McIntosh MHA200 Impressions
Sep 27, 2022 at 11:09 PM Post #901 of 913

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Thanks Jason. I replaced my 12BHA7 stock tubes with JJ 12BHA7 tubes I purchased online. The replacement tubes are shorter than the stock McIntosh labeled tubes but they sound good. Thanks.
 
Oct 13, 2022 at 2:01 PM Post #902 of 913

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Do I dare ask how much one of these amps would be? How would it compare to a Feliks Echo Mk2 (which I have)?
 
Oct 19, 2022 at 6:54 PM Post #903 of 913

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Do I dare ask how much one of these amps would be? How would it compare to a Feliks Echo Mk2 (which I have)?
I just posted this amp for sale bundled with some upgrade tubes for a decent price. I owned the Echo MK1 and it was a solid amp. The MHA200 has the edge in terms of sharper resolution (regardless of tube being used), more focused and upfront mids, and being more versatile with headphones of different impedances. If you prefer OTL tubes, then stick with the Echo MK2
 
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I just posted this amp for sale bundled with some upgrade tubes for a decent price. I owned the Echo MK1 and it was a solid amp. The MHA200 has the edge in terms of sharper resolution (regardless of tube being used), more focused and upfront mids, and being more versatile with headphones of different impedances. If you prefer OTL tubes, then stick with the Echo MK2
$2500 USD and I’m not allowed to comment on the comparison you asked for
 
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So thanks to this thread I have joined the club, took delivery of my MHA200 yesterday, with some backup tubes suggested in here too. Dave > MHA > Elites. First impressions before it's had much burn in: I now understand what people mean by holographic. In my old set up I heard all the detail, but with this the detail is in a large circle around me. So thanks.
 
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So thanks to this thread I have joined the club, took delivery of my MHA200 yesterday, with some backup tubes suggested in here too. Dave > MHA > Elites. First impressions before it's had much burn in: I now understand what people mean by holographic. In my old set up I heard all the detail, but with this the detail is in a large circle around me. So thanks
 
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I'm wondering isn't this setup too polite on the top end? I know midrange of MHA200 very well and I'm feeling pretty confident about it.
On many headphones the midrange is so luxurious
 
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Even though I swore I’d never go back to tubes (I did all tube analog for 30+ years before I decided it was enough), old habits die hard, and I just pulled the trigger on an MHA200 to power my new Audeze LCD-3. Hopefully delivery will be tomorrow or Monday, since the store is in Vestal, only about 3.5 hours from NYC. Sorry @TSAVJason, but both my sons went to Binghamton U., and I have a long history with Audio Classics (plus they gave me a smoking’ deal on a like new trade in with brand new Mc branded tubes*, a 1 year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee on top of that).

*I’ve also got plenty of nice ecc81, 6201 and 12bh7 tubes left over from my VTL days, so I’m ready to roll…

The waiting is the hardest part.
 
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Hi everyone. Time question.

I've been listening to my MHA200, love it. Currently got the stock tubes in, but when i bought it I got some Mullards and some Electro Harmonix... Wondering whether I keep going with stock or try tube rolling. I'm sure I read someone in here say it takes 200 hours for it to really sing, and I'm not there with the stock yet, and I'm not unhappy with the stock I just... wonder. Any advice please?
 
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Hi everyone. Time question.

I've been listening to my MHA200, love it. Currently got the stock tubes in, but when i bought it I got some Mullards and some Electro Harmonix... Wondering whether I keep going with stock or try tube rolling. I'm sure I read someone in here say it takes 200 hours for it to really sing, and I'm not there with the stock yet, and I'm not unhappy with the stock I just... wonder. Any advice please?
Tube rolling is a slippery slope - fun, but slippery. If you’re happy, you can wait until you’re unhappy before you start messing around. AND, if cost is a big consideration, that’s the way yo go (tube rolling can become an expensive game). BUT, otherwise, since you’re already curious, life is short - if you’ve already got ‘em, use ‘em. I’m new to this amp (mine hasn’t even arrived yet), but I’m talking from 30+ years’ experience as an inveterate tube roller.

YMMV, Just my $.03, etc., ad naiseum.
 

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