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post #31 of 365

It's beautiful. I want one.

Yeah, $5K is steep but Mcintosh products have a healthy habit of retaining their value well over time, unlike some other stratospherically priced manufacturers' wares.

Still can't find a photo of the rear of the unit.

post #32 of 365
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Originally Posted by Stil View Post
 

It seems at double the price of a D100, you get the programmable crossfeed, the multiple impedance settings, Mcintosh analog meters,  and a speaker amp.  That said, the Amp portions could be better than the D100's, which I hear is pretty decent.

 

Those extras you mention as compared to a D100 is what justify the cost for me, so in short I could get a Macintosh all in one for only $4500 that could power my B&W 683 speakers, my incoming paradigm Signature, serve as a DAC for my TVs and cover all my headphone life with premium sound quality, to sweeten the deal, I get those beautiful blue VU meters dancing with me at night (which I always wanted for a long time )

 

And lastly this amps has been advertised to work with IEMs with its impedance settings..

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Edited by Audiowood - 1/21/14 at 10:44am
post #33 of 365
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post
 

 

Those extras you mention as compared to a D100 is what justify the cost for me, so in short I could get a Macintosh all in one for only $4500 that could power my B&W 683 speakers, my incoming paradigm Signature, serve as a DAC for my TVs and cover all my headphone life with premium sound quality, to sweeten the deal, I get those beautiful blue VU meters dancing with me at night (which I always wanted for a long time and its better than looking at tube amps glowing at night)

 

And lastly this amps has been advertised to work with IEMs with its impedance settings.. All for only $4500.. I am very likely to sell some of my speakers and amps & simplify my glass rack to just the MHA100 and of course with the new signature speakers beside it... Now I need to find a dealer and reviews..& get the cash of course.. :)

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I would think the speakers you mention would need more than 50 watts per channel to power them (I have a set of Paradigm speakers as well, they need over 100wpc to sound good), but that's off topic.  :)

 

We don't know all the internals.  There may well be double the price worth of internals, but I guess until we hear a review, or listen to it ourselves we won't know.  I'm actually interested to see how this compares to an equivalent 5k Headphone system.  

post #34 of 365
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Originally Posted by Stil View Post
 

I would think the speakers you mention would need more than 50 watts per channel to power them (I have a set of Paradigm speakers as well, they need over 100wpc to sound good), but that's off topic.  :)

 

Thanks for the info.. looks like not enough power for my future speaker,  I thought it would cover it as paradigm mention that the Suitable Amplifier Power Range is from 15 to 225W.

post #35 of 365
This may be a silly thought, but if this is a great headphone amp, couldn't you also use the built in speaker amp to power hard to drive planar/ortho headphones as well.

If you have headphones that could take advantages of both of these uses, it could add to the "value proposition" IMO.

Plus..it is a McIntosh.

If I won the lotto, I would have a rack full of Mc gear. smily_headphones1.gif
post #36 of 365

I also wonder if the dials will work well with headphones hooked up.  The Image shows that the dials are in Watts which goes from 0-50, so unless they are driving hungry Head phones, it might be moving that needle very slightly :)  Or do they go to a different scale when it detects head phones vs Speakers. 

post #37 of 365
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Originally Posted by painted klown View Post

This may be a silly thought, but if this is a great headphone amp, couldn't you also use the built in speaker amp to power hard to drive planar/ortho headphones as well.

If you have headphones that could take advantages of both of these uses, it could add to the "value proposition" IMO.

Plus..it is a McIntosh.

If I won the lotto, I would have a rack full of Mc gear. smily_headphones1.gif

: Beerchug:

post #38 of 365

Don't approve of the price but hey this is McIntosh we're talking about.

 

There new headphones are rip off at rumoured $2k. "Beyer clone".

post #39 of 365
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Don't approve of the price but hey this is McIntosh we're talking about.

 

There new headphones are rip off at rumoured $2k. "Beyer clone".

I think I read that they are actually being produced by Beyer, so that wouldn't be surprising.

post #40 of 365

I read that as well but I'm not too sure. Just hope they add dampening to that "tesla driver" lol.


Edited by DefQon - 1/23/14 at 11:32pm
post #41 of 365

I have to admit despite the crazy price this does intrigue me.  If the internal DAC is sufficient quality, this could be a great all-in-one endgame peice.  Of course, I'll wait for impressions.  I could picture a pretty epic desktop setup consisting of this with some KEF LS50's.  Plus I'm sure many dealers would give a discount, especially if you got them in combination.  It's feature set would probably put it in direct competition to the Schiit statement stack, which would be tough, considering the price difference.

 

Of course, this wouldn't be a purchase for me anytime soon, and unfortunately, I don't see enough of these selling to be popping up used very often.  Though if I see one used in a year or so, I could see myself snatching one up.

post #42 of 365

This amp positively demands a Jude video review.

post #43 of 365
Yeah. This is very appealing. Price is painful. Would love to demo this.
post #44 of 365
Don't understand the "painful price" comments at all.
Priced a Woo Audio, Head Amp, Cavalli, or any other high end headphone amp for that matter??
$5-6K is the norm, and those amps don't have a built in DAC, or speaker amp. And there's no brand name there to speak of, vs a McIntosh.
This amp is a downright bargain!!
post #45 of 365
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Originally Posted by Surge74 View Post

Don't understand the "painful price" comments at all.
Priced a Woo Audio, Head Amp, Cavalli, or any other high end headphone amp for that matter??
$5-6K is the norm, and those amps don't have a built in DAC, or speaker amp. And there's no brand name there to speak of, vs a McIntosh.
This amp is a downright bargain!!

Because for me 5k on a headphone amp is a large sum of money. Regardless of features.
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