Mono-Extremes get my vote!
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Edwyun, two main reasons for me to desire the Mcintosh:
1>I´ve heard a system on a high end show here in Brazil a couples of years ago, that consisted of my current player (Prima 2005), my current speakers (Gallo´s Ref 3.1) and between them, a brasilian high end pre-amp (Audiopax Model 5) and a Mcintosh MC 402, all linked w/a couple of high end expensive cables. Although I have the same speakers and player, and my room is better than the one I heard that system on the show, I cannot get the same result w/ my current set up: my system simply doesn´t sound that good.
2>Since I started this hobby about 10 years ago, the Mc´s continue to be a kind of "dream" to me. I cannot think of another high end gear that can beat the Mcintosh´s in terms of classy look, beauty, 'status', etc (IMO...).
But, as I stated in my thread, I won´t pay more money for the dream, classy look of a MC 252 (the MC 402 I cannot afford) if it doesn´t sound clearly better than the Odyssey Monos Extremes since it is more expensive than the Odyssey´s. If there is anyone that has heard both amps and can post an opinion, that will be perfect.
Edwyun, unfortunately it is not possible for me to have the Mac at my room for a real test. There is only one Mac dealer in Brazil and it is far from Rio. They usually don´t have demo gear, if one makes a purchase, then they will import the item. Besides that, you guys wouldn´t believe if I told you the prices asked for Mac gear here in Brazil... For you to have an idea, the 252 costs more than $11000 at this dealer! Yes, you read 11000+ dolars! This is a third world country man...
Mission, in fact, my dream amp would be the MC402 as I heard it w/ exactly my current set up (to be honest, I bought my Prima and the Gallo´s NR 3.1 because of that system, demoed by the time of the Gallo´s Ref launch here in Brazil). Unfortunately I cannot afford it nowadays, that´s why I asked about the 252 and how it would compare w/ the Odyssey´s monos.