Have you tried the Mc equipment? I added another Mc275 when I got the Dunlavys and couldn't be happier!
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C2300mc275, I wouldn't be doing anything until I got the speakers and experimented.
I have heard twice now this devialet paired up with your speakers and the Stella's and did not have me convinced but then I heard it with some Tanoy's sounded better but the sound stange appeared compressed specially when it came to the height of performers. The same Tanoy set-up heard a Jadis and was marvelous, nice stage height etc. and prefered such.
I heard your speaker paired up with ARC gear and sounded marvelous.
Best of luck and enjoy!
Thanks so much for your replies!
Jimateo - I have not got my speakers yet so not tried the Mc with them as yet- they might be great, although I do worry about the 3.1ohm dip causing a little difficulty for the mc275.
Jaxwired - the Bryston sound is a little too clinical for me - I used to be a Bryston owner and left the brand for more musicality, which I found with the mac. I did miss the extreme resolution of the Bryston tho.
Pdreher - I am running gold lion kt88s and 12ax7s as I found these to be the best tube sound for my taste. I thought the c2300 was meant to be pretty darn good? I mean many of the guys on audio afficionado are running the c2300 as their pre with 601s for example.
Lapierre - I am using Nordost Vishnu power cords. What does the fuse do and what brand?
Dev - appreciate the warning. The devialet is off the agenda now as my dealer is offering such pathetic exchange prices!
I have considered the 2 mc275 route also bud wife not too keen about floor space. Lol.
Thanks and please keep your suggestions coming!
IMO I have to agree with your thoughts about the 275 being too slow and not detailed enough for your speakers,that was my reasons for moving on with that amp when I owned one a few years ago.I think thats one of the down sides of McIntosh.I also dont think an additional 275 would solve your issues really.Although I havent heard the new MC452,its touted as being faster with better detail than what Mac has done in the past.Might be worth a listen
Replacing the cheap 25 cent fuse will not produce a measured improvement but IMO improves the overall smoothness and little details heard from the likes of percussion and some voices. I use both manufactures in my system:
HiFi Tuning Fuses $39
IsoClean Fuses $29
Gold or Sliver are available.
Vishnu power cords delivers greater bass depth and weight, so you should be set with the MC275. If your using Golden Lion KT88 you should be getting close to 90 watts power and extended headroom.
Insight...most of my music experience is listening to fast instrumental jazz and latin and with emphasis on percussion and drums. Obviously I don't think the MC275 is slow IMO based on my music selection.
I have found getting any new speaker means trying different combinations, it's the joys of this never ending hobby of ours. I would suggest first to start with trying to find other owners of the same product if possible speaker and see what road they have gone down. If all possible see if you can go for a listen, in the end it really is going to come down to what you flavour.
Enjoy and best of luck!
Thanks for your help. My speakers arrive this Monday! Yippee.
I am going to run them with the Mc stuff 1st to see how I get on. I have a dealer bringing me over the Devialet for a home dem for a week, which will be great.
I am looking into Vitus - heard great reports from their gear.
I will also try VTL, but again the mark up in UK is a lot. The MB450 monos look a good match but are again $ for £, which is crazy.
It might sound mad to some of you living in the U.S but the monstrous integrated - ASR Emitter II (top specced one) is very affordable over here so that might be an option although the wife might not like the sheer room space taken up!
Okay - my speakers arrived and I am extremely pleased. I have settled with the Devialet for my amp - what a wonderful sound. I am like the cat that got the cream here at the moment. I have resolution beyond anything I have heard before, speed, dynamic swings which have blown me away mentally and physically, whilst remaining extremely musical. One of the true revelations for me in this system is being able to really hear the room - I know people write about this and I thought my old system did it a bit, but this is a whole new ball game. You might ask - so what? Hearing that resolution just brings you ever nearer the live event and that is what it is all about for me. The clarity in human voices is wonderful - I have been listening to a lot of opera arias where this is apparent.
Anyway, I'll probably go on and onand bore you but suffice it to say that I am one satisfied listener.