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post #16 of 34
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$2500 seems inexpensive for such a loaded unit from McIntosh.
Anyone have one yet?
It would be nice to have better specs on the headphone output.

 

agreed.  $2500 isn't cheap, but for McIntosh you'd figure they'd try to charge 5000+.  I love the look of their components but they're so overpriced for the most part that it's comical.

post #17 of 34
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agreed.  $2500 isn't cheap, but for McIntosh you'd figure they'd try to charge 5000+.  I love the look of their components but they're so overpriced for the most part that it's comical.

I usually agree, wholeheartedly, especially since they fell off for years in terms of quality, but they've been making a strong comeback with hard-work and much better-quality parts!

 

- After putting the D100 through the ringer in MANY configurations:

- in my two-channel reference system as a pre/DAC

- w/ multiple headphone amps (tube and solid state), and tons of different cans  - I'm gonna try and work out buying my review sample! and I LOVE my Mytek!

 

and though usually reviewers get a decent accommodation price - usually not w/ McIntosh, so lets see what happens!!!!

 

- FULL review coming at Audio360.org!!

post #18 of 34

That helped immensely mikemercer. Look forward to that review.

 

 

Cheers.

post #19 of 34


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post #20 of 34

hey guys!

 

at CES

so gotta make this QUICK - - 

 

our FULL review of the D100 came out at Audio360.org!!

 

CHECK IT OUT HERE

 

hope you like it!

We put alot into this one, and I AM going to buy the review unit!!

 

lemme know what you think

post #21 of 34
I think the D100 is the gateway drug with the McIntosh sound. Before you know it you'll have a full McIntosh system. LOL. I'm speaking from experience.
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post #22 of 34

And... here's a link to the review on Head-Fi:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/698941/review-the-stunning-mcintosh-d100  :smile:


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post #23 of 34
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Now, this is something I really would like to hear with my own ears.... especially with the LCD-X directly connected to the D100's headphone jack. Looking forward reading your follow-up!

listening and takin' notes right now!!

 

 

Admittedly I've been so blown away by it merely as a DAC/line-stage - the gain is grainless - the dynamics never falter, and as far as inputs and outputs its a swiss army knife

just like my Mytek Stereo-192 DSD DAC - but as a line-stage/DAC (many people, even McIntosh, LOL, call it a pre-amp - but technically a "pre-amp" is a line-stage WITH a phono

pre-amp/phonostage, anyway...) - it KILLS the Mytek to my ears! It brings the music forward as you drive it, but not in an overly aggressive/ear-straining way - and it's just damn

toe-tappingly fun to listen to w/ my ALO Studio Six!!

 

Just starting to check out the headphone amp section right now!!

 

...actually the non-grain is something I know from other McIntosh components and I always appreciated very much.

 

But I never had the chance to check that with ultra-transparent / highest-resolution loudspeakers or headphones.

So I wasn't sure whether this virtual non-graininess was due to certain softening / rounding of signals (sorry, I have no better way to express it) or whether this is really a substantial quality of McIntosh components that would also stand against a highest-resolution reproduction background.

 

So the Audio360 review definitely helped me to clear that out, at least for the D100... thanks!

 

Now, who knows, if I didn't just recently buy the HDVD-800 ...(what I definitely do not regret)...

 

Still, I actually would look into the D100 as a excellent DAC with an equal-quality headphone-amp integrated, whereas the HDVD-800 is a mainly excellent headphone-amp with a 300$ level DAC integrated... so lets see whether I decide to upgrade the DAC part of the HDVD-800 with the D100...:confused_face_2:


Edited by musikaladin - 1/8/14 at 6:56am
post #24 of 34

Does the D100 need an amplifier with the LCD-X? I'm interested in this and the NAIM DAC-V1 as an all-in-one. I have a matrix m-stage I can use as an amp, but it sounds like the creators went through some trouble to include good headphone amps in each of these products.

post #25 of 34

Anyone with a sample try it with a T1?  I've heard other high output impedance amps match well, wondering about this one...

post #26 of 34
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Does the D100 need an amplifier with the LCD-X? I'm interested in this and the NAIM DAC-V1 as an all-in-one. I have a matrix m-stage I can use as an amp, but it sounds like the creators went through some trouble to include good headphone amps in each of these products.

Not at all!

I listened with my LCD-X, directly connected to the D100 - as stated in the review (if I missed that, sorry) and it sounded dynamic, quick, electrifying.

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Originally Posted by musikaladin View Post
 

 

...actually the non-grain is something I know from other McIntosh components and I always appreciated very much.

 

But I never had the chance to check that with ultra-transparent / highest-resolution loudspeakers or headphones.

So I wasn't sure whether this virtual non-graininess was due to certain softening / rounding of signals (sorry, I have no better way to express it) or whether this is really a substantial quality of McIntosh components that would also stand against a highest-resolution reproduction background.

 

So the Audio360 review definitely helped me to clear that out, at least for the D100... thanks!

 

Now, who knows, if I didn't just recently buy the HDVD-800 ...(what I definitely do not regret)...

 

Still, I actually would look into the D100 as a excellent DAC with an equal-quality headphone-amp integrated, whereas the HDVD-800 is a mainly excellent headphone-amp with a 300$ level DAC integrated... so lets see whether I decide to upgrade the DAC part of the HDVD-800 with the D100...:confused_face_2:

that would be KILLER! That combo!

post #27 of 34

How about the LCD-2.2?   I think these are a bit harder to drive than the X.  

 

Any specs on power output on the built in Headphone amp?

post #28 of 34

I tried the D100 recently at the stereo shop fed both redbook and HD stuff from a macbook.  I only listened to it briefly with my HD800, but I have to agree that it sounded GREAT!  I hope they make a D101 or something with an analog input for folks that want to use vinyl also.  If they do that, I might buy one. 

post #29 of 34
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I tried the D100 recently at the stereo shop fed both redbook and HD stuff from a macbook.  I only listened to it briefly with my HD800, but I have to agree that it sounded GREAT!  I hope they make a D101 or something with an analog input for folks that want to use vinyl also.  If they do that, I might buy one. 

that would be GREAT

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Originally Posted by Stil View Post
 

How about the LCD-2.2?   I think these are a bit harder to drive than the X.  

 

Any specs on power output on the built in Headphone amp?

I'll get em!

But it drove my LCD-3's just fine!!

post #30 of 34
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I just went all tingly thinking about trying the D100 with that EAR and maybe the Fostex TH900.

Then I looked in my wallet ...

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