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post #91 of 148
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Originally Posted by louis9 View Post
 


Any idea if the Mcintosh D100 110V can be converted to 220V using a transformer?

You could reach out to Audio Classics in New York and ask them.

They'd know for sure.

post #92 of 148

a technician can tap the transformer at the ends instead of the center. assuming it is a dual pole which it should be. do not attempt this unless you know how! fire or death can result from shoddy mains work. I like gear that just has a switch in the back. just turns the phase right opposite with the flip of a switch.

post #93 of 148
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Originally Posted by music_man View Post
 

a technician can tap the transformer at the ends instead of the center. assuming it is a dual pole which it should be. do not attempt this unless you know how! fire or death can result from shoddy mains work. I like gear that just has a switch in the back. just turns the phase right opposite with the flip of a switch.

GOOD IDEA TO POST:

 do not attempt this unless you know how! fire or death can result from shoddy mains work.

post #94 of 148
Thank you so much guys for the precaution. I really want this D100. The nearest McIntosh dealer is in Hong Kong.

Any other idea, how to convert the voltage?! That doesn't get me kill?
post #95 of 148

I just said that in case someone reads this and gets any ideas. I can do that all day long. does not mean anyone else should. the people here that build from scratch can but those are folks skilled with electronics. I always go into home depot. I see people with a cart full of breakers and a diy handyman electricity book on top. I pray they are not my neighbors lol. the two things a novice should not mess with is electricity and gas! you all are probably like,duh but you would not imagine how many people think they can try. often with tragic results. I know this is off topic. I feel it is worth the warning being put out there. roll op-amps whatever. worst case a little smoke. play with the transformer and someone might not be telling us what happened.

 

Louis, you could use a converter at the plug. just get a good one. I do not think that will affect sq on a good component. in fact may improve it. 220v is much more stable than 110v. it is just a coil. don't get a $15 one though. if it is over $40usd for one plug should be fine. what it does is exactly what I was speaking of. just outside the cover and safely. just google international power converters.

 

btw, equipment does tend to sound better if it can run on 220v. my listening rom is on a three phase heavy battery infrastructure grid. 


Edited by music_man - 3/23/14 at 4:41pm
post #96 of 148

I just got my D100, first impressions very good; I could compared it to a Benchmark DAC1 (not at the same time), and I liked the McIntosh much more, more musical, but still very detailed. The headphone amp is also nice, but not in the hi-end league (anyway enough and good sounding one for low impedance headphones like Denons, Grados, etc).

post #97 of 148
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I just got my D100, first impressions very good; I could compared it to a Benchmark DAC1 (not at the same time), and I liked the McIntosh much more, more musical, but still very detailed. The headphone amp is also nice, but not in the hi-end league (anyway enough and good sounding one for low impedance headphones like Denons, Grados, etc).

AWESOME!!

 

Congratulations @raulcf77 !!

 

I agree the D100's headphone output is not in the high-end league - but it is nice. I love it driving my Grado 325i's for example.

 

But the DAC is first-rate! Running balanced into my Cavalli Liquid Gold - WHOAH!!!!

CEntrance actually provided the USB implementation for the USB DAC - and the D100 is now a part of my top reference rig!!

I had so much fun writing our REVIEW for Audio360.org

SO happy for you. 

Welcome to club McIntosh (IF its your first MAC)

post #98 of 148

Has a comparison with Bruston BDA-2 been done ? I have been scouring the net for a comparison.

post #99 of 148
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Has a comparison with Bruston BDA-2 been done ? I have been scouring the net for a comparison.

Hmmmm

 

I don't believe so - but my buddy has the Bryston (I think its a BDA-2) - and I can ask him!!

 

Want me to see of I can do that comparison??

 

And DON'T WORRY: If the Bryston end up doing a better job I'll admit to it!

