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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    Quote Originally Posted by mdp632 View Post
    How would you describe the synergy with KEF?
    I truly don't know how to describe that. It seems like the MA252 controls the four bass drivers very well. McIntosh has always seemed to match very well with British speakers in my view! They almost seem like they are made for each other but so did the T+A. German manufactures and McIntosh seem to both work well with British and German speakers .

    I know, way too generalized .
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    Congratulations Randy and welcome home

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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    Congratulations Randy and welcome home
    Thank you sir. I am really enjoying this amplifier!

    I am still surprised how cool running this sucker is. I mean running all day and I can place my hands on the tube cages and feel almost no heat. The heat sinks are not even warm... None of the amplifiers I have had run so cool as this McIntosh!
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    ...I am still surprised how cool running this sucker is. I mean running all day and I can place my hands on the tube cages and feel almost no heat. The heat sinks are not even warm... None of the amplifiers I have had run so cool as this McIntosh!
    And that's why they last forever!
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    And that's why they last forever!
    Nice...
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    I like the look without the little tube cages... the cages serve no purpose other than looks. It is not like you can get burned from these. I have never seen cooler running tubes. Literally barely warm!

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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    I have been playing around comparing phone stages. The built in McIntosh is very good but I think the SimAudio is a little better! Since I do not ever spin a silver disk (always rip them) I decided to keep the SimAudio attached instead of the Oppo. I turned off the phone input and renamed the other unbalanced input to Vinyl. A bit of a pain to do but when it is set there is no reason to play further .
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    Randy, it's really been fun reading your posts about your experiences with the MA252. Sounds like a real keeper to me.
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    The MA252 sure does make life simple. Great sound just makes it a winner!
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    Re: MA-252 inbound

    I agree, the MA252 really makes things easier and it sounds fantastic!

    The other night I compared the built in phono stage with the external SimAudio again. Even though the built in is very good the SimAudio is very special. When I tried the McIntosh built in again, after having the SimAudio hooked up for a couple of weeks it sounded rather dry; I wouldn't say lifeless but certainly without that spark that grabs ya. I hooked the SimAudio again and it was amazing how evident the difference was. Dynamic, very alive sounding, open, more depth. I was surprised at how big of a difference I heard actually .

    So the McInotsh MA252 with the external SimAudio phono stage is definitely a winner!
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