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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    I think so, too, Joe. Mac, after all, was what got me into Audio in the first place.

    Now, which cables (SC and IC) will pair well with the MA-252? Joe - Are you still enjoying Kimber Kables?

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    Chris, I am in agreement. Mac's first hybrid integrated hasn't gotten a lot of review ink (at least that I can find) but I imagine it will fall right in line with what we've come to expect from McIntosh, albeit in a watered-down fashion.

    I love how the package looks on paper - smaller footprint, headphone output, tube pre, ample solid-state power, and the storied Mac brand. What's not to like?

    I won't be purchasing for a bit (after our move), so I will have time to research cables (and speakers for down the road) that mate well with the little amp. Color me excited.

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Interesting : A hybrid design, the MA252 uses four tubes in the input/driver segments and a solid state output stage, delivering 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 160 per channel into 4 ohms,
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    Good to hear. Joe. I know we've seen lots of forum members extremely happy with WW but I'll be open-minded and will start another thread as I continue to research synergistic cables. I want to check out the value-based offerings from the likes of Acoustic Zen, Kimber, AudioQuest, WW, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Yes, still have my Kimber all copper cables in RCA and XLR. They are a great match with McIntosh.
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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

    I also love Belden 8402 and Duelund cables. Both not expensive and sound great to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Good to hear. Joe. I know we've seen lots of forum members extremely happy with WW but I'll be open-minded and will start another thread as I continue to research synergistic cables. I want to check out the value-based offerings from the likes of Acoustic Zen, Kimber, WW, etc.
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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

    I will certainly add these to my list; thanks, Joe.

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I also love Belden 8402 and Duelund cables. Both not expensive and sound great to me.
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    Sean

    I have never heard the Belden's but I have the Dueland IC's and SC and they are a steal.
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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

    Thanks for chiming in, Jack. I will seriously look into these.

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    I have never heard the Belden's but I have the Dueland IC's and SC and they are a steal.
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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think Iíll just kill my budget and do a McIntosh MA-252.
    MA-252... nice choice sean! i will be very interested to follow your experience w/ this hybrid amp.

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I also love Belden 8402 and Duelund cables. Both not expensive and sound great to me.
    i can also highly recommend cables made from Duelund wire... very economical, even for professionally manufactured cables using this wire. imo, a classic 90/25 situation: 90% of the performance at 25% of the cost. i use both SC and IC employing this wire. for the IC, i am running unshielded as my system and environment are not noticeably impacted by RFI/EMI -- this is less expensive and has better SQ.

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    I will be sure to share the experience as I bring in the 252; bear with me, though, please. Iíll be looking to acquire after a move in the next couple of months.

    More support for Duelund! Must be something to that - thanks for chiming in.

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    MA-252... nice choice sean! i will be very interested to follow your experience w/ this hybrid amp.



    i can also highly recommend cables made from Duelund wire... very economical, even for professionally manufactured cables using this wire. imo, a classic 90/25 situation: 90% of the performance at 25% of the cost. i use both SC and IC employing this wire. for the IC, i am running unshielded as my system and environment are not noticeably impacted by RFI/EMI -- this is less expensive and has better SQ.



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    Re: Tube Integrated Help

    Since used was mentioned, for under $1000 you can get a rebuilt HH Scott 299 series which is kind of magical to me. Or you can get a non rebuilt which is what I've done and send it to NOS Valves (Craig is the owner) and have him redo it and should run just under $1k if your a little lucky. Unless you have very inefficient (power hungry) speakers this could work out.

 

 
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