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post #6316 of 19856
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Listen to their new gear...spectacular. When my kids get older and I can go back to speakers, McIntosh is definitely on my radar.

For you, I might just take another look. biggrin.gif
post #6317 of 19856

Again OT, but if money wasn't an object, my choices would be Burmester, SimAudio Moon or McIntosh.  Just coming off the Toronto Audio Video Show, these were the absolute best setups I've heard. Let your ears decide.  OTOH I heard a $250K Mc system that was not too impressive.. they were using McIntosh speakers.

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Sure, you can't take it as gospel, but after tons of research on forums, Mc is not recommended very often in any price range. I've been making the rounds to my local Hi-Fi dealers, and while they do deal with Mc, none of the setups I heard had any Mc gear. They are long past their prime, IMO.
post #6318 of 19856
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For you, I might just take another look. biggrin.gif

 

That's just it with McIntosh, for the most part, they are wasted on most speakers. ;) 


Edited by MacedonianHero - 11/14/13 at 8:13pm
post #6319 of 19856
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darTZeel, Mark Levi, and Rogue for me. Speakers of course... Wilsons.

(Sorry for the OT)
post #6320 of 19856

Maybe, but not wasted on Martin Logan's ;)

Back OT.. the HD800 are the closest HP's that I found that match the speed, air and accuracy of ML speakers. Maybe that's why I like them so much. Stax are out of my snack bracket so they're not in the running for me.

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Edited by MickeyVee - 11/14/13 at 8:17pm
post #6321 of 19856
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darTZeel, Mark Levi, and Rogue for me. Speakers of course... Wilsons.

(Sorry for the OT)

Sorry...again for being OT, but the best Wilson setup I've ever heard were driven by a McIntosh MC452.

post #6322 of 19856

I spent some time this week with the Vandersteen Model 7's and all Audio Research gear. Best I have ever heard. The source was an SME model 20 TT with the Lyra Atlas cartridge.

 

 

 

Oh yeah, I got to hang with Richard Vandersteen too....:D

post #6323 of 19856

So, which one is Richard?

post #6324 of 19856

on the left

post #6325 of 19856
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on the left

Yes sir....Very interesting man. It was quite a privilege to spend time with him.

post #6326 of 19856
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I would to.  However, it's been a few Head Fier's that took First Watt amps over a few McIntosh amps.  Just saying..:blink: 

Yep

 

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I just won't buy that sorry. :smile: No way, no how, no time. :p

...it's me, and I'm not alone. 

 

I'm not going to say McIntosh as a whole over First Watt, but the MC302 was thoroughly spanked by the F5.

post #6327 of 19856

I think that Pass amps especially against the Mcintosh solid state amps goes hands down to Pass. Macintosh makes better tube amps  than they do with their solid state amps. I heard many Mac's solid states and  the Pass amps are in another league., Nelson Pass is one of the very best designers making solid state amps and on the same level as Spectral which are the very best solid state amps I have heard.   Mac strength has always been tube amplifiers.  The older Pass Adcom designs also were excellent namely  the 5500 and the 5800 amps Nelson designed for Adcom. They're were outstanding amps as well for a very reasonable price. i owned the Adcom 5800 and demoed the Macintosh 250 watt amp side buy side and preferred the Adcom in the early 90/'s and bought the Adcom for the PSB Stratus Golds.


Edited by Frank I - 11/14/13 at 8:51pm
post #6328 of 19856

^ Words of time, dedication, and experience right there. That surely counts for something.

post #6329 of 19856
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Yep

...it's me, and I'm not alone. 

I'm not going to say McIntosh as a whole over First Watt, but the MC302 was thoroughly spanked by the F5.

That 's not the amp FWIW I was referring to. wink.gif oh and this isn 't the early "90s . A lot has changed in 20 years.

And I 'm a big fan of Pass too . Again my statements stand with the myth around the insane power requirements of said headphones. Frank's WA 5 does a fantastic job and doesn't need to put in. 30 W into 50 ohms. wink.gif

Maybe this discussion is better suited on the, oh I don 't know? HE-6 thread?
Edited by MacedonianHero - 11/14/13 at 9:05pm
post #6330 of 19856
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That 's not the amp FWIW I was referring to. wink.gif oh and this isn 't the early "90s . A lot has changed in 20 years.

And I 'm a big fan of Pass too . Again my statements stand with the myth around the insane power requirements of said headphones. Frank's WA 5 does a fantastic job and doesn't need to put in. 30 W into 50 ohms. wink.gif

F5 is 25 watts @ 8ohms, while the MC302 is 300w @8ohms. Myth debunked. :)

 

What model are you referring to by the way?

 

EDIT: This is going to sound cliché, but it's all about the first watt and the current, in regards to HE-6. So long as the rest of the system is matched. Pure honey! :L3000:


Edited by brunk - 11/14/13 at 9:34pm
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