McIntosh C52 to C53 Upgrade


I had a McIntosh C50 pre-amp/DAC that I replaced with a C52. Now thinking about upgrading to a C53. For those of you that have gone down this path, is this a worthwhile/noticeable upgrade? Any noticeable change in SQ? I can't say in all honesty it was noticeable to me going from a C50 to the C52.

mgattmch

Wasting your hard earned money.  The new one may look different but the sound quality will be the same.  Bad move. 

I concur with previous posts. I own many Macs. Don't upgrade just because it is a new model.

The two units are the same, except that the C53 has the DA2 already installed.

Paul Seydor, who owns the C52, did a review for The Absolute Sound, where he compares both units: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/mcintosh-c53-preamplifier-and-mct500-sacd-cd-transport/.

The review made me go with a used C52 over a new C53. Saved a few grand and got everything I wanted. I  don't stream and the DACs in the MVP891 and the Marantz SXA-KI Ruby's MMM I have are more than adequate.