magico M3
    Amp: Vitus SM-103 / MSB M202
    Digital: Lampi Pacific + Lampi DSD Komputer
    Cables: AQ WEL Signature IC / Shunyata Anaconda Z-Tron SC / AQ Hurricane PCs

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Is this a one off prototype, something old or something brand new? And, no, I don't want to buy one...too big and heavy for my application. Plus, I've become a Pass fanboy.

  20. #20
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Brand new, regular production amp. Think of it as a MC601 (for bass) and MC2301 (mids/tweeter) in one chassis with crossover or direct inputs and adjustable gain levels.

    Home run I’d say!
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    saṃsāra
    Posts
    642

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    ...Home run I’d say!
    +1 ...another win for the mcIntosh folks up in the post-industrial river town of binghamton! ...with creativity and engineering prowess like this, binghamton is the new pittsburgh, right!?

    when i took the tour of the factory last year, they took us pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the separate building housing all their R&D.
    kanjiroba yak + roon rock > t+a dac8 dsd > almarro a318b > viking acoustics berlin r mk2 | alp-tone audio analog cables

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Sounds pricey. Twenty thousand+ maybe?? You need two for stereo? At 170 lbs a piece? And I thought the Pass int 250 was big.

    I like the old school influenced looks. It'll be interesting to see what audiophiles think of the SQ. Is this the new flagship of the McIntosh line?

  23. #23
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    Sounds pricey. $20,000+ maybe?? And you need two for stereo?
    $17,500 each or $35K per pair. A mere pittance
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Southeast Iowa
    Posts
    711

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Thirty five thousand a pair is less than I thought it would be. Still out of my budget range. But a very interesting concept. Plus, I prefer to make my purchases from Mike. I'll stick with the int 250.

  25. #25
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    I don't think any other company is doing anything close to this. Outstanding for McIntosh! If I needed the extra 899wpc, I'd love to get these babies.

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    +1 ...another win for the mcIntosh folks up in the post-industrial river town of binghamton! ...with creativity and engineering prowess like this, binghamton is the new pittsburgh, right!?

    when i took the tour of the factory last year, they took us pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the separate building housing all their R&D.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  26. #26
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    saṃsāra
    Posts
    642

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I don't think any other company is doing anything close to this. Outstanding for McIntosh! If I needed the extra 899wpc, I'd love to get these babies.
    i am holding off until the stereo amp version is released!!
    kanjiroba yak + roon rock > t+a dac8 dsd > almarro a318b > viking acoustics berlin r mk2 | alp-tone audio analog cables

  27. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    1,857

    Re: McIntosh 901

    I like everything about it, pictures, concept and specs.

    Without hearing it, I bet this will be a great addition to their line.



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    Source Analog: Kuzma Stabi R with 4point 9 arm & Kuzma 40 Cartridge
    Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
    Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
    Speakers: Wilson Alexias
    Cabling: Nordost Valhalla 2/Odin: power, interconnects & speaker | Ansuz: C2 power & interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ45’s
    Power: Nordost QRT series | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 amp breakers to Furutech GTX D NSF packages | Keces P3 & P8 | ADD POWR series | Environmental Potential EP2050
    Other: HRS M3X | Stillpoints Ultra 6, SS & Mini | Nordost Sort Cones TC & BC | AQ Vox SE switch | etherREGEN | Gigafoil v4 | Vicoustics | Audio Desk Systeme - Gläss








  28. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    North Central Florida
    Posts
    3,484

    Re: McIntosh 901

    I think the new McIntosh MC901 dual mono amp is an absolute home run. It is a bold and unique departure from what is available from other manufacturers while still paying homage to some of the design cues that keep McIntosh aficionados happy and drawn to the products. It is good to see McIntosh bring forth another true statement audio component that is destined to be a genuine classic.
    Dan

    STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital coax,
    Sonos Connect, Stillpoints Ultra SS & Ultra Mini, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario

    LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205 Signal Sleuth, Sonos Connect, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable,
    Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40 w/m505A tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Stillpoints Ultra Mini, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

    VINTAGE - McIntosh 4300V, McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, JBL 4312A

  29. #29
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Nipomo, CA
    Posts
    4,182

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    +1 ...another win for the mcIntosh folks up in the post-industrial river town of binghamton! ...with creativity and engineering prowess like this, binghamton is the new pittsburgh, right!?

    when i took the tour of the factory last year, they took us pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the separate building housing all their R&D.
    Binghamton area was always both backwards and cutting edge at the same time. When I grew up it was the home for McIntosh, Singer Link, IBM (sister city Endicott), GE was huge, many others.... but it was in many ways very backwards...
    Hattor The BIG - AMRG Trans | T+A DAC 8 DSD & AMP 8 | AudioQuest Niagara 1000 | Rega RP8 w/Neo PSU & Ania Pro | MOON (by SimAudio) Neo 310LP | Record Doctor V & VI | Falcon NW PC (music server) | Roon & HQPlayer | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery | Magnepan MG .7 w/Slimline Risers | KEF R700 | Elac Debut Sub 3010 | Abyss Diana Phi | Bryston ​BHA-1 | Astell&Kern AK240 | McIntosh MR7083 | Oppo BDP105

    "A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know when when you are wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

  30. #30

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    I think the new McIntosh MC901 dual mono amp is an absolute home run. It is a bold and unique departure from what is available from other manufacturers while still paying homage to some of the design cues that keep McIntosh aficionados happy and drawn to the products. It is good to see McIntosh bring forth another true statement audio component that is destined to be a genuine classic.
    The true test will be if these amps sell well. If they do, other amp manufacturers will jump on the bandwagon.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

  31. #31
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    North Central Florida
    Posts
    3,484

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    The true test will be if these amps sell well. If they do, other amp manufacturers will jump on the bandwagon.
    Mark.......Yes, it will be interesting to see if another audio manufacturer follows with their version of a dual mono amplifier. McIntosh's concept of combining high power tube amplification along with solid state amplification on a single chassis that features fully independent power supplies for each amp, plus integrating an electronic crossover into the package, sets the MC901 apart from anything presently being offered. In my opinion, the total MC901 package in and of itself guarantees this amplifier will become a classic audio component despite sales volume. It represents a niche application for sure, so the actual sales numbers may not be that high. Time will tell.
    Dan

    STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital coax,
    Sonos Connect, Stillpoints Ultra SS & Ultra Mini, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario

    LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205 Signal Sleuth, Sonos Connect, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable,
    Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40 w/m505A tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Stillpoints Ultra Mini, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

    VINTAGE - McIntosh 4300V, McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, JBL 4312A

  32. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Nipomo, CA
    Posts
    4,182

    Re: McIntosh 901

    It does appear to be a great Amp. Unfortunately, at $35,000 it is something I would have a very hard time justifying. Simply another case of something that looks wonderful that a hard working person with a real good job will never be able to afford.
    Hattor The BIG - AMRG Trans | T+A DAC 8 DSD & AMP 8 | AudioQuest Niagara 1000 | Rega RP8 w/Neo PSU & Ania Pro | MOON (by SimAudio) Neo 310LP | Record Doctor V & VI | Falcon NW PC (music server) | Roon & HQPlayer | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery | Magnepan MG .7 w/Slimline Risers | KEF R700 | Elac Debut Sub 3010 | Abyss Diana Phi | Bryston ​BHA-1 | Astell&Kern AK240 | McIntosh MR7083 | Oppo BDP105

    "A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know when when you are wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

  33. #33

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    It does appear to be a great Amp. Unfortunately, at $35,000 it is something I would have a very hard time justifying. Simply another case of something that looks wonderful that a hard working person with a real good job will never be able to afford.
    I think it’s all relative with the perceived value to the customer.

