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If you saw a 383 for $2500, it was a steal. I've never seen them for anywhere near that.
I think that there are other integrateds that sound better, but the leveinson is incredible from a design stand point. It is a real joy to use. The remote is great, and the features are quite impressive. I know it mostly comes down to how it sounds, but why not love using it at the same time?
Yes that is a steal at $2500. Personally I like the Levinson sound. Alot of people do NOT like ML and love Krell and vice versa. Take some views here with a grain of salt trust me. I have heard Krell amps that I really like especially the FPB series. IMO it depends on your speakers mainly. ML to my ears is neutral so if you like coloration then you will not like ML products. I have heard or owned several ML amps so I do have some experience. One of my favorites is the older No.29 at 50wpc. The 300 series is more refined but bang for buck this baby Levinson plays some serious tunes. I have not heard the 383. From my understanding it is a 331 amp and a 38 preamp. Not sure if the newer ones are that much different?
Heard the Mac6500 on some Fabers at a dealer and it was outstanding compared to a NAD M3 (or whatever their comparable int amp is). Alive, vibrant, musical. Natural...well...not sure what natural really is, so can't comment. NAD sounded much darker, reserved. I like alive, but not bright. However, if you can get a 383 for 2500, BUY IT!!! You won't lose a cent if you try and don't like.