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    Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    The autoformer giveth and the autoformer taketh away. The autoformer has a unique sound. I really like the previous generation Mc sound (2301, 452, 601). I havenít spent enough time with the current generation. Joe (joeinid) has though.


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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    I think the newer McIntosh gear like the 1.25kw, 462, 611 etc are a newer house sound, in my opinion. It’s not my cup of tea.
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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    The short answer is you bet there is!................this is no different than any other brand.
    I agree, and good for a short answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The autoformer giveth and the autoformer taketh away. The autoformer has a unique sound.............
    And the above is Part II of the short answer.

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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by puroagave View Post
    Characteristic sound? maybe, but characteristic owner? fo' sure..........The one dealer in my area that carried it also had Klipsch and B&W (what does that say?).
    This sounds very much like Almas Hi-Fi in metro Detroit.

    I think there is an old school Vs new school generational comparison of equipment because at one time McIntosh was the sole survivor of American tube amp manufacturers and carried the torch while others like HH Scott, Marantz and The Fisher fell to the way side during the Japanese invasion of solid state equipment.

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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by kzhtoo View Post
    Maybe I’m not understanding this correctly, but why would one want studio-recorded music to sound like “live music”? And how is it possible? Unless you’re listening to a live-recorded music, I don’t know why anyone would want that.
    I don't think many people want that, but maybe some do.

    And maybe some want live performances in opera houses to sound like recording studios.

    To each their own.

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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    I believe that some of the new McIntosh amplifiers are closer to the traditional McIntosh sound than many of the newer amps. For example, the new Hybrid Integrated amps very much have the traditional McIntosh smoothness. Only speculating here, but I believe it is because they are not using autoformers, but instead high grade transistors similar to what is used by T+A. I mention these two brands only because they are the ones I am most intimately familiar with at this time.
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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    Yes, I see your point and agree for the most part. Manufactures should pursue the APS (Absolute Perfect System).
    Let me put it in another way to make myself better understood. It is not so much about pursuing perfection but about avoiding gross flaws like distortion and coloration.
    When the music comes out free of coloration, we can enjoy a good sound whether it is reproduced by a Sonus Faber or by an Monitor Audio speaker (to name two brands with very different sounds).

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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    My 50+ year old McIntosh MC60s do have some mid range warmth, and great low end extension. I’m undecided whether my system, or my ears that are rolled off a bit in the highs.
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 mono amps
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, DIY K&K Audio Maxxed Phono Amp
    Speakers : Zu Audio Druid V
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bones13 View Post
    My 50+ year old McIntosh MC60s do have some mid range warmth, and great low end extension. Iím undecided whether my system, or my ears that are rolled off a bit in the highs.
    I have an idea that your amp would capture that older Mc sound that I loved in my dad's system so much. It's may even be the same model since my dad bought his in 1959-1960. Nice to see an older one still in use on the forum.
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    Re: Is there a characteristic McIntosh sound?

    Dad made DIY K-Horn speakers, those, and some yellow foam headphones, are what I listened to in my youth. There was more hum with those ultra-sensitive speakers.

    His MC60s actually have 2 different terminal strip types. One of them is the frequently seen barrier strips, the other does not have raised plastic barriers between the studs.

    Love the sound, really had fun this afternoon listening.
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 mono amps
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, DIY K&K Audio Maxxed Phono Amp
    Speakers : Zu Audio Druid V
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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