    Many people that grovel about audio pricing are also driving luxury cars that cost as much or more than their audio gear.

    The opposite is also true ; I know many Audio people that aren’t car people etc..

    There is always the eventual stereo version; plus who pays MSRP?

  34. #34
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Nipomo, CA
    Posts
    4,182

    Re: McIntosh 901

    I guess I can see your point, although I am still shocked at how out of whack pricing has gotten since returning to this crazy hobby a few years ago. Yes good equipment was always expensive, but it was never close to as high as it has become even keeping inflation, etc. in mind. My perspective may very well be influenced some what by the cost of living here also. Exactly why my wife and I are seriously considering moving out of here when we retire in a few years.

    I guess another good perspective is visiting up in the bay area. Tesla's are insanely expensive in a comparison to other what I would consider similar cars, but in the bay area it seems like every other car is a Tesla. I know they are built there, but still... Then again what would be a great income in 90% of the country is poverty levels there.

    So I guess the amount of disposable income versus amount that you make has to figure into the equation. Having a great salary here is not the same as having the same amount in most of the country .

    By the way, the auto point is somewhat valid, but not entirely. I drive cars for luxury, true, but also safety. I was blind sided a couple years back by some guy who bought a big old heavy SUV the night before; he had never driven before and had no license. My car protected me. The first responder said they would have been scrapping me off the pavement if I was driving a typical Japanese car... just saying.... my poor BMW was destroyed, but I walked away from it.
    Hattor The BIG - AMRG Trans | T+A DAC 8 DSD & AMP 8 | AudioQuest Niagara 1000 | Rega RP8 w/Neo PSU & Ania Pro | MOON (by SimAudio) Neo 310LP | Record Doctor V & VI | Falcon NW PC (music server) | Roon & HQPlayer | Wyred 4 Sound Recovery | Magnepan MG .7 w/Slimline Risers | KEF R700 | Elac Debut Sub 3010 | Abyss Diana Phi | Bryston ​BHA-1 | Astell&Kern AK240 | McIntosh MR7083 | Oppo BDP105

    "A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know when when you are wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

  35. #35
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    17,476

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  36. #36
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2020
    Location
    Carlsbad
    Posts
    20

    Re: McIntosh 901

    Wow. $35,000..... I guess one can dream.
    hikerneil

    McIntosh C2600 Preamp
    McIntosh MC452 Amp
    Martin Logan Montis Speakers
    Sony HAZ Z1ES Music Server
    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon One Turntable
    Analysis Plus Oval 9 Cables
    Personally Made Room Treatments


AudioShark - The Best High End Audio Discussion forum.

AudioShark forum is a leading forum site for High End Audio Discussion, Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater System Discussion, Best Home Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater Installation Discussion etc.

The AudioShark forum was created for sharing the passion of high-end Audio. We have Audiophiles from all over the world participating and sharing their knowledge. From novice to experts, you will find a friendly environment for discussing about High End Audio, Stereo System, Home Theater System, Home Stereo System, Home Theater Installation, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Integrated System, Acoustic treatments & Digital Room Corrections and many more.

At AudioShark, we also have incorporated an exciting Marketplace where members can peruse terrific buys on used gear, as well as meet dealers and discuss the purchase of new gear.

We are as crazy about this hobby as you are! So come on in and join us! Audioshark.org the Friendliest Audio Forum!

Industry Participation Disclosure : The owner and administrator of Audioshark is the owner of Suncoast Audio LLC in Sarasota Florida. Suncoast Audio has a full brick and mortar presence in Sarasota with several great show rooms with many world class brands. More information can be found at http://www.suncoastaudio.com

Audioshark is a community of like minded individuals. Audioshark welcomes participation from all manufacturers and owners of all brands and products. It is our belief that online forums provide a community of like minded audiophiles and music lovers to encourage the growth of this wonderful hobby.

Sincerely,
The Audioshark.org Team

McIntosh 901

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •