SO sorry I've been outta touch EVERYBODY in this thread. I threw my damn bulging disc in my back out - and been down for 2 /12 weeks!
We've been fortunate enough (as mentioned in previous posts) at Audio360.org to get the McIntosh MHA100 in for review (a grand scoop
for us - we also reviewed the D100 if you're interested in reading about that) - and my partner in the review @HiFiGuy528 - and the review commissioned BEFORE his tenure at Woo Audio started BTW..
Did his part and he's been waiting on my sorry ass!
I had some friends help get the amp up on my 2 workstations in the house (yeah, embarrassing - but couldn't lift a thing) - and I gotta ton of notes ready to go, and I've giving the MHA-100
a couple more intense listening sessions - WITH THE D100 ahead of it as the DAC.
So, since we have to return the unit by Thurs. - we aim to have the review up in 7-10 days. Michael and I have put alot into this piece. I was psyched to get a sneak peak at CES - and I used
my Audeze LCD-XC and Moon Audio Silver Dragon cables with it. I was VERY impressed (and that was just a prototype) with it's ability to capture the emotive power of the music as well as the dynamic power. It was also quite transparent (MAN that word is abused in HiFi today) on tunes like Radiohead's "Everything in it's Right Place" and Tori Amos's "God". for examples.
But I didn't hear it long enough to make a formal impression.
WELL: I've had it for a few weeks now, and I'm not scared to lead with this (leaving much for the review): I wouldn't sell my Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold (as that paired w/ the McIntosh D100 DAC and Unison Research tube phonostage is MAGIC) but I would consider selling my ALO Studio Six to buy one!
With vinyl via my Unison Reseach tube phonostage and VPI Traveler turntable w/ Ortofon 2MBlue cart - and digital via my MacBook Pro SSD/Amarra + Spotify as my front-ends feeding the MHA:
I'm far more impressed than I was at CES! This makes sense as this is a production unit. I've driven the following cans with it:
Audeze LCD-X, XC, LCD-2 & 3 w/ Fazor
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs & Mad Dog Pro
Grado SR 325is
Audio Technica ATH-900X
I've gotten completely lost in listening sesh's with this sexy beast. Yeah, as my partner Michael Liang said: "This ain't just a pretty face." This sounds like my grandfathers McIntosh gear used to sound:
Lush, dynamic, colorful timbre (NOT colored artificially - but captures the essence of the color in the music), and it's dead quiet!
Played everything from Shabbaz Palaces to James Blake, Bonobo, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Burial, and many others thru it - and it's kept me captivated for 10+ hour sessions!
McIntosh seemingly watched the field here - and did what they had to do to compete at this price!
And - for that price - you get a slid 50W per channel amp to drive desktop speakers as well. Now - I hope they make a less-expensive version without the speaker taps!
But- it drove my CEntrance 2504 Masterclass coaxial desktop speakers beautifully!
MORE impressions to come - and our full review FINALLY!
Again, sorry, I've been out injured - and if this message is fragmented - please forgive me - gotta head full of drugs right now..
Yours in Sound,
Edited by mikemercer - 7/2/14 at 2:28pm