In my humble opinion.....mac components do not sound good at all. With that said....I admit I have never owned any of their stuff. I have auditioned them in listening rooms for years and it always goes back to the same thing and that is that I really want to like the sound but there is never anything there. They do look great though!! Maybe it is that the person controlling the equipment is not giving it time to warm up which might be the case. There are 3 companies that many people love and I will never own 1. Bose 2. B&W speakers and 3. Mac. I understand why people like them but in the long run they seem like they don't compete with other high end (of course bose is not considered high end). I do quite honestly believe that some people are hearing the music differently than others. As stated in this forum a musician likes Mac so there has to be something that some people are possibly not hearing. I consider myself an audiophile that has worked in the business for a few years. It has been said that audiophiles (not all) don't really like mac gear. It could also be that the mac sound is too full sounding for audiophiles and it sounds good to some but not to others??