I should be auditioning the 462 on Tuesday if all goes as planned. However I’m only able to test in-store and not in my home so it won’t be a fair comparison to the 452. To make matters worse I will be hearing the 462 with B&W 803 D3’s, which are I believe a fair bit better (and more expensive) than my D2’s.
The main reason I’m testing the 462 is as a reference point for what I’m now most interested in testing, which I will also test on Tuesday- the Gryphon Diablo 300.
I have notes on what I found to be lacking with the 452, and if the Diablo can beat the 462 in these areas and do nothing else wrong, I think I will have found a winner. If not, then I’ll have to start searching for a suitable preamp for the Bryston.
I don’t mean to steer you away from McIntosh too much as I can see how some would prefer its smooth and complete midrange, but another thing I was a bit disappointed by was build quality. Not that it was bad. But up close, it just didn’t come close to the rock solid feel the other brands in the same price range had, despite the heavy weight. Mcintosh preamps I thought on particular did not give an impression of sturdiness at all. This was a surprise; I didn’t expect to have that reaction.
Nevertheless I will post an update on the 462, but all I will have to directly compare it against is the Gryphon, which probably won’t be a fair fight.