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post #181 of 1237
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Any idea of MSRP?

$4500

post #182 of 1237
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Any idea of MSRP?  I have a McIntosh Integrated Amp (MA 7900) that came with the same tool.  :)

$4,500.

post #183 of 1237
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$4,500.

 

IF the DAC inside is good enough to become the only DAC of a complete audio system, then the price is OK.  

 

But...If the DAC inside is "So-So" and therefore the $4.500 paid are mostly for an Headphone AMP that need a "better DAC" to get the best possible SQ, then there are a lot other TOL headphones amps for this price that I can recommend ( ALO Studio 6, EAR HP4, Cavalli, Eddy current ...)

 

So... i really hope the DAC inside is as good as their D100 (but I have some doubt: for example, the D100 has balanced outputs, while the DAC part of this one is SE only (the pre-out RCA).  

post #184 of 1237
I know not many people would use the speaker taps, but I am hoping it can drive bookshelf speakers good. Just wondering if anyone has tried before. Thanks.
post #185 of 1237
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I know not many people would use the speaker taps, but I am hoping it can drive bookshelf speakers good. Just wondering if anyone has tried before. Thanks.

In general i would presume it depends on speakers, so if you consider the specs of the amp and match them with the speakers you should be all set.  I heard McI gear before on speakers and I was impressed.    My concern is really their ability to drive HE6. 

post #186 of 1237
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In general i would presume it depends on speakers, so if you consider the specs of the amp and match them with the speakers you should be all set.  I heard McI gear before on speakers and I was impressed.    My concern is really their ability to drive HE6. 

This package sounds too good to be true. LoL
There should be a good chance to audtion this locally.
post #187 of 1237
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That thing is a beauty! Tell us what do you think.
How's a!
post #188 of 1237
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In general i would presume it depends on speakers, so if you consider the specs of the amp and match them with the speakers you should be all set.  I heard McI gear before on speakers and I was impressed.    My concern is really their ability to drive HE6. 

It drives the HE-6 as good as my Threshold T50 does. I tried it out of the headphones output with the high impedance and high gain settings because that is the setting putting out the most power through the headphones output. I was listening at 47% and then I connected the HE-6 to the speakers tabs and at 47% I could not notice much different in level of sound or quality. Maybe, just maybe a not significant more body out of the speaker tabs. Your concern was mine because I want one amp capable to drive all my headphones (with the exception of the SR-009) and after listening to the MHA-100 I realized I found it so I placed an order for it.

post #189 of 1237
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It drives the HE-6 as good as my Threshold T50 does. I tried it out of the headphones output with the high impedance and high gain settings because that is the setting putting out the most power through the headphones output. I was listening at 47% and then I connected the HE-6 to the speakers tabs and at 47% I could not notice much different in level of sound or quality. Maybe, just maybe a not significant more body out of the speaker tabs. Your concern was mine because I want one amp capable to drive all my headphones (with the exception of the SR-009) and after listening to the MHA-100 I realized I found it so I placed an order for it.

 

happy for you that you found your dream amp.

 

And did you used it's internal DAC for thoses tests or an external DAC ?   Id you used it's own DAC, did you find it musical & sweet enough ?  no need for an external one ? 

post #190 of 1237
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happy for you that you found your dream amp.

 

And did you used it's internal DAC for thoses tests or an external DAC ?   Id you used it's own DAC, did you find it musical & sweet enough ?  no need for an external one ? 

I did not use the internal DAC because I am not planning on using in since I have a very good external DAC in the Bricasti M1. The source was a McIntosh SACS/CD player through the analog balanced inputs of the amp.

post #191 of 1237
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It drives the HE-6 as good as my Threshold T50 does. I tried it out of the headphones output with the high impedance and high gain settings because that is the setting putting out the most power through the headphones output. I was listening at 47% and then I connected the HE-6 to the speakers tabs and at 47% I could not notice much different in level of sound or quality. Maybe, just maybe a not significant more body out of the speaker tabs. Your concern was mine because I want one amp capable to drive all my headphones (with the exception of the SR-009) and after listening to the MHA-100 I realized I found it so I placed an order for it.

thanks! Another choice to consider. 

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Any "first impression" HiFiGuy528 ?   do you like it ? 

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I just got a call form the dealer. My unit still will take at least another week to be shipped. :mad:

post #194 of 1237
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I was out at Axpona 2014 in Chicago two weeks ago. McIntosh had three listening rooms there. I was very excited to finally audition the new McIntosh headphone amp and headphones but I was told that they have not come out into the market as of yet. Then I upon my return to NYC, I discovered that Stereo Exchange in Manhattan is now selling them.  Hopefully, I will be able to audition them soon.  I hope everyone is well. 

post #195 of 1237
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I was out at Axpona 2014 in Chicago two weeks ago. McIntosh had three listening rooms there. I was very excited to finally audition the new McIntosh headphone amp and headphones but I was told that they have not come out into the market as of yet. Then I upon my return to NYC, I discovered that Stereo Exchange in Manhattan is now selling them.  Hopefully, I will be able to audition them soon.  I hope everyone is well. 

The amp is out but I think they only shipped review samples and dealer floor models as of yet. I placed my order last Thursday and today the dealer told me it will take a couple of weeks to get here. I don't think the headphones are out yet.

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