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Yes this is a great choice and the preamp in particular will sound great. I recommend you take a trip to Niagra Falls where there is a McIntosh dealer. Right now equipment is even cheaper in Canadian $ due to the exchange rate! Many Americans from as far as New York, and those in the Detroit and Buffalo area are doing exactly that!
Thanks all for your comments. I will not be able to buy from places that do not follow the UK voltage system as HK is a 200V, 50Hz AC voltage country. Please could someone also give me the retail prices in the US or Canada that the discounts of 20% are quoted off. I realised only yesterday inn my search that the retail prices differ significantly from country to country. The US retail prices I saw somewhere on the internet said US$12,500 per MC1.25KW and US$13,000 for the two-chassis C1100. I would like to close the purchase in the next 3 days.
I heard your desired combo and then heard the speakers with a up the line Rotel. I liked the Rotel synergy more but it was under store acoustic conditions. I was surprised that I didn’t think the Big Mac mono blocks were worth the extra money.
I’m not telling you that the combo won’t be perfect for you in your room. What I am saying is echoing the above advice to be careful and not buy on subjective forum recommendations alone.
I think when when you get into the level of speakers you’re looking at, I would view the pairing decision slowly and carefully.
I just invested in a new McIntosh 8900 integrated and B&W 804 D3s as part of a wholesale system upgrade. I did receive a fair discount on both the Mac and the B&Ws. I am in the U.S.
As as far as pairing goes, imho, I think these two product lines do it better than most, especially in their price ranges. My system was just installed this week. It sounds terrific now and once everything breaks in, I am sure it will only get better.
I dont think you can go wrong with these two manufacturers.
Absolutely correct on the US buying power in Canada. I am just outside of Toronto, and had a guy drive up from D.C. a while back to buy a McIntosh component I had for sale. I gave him my original bill of sale(unit was about 1 year old) and he told me that even at the original sale price that I paid when I bought it new for from the dealer, It would have still been worth the drive for him. Go figure???
It’s been nine months since purchased and my office system sounds better than I ever imagined; dead quiet, great low end, natural sounding mids, and highs from heaven. I am ecstatic with the synergies. I can’t imagine you not being extremely pleased with your choice.