McIntosh retains its value better than any audio products out there!!!!

post #100 of 148

I like the McIntosh much better than the bm dac1 for listening. for recording the dac1 remains the standard. it is like you can drive a totally stripped race car with a cage on the street but personally I would rather not. some people do though. I lived with the dac1 in my bedroom for a long time. nowadays there is much nicer to listen to at reasonable prices. 10 years ago the dac1 was really the only game in town under 6 grand. I am not listening to the McIntosh either but it is a strong contender.

post #101 of 148
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Originally Posted by music_man View Post
 

I like the McIntosh much better than the bm dac1 for listening. for recording the dac1 remains the standard. it is like you can drive a totally stripped race car with a cage on the street but personally I would rather not. some people do though. I lived with the dac1 in my bedroom for a long time. nowadays there is much nicer to listen to at reasonable prices. 10 years ago the dac1 was really the only game in town under 6 grand. I am not listening to the McIntosh either but it is a strong contender.

 

yeah I had a BM DAC1

- I have their new DAC2 HGC here for review actually! I'm pumped to give it a listen: Feeding signal through it right now to break it in for some listening sessions...

 

I loved the DAC1's DAC (yeah, I know - DUH) but I was never a fan of the headphone amp section.

I did, however, dig the DAC1HDR's headphone amp.

 

But, IMO, the D100 as a DAC KILLS the DAC1 (still have one for comparisons) in terms of detail retrieval (resolution), dynamics, and soundstaging. But it should be that way!

Like you said the DAC1 is 10 years old by now.. The D100 is still relatively new!!

 

I think the DAC section is the strongest feature on the D100.

It's a solid digital line-stage, and the inputs and outputs make it highly versatile.

 

I'm SO psyched I bought it.

And I also own a MYTEK Stereo192 DSD DAC - which is KILLER,

but after living with the McIntosh for a bit the MYTEK's just sittin' there. 

 

Plus - the joke about McIntosh, which is often said by people who don't like MAC,

is that "it will sound just as bad as it does now in 30 years"

 

so, considering I love the sound of the D100,

I'll take that 30 years!!

post #102 of 148
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

 

Plus - the joke about McIntosh, which is often said by people who don't like MAC,

is that "it will sound just as bad as it does now in 30 years"

 

so, considering I love the sound of the D100,

I'll take that 30 years!!

 

A local dealer who sells another brand said the same thing. The new batch of McIntosh is very very different from the older generation stuff. Those who dislike McIntosh sound for whatever reason, might just like the new generation of gear. They still keep the 6600 current though, albeit without an internal DAC. Almost all new McIntosh Integrateds come with a built-in DAC. 

post #103 of 148
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post
 

 

A local dealer who sells another brand said the same thing. The new batch of McIntosh is very very different from the older generation stuff. Those who dislike McIntosh sound for whatever reason, might just like the new generation of gear. They still keep the 6600 current though, albeit without an internal DAC. Almost all new McIntosh Integrateds come with a built-in DAC. 

YUP!

and with CEntrance doing the internal USB work for them - I know its quality.

 

PLUS: McIntosh did go through a grey period, where their quality dipped.

But they've been back, STRONG for a few years now.

 

Hell, I was one of those guys who didn't like MAC!

But I LOVE the D100!!!!

 

It's now my primary reference DAC for my personal audio rigs!

post #104 of 148
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

YUP!

and with CEntrance doing the internal USB work for them - I know its quality.

 

PLUS: McIntosh did go through a grey period, where their quality dipped.

But they've been back, STRONG for a few years now.

 

Hell, I was one of those guys who didn't like MAC!

But I LOVE the D100!!!!

 

It's now my primary reference DAC for my personal audio rigs!

 

But I really wish McIntosh would include a HDMI input. I love to see a 2 channel setup with my BluRay/PS3 setup (I don't like the sound from my optical), that's the reason I have been eyeing NAD M51 for a very long time. And then, McIntosh releases this one, with a nice price point.

post #105 of 148

this is less expensive for them but darn good. their real expensive stuff is as good as anything. if you like the sound. I am not using it because I liked something else personally but I would be proud to wear the McIntosh badge and have before!

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